I have used this fine chocolate in my class at UCLA. Nat Bletter and MADRE staff go the Solomon Islands to help male and female cacao farmers improve their beans so that they sell for higher prices on the world market thanks to higher quality. A number of bean to bar makers around the world also work with growers. Look at the back of the bar. This is important for you can see bar content and expiration date. Makers may add information on bean type, conching, etc.