I Organic Matters I Plant-based Produce I Tree-to-Bar I
- Organic matters -
A cocoa tree takes 5 years to produce its first cocoa fruit. From Tree-to-Bar, a chocolate's production requires hard works, conscious choices and patience, especially from the organic farms. Located in a humble Western Malaysia's coastal town, Lee's Cocoa started off as a personal interest within the family plantation estate, passed down from father to son since half a century ago. By choosing sustainable and biodynamic farming within the 8 acres estate land, the Founder, Adam Lee, is aspired to grow, manufacture, and supply a chemical-free, environmental friendly, and most importantly, a healthier choice of chocolate products for the market.
- Plant-based produce -
Plant-based, because less is more, especially when it comes to developing our flavour palette choices. When we decided to go plant-based, we are supporting a great cause - to be harm-free to our planet. Thousands of our cocoa plants are nurtured only by compost and eco-enzymes. Plus, our cocoa is fermented naturally without additives, including sugar. This gives our cocoa a unique taste, originality with a slight hint of fermented aroma. We even hand-picked our natural flavours from our Biodynamic farm, including coconut, banana, peppermint etc.
- Tree-to-Bar -
The concept of Tree-to-Bar chocolate production is rare in the chocolate world, especially in Malaysia. Lee's Cocoa is the first and only Tree-to-Bar artisanal chocolatier in Malaysia. Our cocoa estate in Tanjung Sepat is not only a coastal town, it is also an early agricultural land for the cocoa plantation between 1970s to 1980s. Now, Lee's Cocoa is the only single origin cocoa plantation remained. Preserving the traditions, we use only the best and natural farming solutions from Tree to Bar, hence NO Pesticide, NO Chemical and NO Synthetic elements in our organic farm to ensure the best artisanal cocoa from Lee's Cocoa.
Our visit to the cocoa farm yesterday was kind of a trip down memory lane for me.
I love the fact that we got to learn about the production process of the chocolates we consume, and most importantly, the kids got to see what a cocoa looks and tastes like in reality.
Subsequently, we were taken to the chocolate factory where we tasted different flavours of chocolate. My goodness, you can tell the uniqueness in the taste compared to the commercial ones at store shelves.
I was thrilled to learn that their business approach is based on sustainability. Apparently, nothing is wasted not even a cocoa bean is allowed to fall off the basket lol. Sustainability at its best
The husk which are literally the peels separated from the cocoa beans are packaged and sold as cocoa tea. We bought some because it tastes really good and refreshing.
And, no added artificial sweetener or preservatives. They use natural sugar extract from sugar canes and spearmint from the farm for mint flavour. The cocoa pods you think might be wasted, are literally used as manure in the farm.
Currently, they’re in the R&D phase of growing vanilla, blackberry and strawberry to enable them add more varieties of flavour to their chocolate collection.
Having learned about their business approach, this is the kind of business I would love to show my support for. I feel comfortable knowing that the chocolates are actually produced sustainably.
The art work in the farm gallery, chronicles the history of cocoa farming in Malaysia since the 80s. According to the guide, Malaysia was the 5th country in cocoa exportation at that time.
Holding that cocoa pod made me reminisce about my childhood when we would visit my maternal hometown where my grandparents’ house was surrounded by cocoa trees planted by my late grandfather.
We would play under the cocoa trees and eat cocoa all day. I remember climbing the trees as a kid and it felt so cool. Damn, I miss all that memories and my amazing grandparents
I want to do more of these things often instead of just being stuck in the aesthetic Kuala Lumpur city lifestyle.
It feels so good to pergi kampung and have that experience
We visited Lee's Cocoa Farm 1st and then to their shop in Tanjung Sepat. We had some yummy treats here and bought some chocolate delicacies for us. Their cacao pods are proudly grown organically and hand-crafted chocolate in Malaysia! Very GOOD!!!
終於收到 Lee's Cocoa Artisan Chocolate 最新推出的 80%黑巧克力，黑色鐵盒加上 ＃謝惠載畫家 的可可素描包裝，開盒就聞到巧克力香氣， 一包12片，售價 RM30。
Lee's Cocoa 的傳承人是 Adam Lee。他原本是名樂手，回鄉接手了祖父的可可園。他不只種可可，他也投入可可加工 Tree to Bar的巧克力生產鏈。他們的巧克力是用自家的可可豆製作而成，也可以稱為 Single Origin 黑巧克力。
老闆娘推薦他們家的Chocolate Drink 即溶飲料和 75%黑巧克力。早上沖泡 Chocolate Drink 搭配麵包，就是營養豐富的早餐了。黑巧克力很適合飯後小酌一片， 75%黑巧克力微酸，很解膩。Salted Cocoa Nib 是研磨成巧克力醬前巧克力豆的原型，，可以當堅果零食，也可以放在冰淇淋或蛋糕上享用。
Dark Chocolate 75% cocoa
Sesuai la nak bagi hadiah untuk makwe ke. Hadiah untuk client ke apa ke. Cantik kotak produk @leescocoa_tg18 ni!
クアラルンプールから車で約一時間半ほど南下した海沿いの小さな街「Tanjung Sepat (タンジュン・セパ）」にあるオーガニックチョコ店「Lee's Cocoa」 のカカオファームセッションに参加しました♥
Memenuhi jemputan customer kafe
Melawat ladang koko...Tg Layang
Merasai Teh Koko tapa gula..sedapp..harum koko, rasa teh..
Merasai pelbagai jenis coklat ..produk tempatan original…sedapp
Jatuh cinta pulak dg teh koko nih..
We went to visit and observe a cocoa farm tour. Tried out a lot of chocolate that we have never see before in the market. It is so delicious and special which makes me love it so much!
The one i like the most is the 60% Dark Orange chocolate.
Gais aku dah makan yang
60% dark orange chocolate tu.
Sedapppp orange dia mild je rasa. Pastu ada orange kering kat belakang choc dia comel haha tapi take pulak gambar dah habis sekotak makan dgn budak budak!