Founded in 2016, Latitude Craft Chocolate is a vertically integrated social enterprise producing specialty cocoa and craft chocolate at origin in Uganda.
Our mission is to use absurdly tasty chocolate as a tool for creating local jobs and sustainably improving incomes for smallholder cocoa farmers throughout Uganda.
Latitude's journey in chocolate was born out of a deep desire to build a sustainable traceable supply chain, serving the craft chocolate market with premium Ugandan cocoa while positively impacting thousands of households. Our obsession with quality and sustainable development quickly gave way to building our own bean to bar factory here at origin, where our team of young Ugandan chocolate makers and chocolatiers produce Latitude's full range of chocolate products – from bars and bonbons to couvertures. By using locally sourced ingredients and inclusions, our aim is to bring the unique flavors and culture of Uganda to the world through chocolate.
We’re proud to be a Certified B Corporation company – meaning we meet the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
Forest of Rwenzori
The beans come from the Rwenzururu region, perched between 800 and 1000 meters above sea level, close to the border with Congo and the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda. Nestled in the foothills of the mountain range are around 1,000 cocoa farms growing 1 to 3 hectares of cocoa, sheltered from the cool Uganda climate. The cocoa trees are a mix of Trinitario and Amelonado, inherited from Ghana where the genetic source of cocoa comes from. Rwenzururu saw a resurgence in cocoa production in the 1960s and is renowned for producing organic and Fairtrade certified cocoa that does not use any form of illegal child or adult labor.