Co Chocolat: Dubai’s First Farm-to-Table Chocolate Factory in Desert

(MENAFN) Dubai’s newest attraction, Co Chocolat, is a farm-to-table chocolate factory located in Al Warsan 3, which opened its doors to the public in November 2022. Run by Filipina sisters Iman and Luchie Suguitan, the factory produces 1.5 tonnes of bean-to-bar chocolate every month, specializing in healthy varieties made with natural ingredients like turmeric, matcha, and moringa.

Recently, the factory opened its gates to the public, offering tours that allow chocolate enthusiasts to learn about the chocolate-making process and create their own unique flavors before packaging and taking home their delicious creations. Co Chocolat is the first farm-to-table chocolate factory in the Middle East, offering a range of services, including a shop, subscription service, and an on-site café that opened in February.

The Pod Tour, led by Iman, is a 90-minute experience that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate-making process. Visitors can sample fresh cacao fruit and learn about the origins of chocolate as a fruit. Iman explains, “Not many people know that chocolate actually comes from a fruit, and we were shocked to discover that the cacao plant grows in the Philippines. The more research we did, the more we realized we could make a difference, not just to our community in Dubai, but also to the farmers back home in the Philippines.”

Co Chocolat’s focus on using natural ingredients and working directly with farmers not only benefits the environment but also supports local farmers and communities. The chocolate factory sources its cacao beans from smallholder farmers in the Philippines, paying fair prices to support their livelihoods.

With Wonka, the prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, set to release in December 2023, Co Chocolat offers a unique opportunity for chocolate enthusiasts in Dubai to experience the magic of chocolate-making firsthand. Whether it's for a sweet fix or an educational experience, Co Chocolat is a must-visit for anyone in Dubai.



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