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Global Plastic Pollution and Monggo’s Efforts to Reduce It

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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Welcome to Our New Website

Finally, our new website is online and it provides quite a lot to explore. It allows you to browse through and learn all about our chocolate creations, plus, we’ve added a feature helping you to locate the nearest store that offers Monggo’s products.

And besides that, there’s a lot to learn about chocolate. We’ve collected some interesting chocolate facts, mouth-watering footage, and videos here for you. Take a tour through the diverse production process our cocoa beans have to go through before ultimately becoming Chocolate Monggo.

Find out how a premium Dark Chocolate actually benefits your health.

If you’re not familiar with our story yet, we’re glad to tell you how it all began, what Monggo is all about and what we’re trying to accomplish with our chocolate in the future. Monggo, Please! Enjoy browsing through our pages.

 

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