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Monggo’s Efforts to Reduce Plastic Pollution

More than 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950. It weighs the equivalent of 80 million whales, 1 million elephants, or 822,000 Eiffel towers. Unfortunately, only 9% of that amount has been recycled and the rest is still scattered in landfills and even in the sea.

Please note, the average time that a plastic bag is being used is 12 minutes, while in fact, it takes 1000 years to decompose.

From several studies show that Indonesia is the second largest contributor to plastic waste after China. According to the journal Nature Communication, Indonesia is estimated to contribute more than 200,000 tons of plastic waste mainly from Java and Sumatra. Many rivers in the urban areas are full of garbage and cause flooding during the rainy season. In fact, four rivers in Indonesia are included in the 20 dirtiest rivers in the world.

Many people don’t realize that we already consume micro-plastic on a daily basis. Plastic polluted rivers supply watering for plantations, which then provide food to the nearby cities, or, the micro-plastics are simply consumed by animals that become daily food base such as fish and chicken in Indonesia.

Chocolate Monggo’s Efforts to Reduce Plastic

At Monggo, we’re not only enthusiastic about making chocolate. We love sweet food as much as we care about environmental sustainability. And ever since, we were especially worried about plastic waste.

All our retail products do not use plastic packaging, but are protected by aluminium foil, which degrades faster than plastic, and wrapped into a paper packaging made of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper.

However, we also feel responsible that our packaging is disposed correctly. We like to remind our consumers about it and therefore, print a Javanese man, who correctly disposes his trash, on each of our products.

Besides, we have always given paper bags for our customers to carry their purchase. The paper bag that we provide is less harmful to the environment than the plastic bag and can be reused as well. We also serve our drinks with paper straws, paper cups, paper box for takeaway snacks.

To learn more about all our efforts to reduce plastic, follow us on Instagram or visit us at our production in Yogyakarta to learn more.

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Easter is Coming

Chocolate Monggo creates seasonal products for special occasions, especially those where people like to share with their loved ones. Soon Easter is coming up, for which we created several chocolate products to celebrate.

Over the years the “egg-hunt” has become a popular European tradition to celebrate Easter, especially for children. Usually decorated eggs are hidden by the parents for the children to find.

Today, easter bunny and eggs made of chocolate became important for the celebration of Easter. At Monggo’s showrooms those chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies can be found in different sizes, either with a filling or hollow. This Giant Easter Egg is entirely made of Dark Chocolate with 58% of Cocoa and guarantees to delight its happy finder.

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Kedai Chocolate Monggo

The café culture is on the rise in Indonesia, especially because of the younger generations, who categorize cafés not only as a place to relax and mingle but also to do other activities that are more formal and productive, such a studying, working or having a professional meeting. Coffee is consequently a popular drink these days. The availability of good quality chocolate drinks, on the other hand, remains scarce.

At Monggo, we’ve created various chocolate drinks with a similar quality as our regular products. You will find the Chocolate Drinks at our Kedai Cokelat that is located at our Chocolate Museum and Factory in Bangunjiwo. With an open and connected Javanese-style, slightly modern but with iconic Javanese features such as the Joglo itself (open Javanese building, resting on wooden columns), or the  Gebiok (Javanese wood carved walls) that surround it, the Kedai is such a place to spend time at.

The focus though lies on our authentic chocolate beverages. Various cold and hot chocolate drinks with different percentages are available, reaching from Milk, Dark Chocolate with 58% of Cocoa and Dark Chocolate with 69% of Cocoa until Dark Chocolate with 77% of Cocoa. The beverages are prepared only from real chocolate and Milk, but without adding any additional sugar.

We’re often asked why Monggo doesn’t offer cocoa powder that allows to prepare a chocolate drink. But for us, chocolate is not just made from cocoa powder. Real chocolate has to be made of cocoa mass and cocoa butter, the cocoa beans pure components that not only deliver taste and mouth-feel but also most of cocoa’s nutrition. At the Kedai Cokelat, we only serve these real and authentic chocolate beverages. Once tried, you’ll realize that a chocolate drink can be much more than just sweet. You’ll notice the unique aroma of the cocoa and how it becomes stronger and slightly more bitter, according to the percentage you chose for.

Beside those unique beverages and regular drinks, there is a mixture of coffee and our chocolate, which we call “Choco Moko”. The Kedai also offers unique snacks, made with the expertise of Monggo’s Belgian Chocolatier. Enjoy so-called “Galettes”, which are flat, French-style pancakes, with different fillings such as Salty Caramel, Hazelnut and Brown Sugar.

We try to run the Kedai as eco-friendly as possible and therefore serve our drinks with paper straws, paper cups, paper box for take-away snacks.

Come and visit us and try these unique treats, starring Monggo’s fine chocolate, in a cozy-Javanese environment.

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Working with Kulon Progo's Cocoa Farmers

The struggles of Kulon Progo's cocoa farmers

In the past years, many small cocoa farmers in Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta's Eastern district, were facing financial difficulties. Growing cocoa became an unprofitable business and many had to close their plantations.

One of the main reasons is the common practice to get fast returns by selling raw and unrefined cocoa beans, whatever the price to be paid. But the beans are of low quality, not worth much and even worse, the kilo prices constantly dropped. The farmers had to increase their cocoa yields, even though they didn’t get more in return.

An abandoned cocoa plantation in Kulon Progo. With many damaged trees which, over a decade, have not really been taken care of, but still remain productive.

Giving up on their farms

As a result, after decades of growing cocoa, many farmers could no longer earn a living from it. Many began to plant other, more lucrative crops. Others looked for work elsewhere and left behind their cocoa plantations.
There are still many abandoned cocoa plantations to be found in Kulon Progo until today, with productive trees growing cocoa. Unfortunately, most of this cocoa is neither harvested nor does it provide income for anyone.

Working together with Monggo

Monggo wants to help the farmers, who are affected by the situation described above, to make a living from cultivating cocoa again. But getting an abandoned cocoa plantation to run profitable again requires not only a lot of effort and investment. Even more important is to make the farmers believe in the cocoa business again, especially after it caused them enough financial worries in the past. And finally, it needs a fundamental change of the prior business strategy, to avoid any recurrence of the past difficulties.

The small harvest of fermented beans he produced before working with us (September 2017).

Monggo's approach

This is where Monggo gives advice and promotes a completely new approach. Instead of continuing to produce low quality cocoa beans that are sold directly to provide fast but small returns, Monggo encourages the farmers to produce high-quality beans. Therefore, Monggo shares its knowledge about refining processes such as roasting or fermenting.

Monggo has been working with farmers in Kulon Progo, who are interested in Monggo’s approach and started to rebuild and improve their cocoa production. In the beginning, basic tools and equipment were provided, especially for the refinement of the bean. Once the farmers learned to improve the quality of their cocoa beans, their harvest and its value increased remarkably and they're able to ask higher prices for their premium beans.

Monetary support for the farmers

Besides encouraging the production of premium beans by sharing knowledge and providing guidance to the farmers, they also receive monetary support from Monggo. Especially at the beginning, preparing an abandoned cocoa plantation for production needs investment. Therefore, Monggo provides some cocoa farmers with credits or advance payments for their expected premium cocoa beans. Because later when the farmer's production meets Monggo’s standards, Monggo is willing to purchase their premium beans at a higher price per kilo, while the farmers can make additional sales on their remaining beans.

Monggo has helped this farmer to drastically increase the cocoa harvest as well as the beans quality, he now supplies Monggo with his premium beans and gained financial independence again, from his cocoa alone (September 2018).

 

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We’ve opened a PRALIN Shop in Jakarta

PRALIN will be Chocolate Monggo’s first store in Jakarta that specializes on the highest delight of chocolate, the Praline. Monggo’s pralines are created by Belgian chocolatier, following the traditions originating from Belgium.

Since its invention in 1912, a praline consists of a fine chocolate layer covering a soft filling, an artisan creation and the craftsmanship of a chocolatier. The various different flavors and shapes that pralines come in allow for a tasteful voyage of discovery.

While the praline is long being known far beyond Belgium as a precious treat and popular gift, it might still be a niche product in Southeast Asia. Monggo, therefore, wants to introduce and share pralines here in Indonesia, authentically crafted and of the finest quality as if found in the streets of Brussels, Belgium.

 

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