In 2007, Frederick Schilling, founder/CEO of Dagoba Organic Chocolate, received by mail a box filled with cacao samples, sent by Diego Badaró, from Brazil. Amazed at the beauty and high quality of the beans, Frederick replied instantly, interested in working with Diego somehow.
One month later, Frederick came to Bahia, where the two men soon realized that their journey together had just begun. This first contact, triggered by 100 cacao beans sent to the US, was the founding stone of what nowadays is AMMA CHOCOLATE, one of Brazil's major manufacturers of craft chocolate.
Diego Badaró belongs to the 5th generation of a traditional cacao farming family from the South of Bahia. He's been bringing back the cacao tradition, by developing in his family's farms an organic cacao culture, and the results have found great success in the specialized market, both in Brazil and abroad.