On a sunny autumn day, Karlina and Laura, from the EKOenergy team, went to visit Pieni Suklaatehdas (“The Little Chocolate Factory”) in Porvoo. This artisanal chocolate factory is not only making bean-to-bar chocolate without any additives or preservatives but also using renewable EKOenergy-certified electricity for their production.
Owners Miia and Peter Westerlund gave us a warm welcome in the Art Factory, where they moved in 2017, after 12 years of successfully managing a café in Old Town Porvoo. Peter explained that they meant to keep the café quite small, but already the first day they opened, everything was sold out at one o’clock. After some busy years, Peter and Miia seem to be happy now with a quieter workplace, and more time to concentrate on chocolate production. Even if life is now calmer in The Chocolate Art Factory, it is not getting less successful: in 2017, their Madagascar 40% chocolate won the bronze medal in the International Chocolate Award competition!
After visiting the production, we had the possibility to get our own impression of their famous products. Peter and Miia made us try their well-known Vegan Brownie Cake, made out of chocolate and black beans, and some recently created tea, made of liquorice and cocoa shell. Peter is very creative in trying new products and proudly presented his newest idea: chocolate decorated with insects. But also for the not so adventurous consumers, they offer a large variety of products: from milk chocolate to salt liquorice white chocolate and vegan 70% dark Brazilian chocolate. There is something for every taste.
While tasting all those different kinds of chocolate, we had an interesting chat about the sustainability of their production, the behavior of the consumers, renewable energies and climate change in general. Miia explained, that they are trying to live as ecological as possible. This applies to their private lives, where for example they have most of their furniture second hand, but also to their business, where the cocoa beans come from ecological sources. For Peter, using EKOenergy-certified renewable energies at their working space but also at home was a logical next step. “I am happy with the choice to have switched to EKOenergy. It was really easy. We told our energy provider, Porvoon Energia, what we want and they made us the contract”, he told. Pieni Suklaatehdas communicates about their choice to use renewable energies through the EKOenergy ecolabel, which they integrate into their chocolate packaging.
Thanks to companies like Pieni Suklaatehdas, the first step towards a more sustainable future is made, in which not only the production but also consumption is done in a more responsible way. EKOenergy is happy to be a part of this!
We thank Pieni Suklaatehdas for trusting EKOenergy and for sharing this great day with us!
Text & Photos: Laura Marie Kothe
Posted on 15 December 2017