Fire Mountain, a new luxury chocolate company that is passionate about producing ethical products, will be exhibiting at renowned foodie event Chocfest, held on 13-14 November 2021. Co-founder of Fire Mountain, Paul Bup, is a teacher that lives in Leicester.
Fire Mountain is no ordinary chocolate. It’s made from cocoa beans harvested in the rich volcanic soil of Mount Cameroon – an active volcano over 70 million years old. It’s a rich, dark, single-origin Cameroonian chocolate; and like a speciality cheese or a fiery chilli – there’s something special about cacao. And it’s those unique bursts of flavour that makes tasting Fire Mountain chocolate an unforgettable experience to savour.
But it’s not just the products that are unique – the process behind how the business operates is also pretty special. The brand, as well as producing delicious, luxury products, also prides itself on the ethical production of chocolate. After working in the coffee and cocoa business for close to 10 years, the founders saw first hand the poverty cycle and challenges faced by the farmers, and so they decided to do something about it.
Fire Mountain helps to develop the farmers capacity through education including financial literacy and effective farming methods to improve the productivity and yield per hectare. Now, the smallholders that farm the soil for Fire Mountain are also its stakeholders. It’s what the founders call “farmer to bar”.
Co-founder Mike Paul said Fire Mountain is a brand that believes you don’t have to choose between delicious and ethical.
“We believe the best things in life should be shared. That’s why we want you to share the unmistakable taste of Fire Mountain Chocolate, but we also want our farmers to share the rewards for their hard work.
Co-founder Paul Bup said added that Fire Mountain runs its business like a family.
“It’s funny how crop rotation works in a cycle, because that’s how we run our business. One big circle. One big family. By supporting local farmers, we grow a community as well as a crop. Families aren’t forced to flee for employment. We fight against child labour, for an education for our children and fair price for our farmers. We’re sustainable and traceable. When we harvest, we all share the benefits of our beans – people as well as planet.”
The Company’s successful participation at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, was sponsored by the International Trade Centre’s United Kingdom Trade Partnerships Programme (UKTP) which is funded by the United Kingdom. ITC is the joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO. It is the only multilateral agency fully dedicated to supporting the internationalisation of SMEs. Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development.