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Meet the Team

Kate Cavallin General Manager

London, England
14 years in industry, since 2007

Favorite Bean: Mono Bravo, because of its chocolate nutty goodness.

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: Brownies baked with the excess cacao leftover from the labs.

Favorite Field Memory: Riding horseback to visit the picturesque cacao cooperatives on her first day with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.

Team Superpower: Making lists, checking things off, and persevering through obstacles to turn dreams into reality.

Justine Chesnoy SALES MANAGER - EUROPE

Marseille, France
15 Years in Industry, since 2006

Favorite Bean: Piura Blanco, because of its sharp and surprising acidulé.

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: Spooning it from a mélange on the farm that harvested the beans.

Favorite Field Memory: Experiencing the breathtaking landscapes of the Dominican Republic and soaking up the positive energy of our partner farmers.

Team Superpower: A relentless can-do attitude and endless energy to get things done (powered by chocolate, of course).

Dan Domingo Sales Manager - USA

New York, New York
14 years in industry

Favorite Bean: Piura Blanco

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: Among friends, exploring qualities and flavors together.

Favorite Field Memory: Traveling through Ecuador and discovering the differences in scale and diversity between bulk and specialty cacao farms.

Team Superpower: A keen eye for details in the sensory analysis and grading of fine cacao.

Rich Falotico Commercial Advisor

New York, New York
16 years in industry

Favorite Bean: Mexican fermented, because of its strong pungent acidity.

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: Dark nibs paired with a great up of coffee.

Favorite Field Memory: Visiting the mountain gorillas with a partner chocolate maker in the Congo’s Virunga National Park.

Team Superpower: Bringing experience, wisdom, and perspective when navigating the complex landscape of the cacao market.

Jose Altamirano Trade & Logistics Coordinator

Guayaquil, Ecuador
5 years in industry

Favorite Bean: Zorzal, because of its mix of citrus and chocolate flavors.

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: Melted on bread.

Favorite Field Memory: Venturing deep into the Ecuadorian jungle to observe the operations and traditions of a remote community of cacao farmers.

Team Superpower: Providing rapid and reliable support on all things exporting with a “no task is too small” attitude.

Valentina Bosia Quality Specialist and Sales Representative

Amsterdam, Netherlands
7 years, 2016

Favorite Bean: Zorzal, I've fallen for its fresh complexity.

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: I love a cup of hot chocolate on a winter night

Favorite Field Memory: Bringing chocolate that I have made to the farmers who grew the cacao. Tasting it together and discussing their impressions felt like a long journey coming full circle.

Team Superpower: Sensory analysis and bean-to-bar making experience. Once a chocolate maker, always a chocolate maker!

Abolaji Obafunso Traffic Co-ordinator

NV, Belgium
7 years in the industry, since 2015

Favorite Bean: Ecuador Mono Bravo

Favorite Way to Eat Chocolate: I love to eat milk chocolate at breakfast to boost brain activity.

Favorite Field Memory: Seeing first hand how cacao is cared for on its journey across the world with visits to the warehouses.

Team Superpower: One team, one voice.

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