Want to do your part for Mother Nature by planting trees, AND see what a cocoa farm that produces exceptional Malaysian single-origin chocolates looks like?
Local artisanal chocolate producers Chocolate Concierge is calling for volunteers for its reforestation project at its cocoa farm in Pahang this Sunday (June 2), which plans to plant up to 100 trees around the surrounding area.
Chocolate Concierge is a Malaysian bean-to-bar chocolate producer founded by Ong Ning-Geng, which calls itself the ‘Home of Malaysian single-origin chocolate’.
In a recent interview with StarLifestyle, Ong explained that in his quest to make the perfect Malaysian single-origin chocolate, he had resorted to buying his own cocoa farm to control the chocolate-making process, eventually buying more farms and setting up joint ventures with other local farms.
In a message on his event page, Ong writes that his farm sits next to a stream surrounded by dense foliage, and lots of diversity. “This Sunday we will expand that area of diversity by planting critically endangered and endangered species, among others!” he writes.
According to him, the plan is to plant one native tree for every cocoa tree on the farm, with priority given to threatened species. Among the species he plans to plant are Asam Gelugor, Batai, Gapis, Golden Rain Tree, Jentik-jentik, Kelompang Burung, Keruing Kipas, Meranti Daun Besar, Merawan Kanching, Merbau, Perah, Semambu, and Pisang Jari, among others.
If you happen to be interested in joining the event, be prepared to meet at Bentong, Pahang, at 9am.
“Planting will commence after a briefing. Lunch will be provided at 1pm by a stream, where you can swim. Dipping in the river is highly recommended as you will be refreshed and comfortable for your drive back to KL!” he says.
Chocolate Concierge currently produces a range of delicious truffles, chocolate bars and interesting Malaysian-themed chocolates like sweet laksa, onde-onde and teh tarik. The brand’s popularity has similarly surged and the single-origin chocolate can now be found on the menus of fine-dining haunts like Dewakan, Entier, Bref and even the Michelin-starred Nouri in Singapore.
Last year, Chocolate Concierge and Ong were even recognised by the Michelin Guide in an article about the rise of South-East Asian chocolatiers.
For more information, or to volunteer for the tree-planting event, visit Chocolate Concierge’s Facebook event page.