Cocoa grower Bertil Åkesson’s father was a Swedish diplomat in Paris before starting a trading company and travelling the world. The family eventually settled in Madagascar in the 1970s and took over plantations on the island. Today, these plantations are controlled by Bertil himself in North West Madagascar where the plantations are divided into four smaller estates.
In April 2009, Bertil Åkesson and his Brazilian partner Dr Angelo Calmon de Sa, purchased the historic Fazenda Sempre Firme in Bahia, Brazil. This cocoa plantation is right in the middle of the Mata Atlantica, the wild forest with some of the highest biodiversity on earth. The cacao they grow is a Forastero strand called parasinho.
Some of Åkesson’s bars use peppers to add a little flavour, these peppers are grown close by to their beans in Madagascar.
Åkesson’s aim at offering their clients their passion for tropical foods and their love for the highest possible quality products achieved in the most ethical and sustainable way. They believe that people should purchase their products not because of the growing process but because of their superior quality and their incredible attention to detail.