Although cocoa was introduced into Vietnam at the end of the 19th century, it was not until the 21st century that it was cultivated on a more professional scale. Cocoa is currently grown in Vietnam by more than 12,000 farmers, who usually cultivate plots of 1 to 3 hectares. Coconuts and fruit trees such as pomelo, banana and longan are also grown on the plots.
Anh Em Cocoa Co. was founded in 2017 by two school friends – Truong Minh Thang and Nguyen Duy Thong – who share a passion for cocoa and chocolate. After realizing that the quality of the cocoa produced in Dak Lak could be improved, they researched microbial biodiversity and post-harvest processes to optimize the beans’ flavor potential.
This cocoa would become the basis for some of the award-winning chocolates that Truong and Nguyen began producing through their Tbros brand. Anh Em is proud of the quality they have achieved together with the farmers and wants to benefit the producers and their communities even more. That is why Anh Em exports these beans to Europe and the rest of the world.