The dirt road before us drops down from beautiful, rolling hills into the tiny beach town of Dame-Marie, disappearing into the white sand and blue waves of the Caribbean. An eight-hour drive from Port-Au-Prince, Dame-Marie is located on the southwest tip of Haiti. Here, the farmer group Cooperative Agricole Union Developpement (“CAUD”) collects the cacao beans harvested by smallholder producers. The season is in full swing, and there are so many beans drying in the sun that we – Alex Whitmore, the Co -Founder and Managing Director of Taza Chocolate, and I – literally tip-toe around to avoid stepping on them. As the cooperative’s vice-president explains, this year CAUD has needed to turn farmers away due to the incredible volume being delivered – a good problem to have, no doubt!