In 2003, and with the support of a volunteer and soon-to-be brand ambassador, James Bassett-Can from the United States, brought his vision to life with the help of advice from Swiss and German chocolate manufacturers when Kallari chocolates produced their first 70%–85% dark chocolate bars and delivered them to the international market with very positive reviews.
Sacha Brand of Kallari Chocolates
One of the brands under the Kallari chocolate name is "Sacha" a Quichua word referring to forest or Amazonian forest. The Sacha line of artisan chocolates is produced in a manufacturing facility in the high Andes, in the modest town of Salinas de Guaranda, in the province of Bolívar. The Sacha brand offers a dozen type of dark chocolate bars with flavors such as ginger, Andean salt, chili, cinnamon, hierba Luisa (lemon verbena), vanilla, and others. Every year new flavor ideas are suggested and then taste tested—slowing adding more exotic flavors over time. One of the favorite combinations is homemade chocolate made from white cocoa and prepared with chili.
Kallari Chocolates Achievements
At the 6th Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon, Kallari chocolates won a gold medal for the best artisan chocolate, another gold medal for the bar with the best flavor, and a gold for the best organic product. In other categories, they also placed two silver and two bronze medals. Meanwhile, in Ecuador, at the cultural gourmet fair call "Ecuador Cultura Gourmet" organized the "Ministry of Industries", Kallari won the award "The Great Golden Bar."
Continuing with their humanitarian focus, Kallari chocolates has teamed up with 6 other business creating an association of seven chocolatiers called "Asociación de Chocolateros del Ecuador" which focuses on the export market with sales in excess of $215,000 as of 2015.
The association Kallari enjoys an excellent reputation and stands out as a model for other communities that it is possible to take ownership of production and manufacturer of their crops and labor.