Sunday, October 3, 2010

Saf Cacao (15)

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The owner of Saf-Cacao, Mr. Ali Lakiss, has been most hospitable every time we have visited his plant. Saf-Cacao was established by his grandparents in the 1960's, and he has built the company into the fourth largest cocoa buyer/exporter in Côte d'Ivoire.



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Entrance to Saf Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.







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Inside the front gate of Saf Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.







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Cocoa ready for shipping. Stacks are organized according to quality characteristics. Saf Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.






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Dryer for cocoa. Heated to 180 °F. Beans are dried to 7% moisture content. Saf Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.










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Unloading cocoa from the traitant's truck. Note the assistant testing each bag by inserting a probe in 5 locations, then dropping the samples in a blue bucket that goes to the laboratory. Saf Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.








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Laboratory assistants. Saf Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.







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Filling a tote, which holds the equivalent of dozens of "bags". Note Cargill's logo. San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.






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Exterior wall of Saf-Cacao.








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Sampling cocoa bags with a sharp, stainless steel tube. The bag is sampled in four corners and the middle, and the beans are dropped in a bucket that is sent to the lab.









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Each bag is marked according to date received and lot number. Saf-Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.









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Possibly an export slip. Saf-Cacao, San Pedro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2007. Photo by Stan Thompson.








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Building the new grinding plant located behind the warehouse and drying area. San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2008.







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Cocoa spread out to dry rather than running it through the ovens. Saf-Cacao, San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009.







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Laboratory analysis at Saf-Cacao, San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009.







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Bugged cocoa. San Pedro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009.

1 comment:

  1. Ali-Lakiss owner & CEO of SAF-CACAO who uses children to harvest the beans he buys ( it is documented many times) So this is a joke no?

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