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Our Legacy

Chocolate's rich history dates back to ancient times. Early Mayans revered cacao as a drink of the gods. Aztecs used cacao beans as currency.

Legacy of Chocolate

In 2001, our founder, Frederick Schilling, became intrigued by this legacy. He started making organic chocolate in his Colorado-based home kitchen. There, he experimented with unique infusions of fruits, herbs and flowers and built a loyal following of his unique chocolate alchemy.

He built a small factory in Ashland, Oregon where his passion crystallized into a business with a mission: to craft deeply satisfying chocolate in a socially responsible way. Its name—DAGOBA—comes from the Sanskrit word for temple. Our organic chocolate is still produced on this single-line factory in Ashland, and proudly supports the community’s rich Shakespearean heritage and local sports teams.

Like our founder, we believe the best chocolate not only tastes good—it does good, too. That’s why DAGOBA Chocolate sources its cacao only from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms with non-GMO Project Verified ingredients.

To further our mission, DAGOBA Organic Chocolate established the One for All Cacao Project in 2016. The One for All Cacao Project invests in a non-profit fund administered by the New Venture Fund a 501(c)(3) with the objective of strengthening cacao communities by advancing the role of women in cocoa production. We hope to shine a light on the unique challenges and opportunities that cacao communities face, and help them strengthen the valuable role of women. We are committed to empowering community members to identify and prioritize opportunities and challenges, and jointly develop customized, sustainable plans of action to address them.

Join us on our journey to honor the senses, the land and the women who cultivate each crop of cacao. Experience the unique complexities of our inspired chocolate and its certifications. Learn more about our thoughtful ingredients and the women who make it possible. And feel good about every delicious bite.

Sourcing

Our inspired chocolate is made from organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified™, non-GMO Project Verified beans sourced only from small cacao farms.

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