Creating a chocolate company was the furthest thing from Raphael Dapaah's mind - he went into a career in politics, and despite cocoa being a huge part of his heritage, it wasn’t until reading a shocking fact on the industry in 2016 that led him to taking a trip back to Ghana to begin building his own ethical, sustainable craft chocolate brand.
His two siblings Kwaku and Afia soon joined the company and in 2018 Dapaah Chocolates
was born with a mission to uplift local cocoa-growing communities in Ghana, create new jobs, and pay farmers better, fairer wages.
I’d heard about Dapaah because they won a Young British Foodie
award last year, then I tasted their chocolate (which totally lived up to the hype) and I knew I had to get Raphael on the pod. The Dapaah story is an incredible example of a small food brand going against the mass-market status quo and standing for big, positive change.
I caught up with Raphael a couple of weeks ago to hear their story - we chat about why he wanted to start the company, how he learnt to make chocolate, what makes their bars so unique, and his long term dreams for the brand.