Alison Roberts is one of that tiny handful of people who, whilst working with food in Ireland, are quietly changing the world.
Ms Roberts does this, firstly, by revealing to people exactly what chocolate is. For Ms Roberts, cocoa is a life-giving wholefood, and the original superfood. She sources her beans from the Kuapa Kukoo Fairtrade farming co-operative in Kenya, from where they are shipped to her bean-to-bar chocolate factory in Clonakilty. There, she hand makes delightful bars of healthful chocolate.
But chocolate is only one medium Ms Roberts has for making the world a better place. Her Exploding Tree company has also introduced Cocoa Husk Tea, and here’s the good news: the husk is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, just like the beans themselves. Good for you and, after you have drunk the tea, good for your garden in the form of nutritious compost. For the last 10 years, Alison Roberts has enriched the food culture, showing different ways to work that are better for everyone. Can you really change the world via the medium of chocolate? Alison Roberts knows you can. She’s the free, and radical, disruptor of the food world.
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