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June 4th, 2024

Press Release: Organic brand Chocolatemakers raises €1.5 million growth money for expansion into Germany

Organic brand Chocolatemakers raises €1.5 million growth money for expansion into Germany Amsterdam, June 4, 2024 - Chocolatemakers already makes ...

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April 30th, 2024

Sailing freighter 'Tres Hombres' unloads cocoa crop in Amsterdam

After a long and arduous journey of nearly six months, the sailing freighter the Tres Hombres is welcomed with open arms ...

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April 23rd, 2024

The cocoa market (predictably) upside down

The newspapers are full of it and the cocoa industry is in turmoil. Never before has the price ...

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March 27th, 2024

World's largest bicycle transport carries chocolate emission-free from Amsterdam to all over Germany

Some 100 cyclists ride more than 1250 kg of chocolate from Amsterdam to 32 cities in Germany Saturday, March 30, for the 15th ...

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March 14th, 2024

The new crop is loaded!

Last Friday, the crew of the sailing freighter the Tres Hombres loaded the new cargo of Trinitario beans from our partner Conacado! ...

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October 23rd, 2023

Saint comes by sailboat this year.

Chocolatemakers comes up with the most sustainable Saint letters ever. From the solar-powered factory in Amsterdam's Cocoa Harbour comes yet another innovation that ...

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September 25th, 2023

Chocolatemakers takes full advantage of biodynamic trend with Demeter certified range

October 2023, Amsterdam For years, the Amsterdam chocolate company has been the textbook example of sustainable business and production. From sailed cocoa to ...

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September 7th, 2023

Visiting the lush rainforests of Colombia

Last July, Julia who is in our sales team went all the way to Colombia to visit the women's cooperative CooAgroNevada. Two days full of jungle, cocoa pods, information and fun facts we want to share with you!

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April 19th, 2023

Truly sustainable transport exists! Sailing cargo ship 'Tres Hombres' unloads cocoa in Amsterdam

After a long, but prosperous journey of nearly 6 months, the sailing freighter the Tres Hombres has returned to Chocolatemakers in the western port area of Amsterdam. In the hold: no less than 12 tons of organic Trinitario cocoa beans. Good for some 240,000 special Tres Hombres bars that will also appear in two new flavors this year. 

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October 5th, 2022

Vegan Demeter chocolate from Amsterdam Chocolatemakers sets new standard for sustainability and taste

Amsterdam-based chocolate producer Chocolatemakers is introducing two new Demeter-certified bars, building on the sustainability of their range. The ...

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August 18th, 2022

Organic chocolate. Does that matter?

Chocolatemakers' chocolate has always been organic, and always will be. Why is that? What are our reasons for sticking to it forever? And why is it important to you?

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April 6th, 2022

165 cyclists drive 1,530 kg of chocolate from Amsterdam to Germany

Schokofahrt#11 On 16 April, 165 cyclists will ride from the Chocolate Makers' factory in Amsterdam to Germany to buy 18,000 chocolate bars.

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October 20th, 2021

10 years climate impact

We can no longer afford to damage our planet's crucial ecosystems. Chocolatemakers has already had 10 years of positive impact. Impact through chocolate? Find out more here...

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September 10th, 2021

Golden ticket action

Can you find the Golden Ticket in one of our chocolate bars? Then you win a free tour of our chocolate factory! Come and see ...

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April 21st, 2021

Hundreds of Germans cycle through Germany with Chocolatemakers chocolate

17,000 bars, 100 shops and 30 cities in Germany! Once again, despite Corona, our Chocolatemakers bars are available throughout the ...

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April 13th, 2021

Sailing ship the Tres Hombres at anchor again at Chocolatemakers in Amsterdam

After a long but successful journey of almost 6 months, the sailing ship Tres Hombres has returned to Chocolatemakers ...

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February 9th, 2021

The only, real chocolate factory in Amsterdam: Chocolatemakers

Amsterdam is still the world's largest cocoa port. But making your own chocolate? That hardly happens anymore. At Chocolatemakers ...

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May 8th, 2020

Fairtrade and Chocolatemakers working together

Chocolatemakers and Fairtrade Netherlands join forces to work towards fair payment for farmers. Both organisations are working ...

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April 23rd, 2020

Strong together

These are turbulent times, but also a time in which many wonderful local initiatives are emerging. Like this one from our customers. …

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January 31st, 2020

Chocolatemakers launches a new special: Pure Love dark 65%

We love chocolate, who do you love? Mmm. Here it is, the chocolate love of your life: the ...

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October 8th, 2019

First visitable chocolate factory of the Netherlands in largest cocoa port in the world!

Chocolatemakers makes powerful chocolate from bean to bar 100% in-house 5 October 2019 - Chocolatemakers today opens its first ...

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September 18th, 2019

The most sustainable chocolate factory in the world's largest cocoa port

Chocolatemakers makes powerful chocolate from bean to bar 100% in-house What started as a boyhood dream for Enver and Rodney of ...

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June 21st, 2019

Cocoa farmers take matters into their own hands!

On 31 May, in cooperation with Chocolatemakers, the farmers' cooperative Norandino opened an organic cocoa processing plant in Piura, in the north of ...

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June 7th, 2019

Celebrate with us the arrival of the new harvest of Tres Hombres cocoa

In July, the sailing ship Tres Hombres arrives with our new harvest of cocoa from the Dominican Republic. Be part of the ...

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May 6th, 2019

How far was it cycled during the fifth edition of the Schokofahrt?

SCHOKOFAHRT FROM GERMANY TO THE NETHERLANDS FOR 18,000 REPENTTS OF CHOCOLATE On 20 April, 140 Dutch and German cyclists cycled towards our ...

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April 9th, 2019

130 cyclists ride 18,000 chocolate bars from Amsterdam to Germany

On 20 April, 130 cyclists will ride from our Amsterdam factory to Germany to deliver 18,000 chocolate bars ...

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December 12th, 2018

Fairtrade raises the minimum price

Good news! From 1 October 2019, Fairtrade will increase the minimum price for cocoa from $2,000 to $2,400 and the Fairtrade ...

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December 12th, 2018

Chocolate milk - Enver Loke

Have you ever made chocolate milk from real chocolate? Enver has the perfect recipe, which is different every time, you ...

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November 30th, 2018

Jesper (13) and Julian (14) build their own clean future

THE FIRST PAGE OF THE NEW FACTORY Jesper and Julian, the sons of the founders of Chocolatemakers, have set up the ...

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September 28th, 2018

12,000 Chocolatemakers bars by bike from Amsterdam to 20 German cities

Schokofahrt#4 Around 100 German and a few Austrian cyclists come with their cargo bikes from different parts of Germany to our ...

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September 12th, 2018

Rose de Sable - Danielle Petit

In the Petit household, there is of course a lot of chocolate snacking, which is why the bars for sale are now safely in ...

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June 22nd, 2018

Comments on the new Choco Sails

Have you already tasted them? On 9 June, at the arrival of the Tres Hombres, we presented our new Choco Sails...

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June 12th, 2018

Baci di cavaliere, a variation on the Ferrero Rocher - PaTESSerie

Tessa from PaTESSerie creates the most delicious baking recipes and writes about them on her baking blog PaTESSerie. She makes the most delicious cakes, pastries, ...

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May 22nd, 2018

NEW: Choco Sails

Choco Sails: dark milk chocolate with coffee and cocoa nibs Can you resist temptation and not eat this bag in one go? …

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May 7th, 2018

Chocolate bomb for the sweetest mama - Bouwhuis

Mother is the sweetest. And for the dearest you bake cakes, with the children. I know cakes that you don't ...

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May 1st, 2018

Our packaging is 100% compostable

It is generally known that we do not use aluminium foil, because aluminium foil is very polluting. But did you know ...

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April 23rd, 2018

Our 92% in the spotlight

You've probably already seen it, a few weeks ago we launched our new Gorilla Bar 92% Extra ...

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April 9th, 2018

Slow-cooker stew with beer and chocolate - Fun in the kitchen

Slow-cooker stew is so tasty that, as far as I'm concerned, it's the dish you can make someone ...

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March 27th, 2018

Schokofahrt #3

This weekend they are at our door again! Around 100 Germans and a few Austrians are cycling with their cargo bikes from ...

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March 22nd, 2018

New bar! Gorilla Bar 92% Extra Dark

Do you dare to look this Silverback in the eye? With 92% cocoa, this bar is extra dark, but we have ...

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March 7th, 2018

Chocolate, kumquat, sponge cake, meringue - Restaurant Moer

At Restaurant MOER (part of Conscious Hotels) they cook exclusively with pure, organic produce. Sticking to the basics, that's ...

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January 29th, 2018

Virunga cocoa 37% raspberry, yuzu & Zacapa rum Gran Reserva 23 years - Ciel Bleu**

Ciel Bleu** has been working with our chocolate since the very beginning. Their recipes are truly works of art. And now also possible ...

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November 29th, 2017

Virunga cocoa 68% - gomasio, banana, black sesame - Ciel Bleu**

Ciel Bleu** has been working with our chocolate since the very beginning. Their recipes are truly works of art. And now also possible ...

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November 22nd, 2017

Visit to cocoa farmers Congo

Last month, Rodney visited cocoa farmers and our partner cooperative Esco-Kivu in Congo. In North Kivu near the ...

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September 12th, 2017

New: Mini Gorillas!

They have been flying around the world in a KLM blue jacket for a while now (#gorillasflyhigh), but as of now they are also simply flying directly from ...

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July 5th, 2017

Over 30,000 euros raised for Peru

Thanks to your contributions, we have raised an incredible amount of over €30,000 through our 'Emergency Fund for Peru'! Thank you ...

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June 15th, 2017

A new inner coil!

Maybe you have already noticed, our bars have a new 'inner wrap'! In other words, the inside of the 2 pieces of paper in which ...

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June 1st, 2017

Chef Specials tasting | Restaurant MOER

Amsterdam has a new green restaurant: Restaurant MOER (part of Conscious Hotels) on the Overtoom in Amsterdam. At MOER, they cook ...

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May 10th, 2017

Chocolatemakers 'Amsterdam Made' certified!

Hooray! Since last week we have been awarded the 'Amsterdam Made' seal of approval. Maybe you have already seen it passing ...

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April 24th, 2017

The making of... Chocolatemakers Lecture package

As you may have already seen, Chocolatemakers has had a real Speaking Package for 2 months now. This beautiful package was created by ...

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April 18th, 2017

Our Awajún 52% in the spotlight

Maybe you have already seen it passing by. A few weeks ago we introduced our new Awajún 52% bar! …

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April 15th, 2017

Towards a 'Living Income' for cocoa farmers

The discussion about a fair price for cocoa farmers continues. Something that pleases us. After the reaction of ...

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April 7th, 2017

Fairtrade a fair price?

  Last week there was a nice piece about our bean-to-bar chocolate factory in the Parool. A piece with critical statements ...

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March 27th, 2017

Chocolatemakers establishes emergency fund Peru!

Emergency weather in Peru destroys 40 acres of cacao plantations. That's why we set up the Chocolatemakers Emergency Fund. While we in the Netherlands are building our new ...

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January 17th, 2017

Chef Specials interview | Ralph Hagen

It can sometimes be quite difficult to snare a top chocolatier for a chat. The distance (Maastricht - Amsterdam) makes ...

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December 13th, 2016

Chef Specials tasting | Chocriti

Time for our third Chef Special already, and the first "Tasting"! Last month, several professionals visited our factory for a ...

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November 29th, 2016

How things can be different in the cocoa sector

We cannot shout it often enough: things must change in the cocoa sector! Last week, a new study was published ...

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November 18th, 2016

NL wastewater feeding our cocoa plantations in Dominican Republic

The world is in a chocolate crisis. The fertile land on which cocoa grows is becoming increasingly poor. The raw materials and nutrients ...

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November 10th, 2016

Chief Specials interview | Vermeer

Time for the second Chef Special! Restaurant Vermeer in the heart of Amsterdam is chef Christopher Naylor's flagship restaurant. ...

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October 25th, 2016

Gorilla Bar' flies around the world with KLM

Especially for KLM World Business Class, we created a mini version of our beautiful 'Gorilla bar'. Our little organic ...

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October 20th, 2016

Chef Specials part 1 | Ciel Bleu

In this Special, we let chefs Onno Kokmeijer (executive chef & manager) and Arjan Speelman (chef de cuisine) of star restaurant ...

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May 26th, 2016

Ever heard of struvite?

Struvite is a mineral and is created as a by-product of water purification. It is a substance that is used very little, but it...

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April 29th, 2016

What does cocoa really cost?

True Price investigated what the real price of cocoa from the Ivory Coast should be. An interesting insight into the ...

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February 7th, 2016

Faya (10 years) at the Chocoa festival 2016

Today is already the last day of the Chocoa Festival 2016. We will be there from 10:00-18:00. Will you come and taste too? Faye ...

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November 8th, 2015

The 1930s burner works!

YEAH! Such an exciting day today, but it works! Our burner (ballroast) from 1930. A fantastic machine! And so cool ...

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November 5th, 2015

Collaboration with Rabobank Foundation

Together with the Peruvian farmers' cooperative Norandino, where our beans for the Awajun bar come from, we are setting up various projects ...

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October 1st, 2015

Who is Daan?

This is Daan Kollmer (31). Industrial designer / Engineer / Machine designer and builder. What do you do in the chocolate ...

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September 7th, 2015

Cocoa nibs in dry sausage of Brandt & Levie sausage makers

Our friends the sausage makers Brandt & Levie make delicious sausages in a very nice way. Like the dry sausage Chipotle ...

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March 30th, 2015

The crowdfunding for the one and only chocolate factory is closed

The crowdfunding for the one and only chocolate factory is closed! And with amazing success, we can say. Over 73,102 euros ...

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February 20th, 2015

Joint venture with farmers' cooperative in Peru

Another milestone for the Chocolatemakers and the Norandino farmers' cooperative. Last month, we set up a joint venture with ...

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October 29th, 2014

Chocolatemakers most sustainable company in Amsterdam!

Chocolatemakers is this year's winner of the Damprijs, the award for Amsterdam's most sustainable SME. After a complicated voting procedure, the ...

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November 6th, 2013

Handing over the first Awajun bar

A first! Last Friday, we handed over the first Awajun bar to the Vice-President of Peru, Marisol Espinoza, the President of the ...

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August 28th, 2013

Tres Hombres 75% with roasted cocoa nibs

At the beginning of June, we sent out a call for help to unload the sailing vessel Tres ...

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March 27th, 2013

Chocolate Conching

Conching (rolling) is one of the crucial steps in the chocolate production process. This traditional process was discovered in 1879 by ...

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