Golden chocolate from the Philippines

Au is the chemical designation for gold. Oro means gold in Filipino and Spanish. Together Auro – pronounce: oro.

Philippines was the first country in Asia where cocoa cultivation was introduced 300 years ago. A rich cultural tradition has arisen around this.

Kelly Go and Mark Ocampo started Auro in May 2015 after training as a chocolatier at ZDS in Solingen (Germany). Their company is involved in every step of the process: From cultivation, harvesting to the production of chocolate.

The cocoa that Auro uses comes directly from the farmers. The names of the single estate chocolates refer to this.

The main thing is that farmers use organic cultivation methods and that heirloom cocoa varieties are preserved.

Auro provides continuous support to farmers by, among other things, informing them about farm management, international quality standards and organic farming methods and the correct post-harvest processing. Of course they pay a more than fair price – two to three times the market price.