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PISA, Haiti

tasting notes: clover nectar, honey, cranberry, blueberry

This company is committed to changing the way cacao is processed and exported from Haiti. PISA’s launch of their centralized processing facility in 2014 was a revolutionary change in Haiti’s cacao production system, which was not focused on quality but rather a bulk unfermented commodity, thusoffering the first high quality Haitian cacao to the US market.Haiti shares an island with the Dominican Republic, one of the world’s largest producers of high quality organic cacao, and the team at PISA had a vision for Haiti’s cacao industry developing in a similar way as the DR. 

Through private sector innovation, PISA partnered with farmers to give them what they really needed: pricing transparency, a consistent market, and an elimination of risk. Today, PISA still provides smallholder farmers access to the specialty cacao market by purchasing wet cacao, centrally fermenting it, and selling it at a higher price for its higher quality. PISA is poised to bring affordable organic beans to the craft chocolate market with an approachable flavor profile of classic chocolate, blueberries, caramel, and vanilla. We partner with PISA to support systems change and reduce structural inequities in Haiti, while acknowledging that the end goal for economic justice has yet to be met and will require long-term partnership across the chocolate value chain.