Artisan chocolate maker Chocolarder is launching a crowdfunding campaign for a factory expansion including a unique community hub in Porthleven which will be the only location in Cornwall where confectionery lovers can see world-class chocolate being made from scratch.
Chocolarder, based in Ponsanooth, near Falmouth, is a bean-to-bar producer making chocolate from start to finish. Currently, Chocolarder is just one man in a cold concrete production space in a Cornish valley but it’s hoped the crowdfunding campaign will raise the £30,000 required to equip a new factory to keep pace with growing markets. The money raised will also help founder Mike Longman to refurbish an antique Victorian cacao roaster to accommodate the increasing demand for fine quality, ethically-produced chocolate.
Once complete, the new facility will be a real destination for chocolate lovers, hosting a café and space for chocolate workshops and events.
Mike founded Chocolarder in 2012 and since then has won acclaim and a loyal fanbase for his exquisite premium chocolate range with unique ingredients ranging from sea buckthorn to wild gorse plus gold, frankincense and myrrh! Chocolarder currently supplies selected farm shops and delicatessens across the West Country as well as high-end retailers Harrods and Selfridges.
The larger production facility will enable Mike to keep up with the growing demand for his products. Additionally, Mike will be able to share his passion and knowledge of the growers, the entire chocolate-making process and its health benefits when produced correctly.
The crowdfunding campaign will get underway at midday on 14th March at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/chocolarders-new-roaster-and-factory
where donors can enjoy exclusive gifts and experiences such as tours, corporate events and products ranging from just £10 to £5,000.
Prior to launch, the campaign has already drawn the attention of judges in a competition supported by Crowdfunder, Go Daddy, Exporting is Great and Capital IFX, and has won £1,000.
Donors can get exclusive access to Mike’s ever-expanding range of experimental products and other rewards include:
- An invitation to the launch party which is scheduled for July and will include a hog roast and of course, Chocolarder chocolates, for £40 a head
- A hot chocolate and a personal thank you from Mike at the new café for £10
- A feast night with three-course meal with Mike and also Chris Eden, the first Cornishman to be awarded a Michelin star for £100 per head
- An exclusive Chocolarder subscription giving you three bars through the post every month for a year for £150
- An exclusive surfboard with other Chocolarder merchandise for £1800
You can also buy the opportunity to name the new roaster for just £1,000 and you’ll also be the person who uses the machine for the very first cacao bean roasting!
Mike said: “This next chapter is a giant step for Chocolarder. My intention was to create a product based on the principles that have always been at the heart of great food – unadulterated enjoyment without compromise. We are genuinely thrilled to be able to open up the workshop so that people can see and feel a part of the amazing work we are doing, by bringing chocolate-making back to an artisan level and bringing about a revolution in its production!”
Chocolarder is proud of its strong ethical principles and all aspects of the business are run as sustainably and ethically as possible. Mike is committed to buying raw ingredients at above-market prices and shipping both the raw and finished product with minimal impact on the environment. Packaging is 100% plastic free and is completely recyclable.
Mike added: “We are so grateful for all the support that we’ve had from our incredible community of luxury chocolate lovers. We often say that our customers feel like friends more than strangers and we’d love to involve even more people to share in our next adventure! By crowdfunding this way, we hope to remain true to the qualities of our business that make it so special. Come and join us!”