Location: San Isidro de Heredia, Costa Rica Founded in 2007
George´s father challenged him to come up with a business model that would be a positive force. He said: “Costa Rica has been good to you. Do something that will be good for the country”. And so George and his life and business partner, Julio, set out to create a company that would revive an almost forgotten industry (cacao production), incentivize the formation of biological corridors between plantations, provide jobs and offer the highest quality chocolate.
Both Julio and George went to Europe to become expert chocolatiers and came back to Costa Rica to explore the diverse cacao plantations across the country, until they found the exact type of cacao they wanted for their chocolate products. Et voilá, Sibu was born.
Sibu is a pioneer in making high-quality chocolate with raw Costa Rican materials and European techniques, while keeping its practices environmentally and socially sustainable. It provides for more than 20 direct employees and so many other indirect jobs at cacao plantations in remote areas in Costa Rica.
Sustainability is Sibu´s main pillar and so, whatever they do they keep asking themselves: “are we doing enough”? From choosing the right suppliers (certified by Rainforest Alliance for good farming and neighborly practices), using cacao fiber from the bean´s shell for packaging each chocolate and working with certified organic plants, Sibu is most definitely taking sustainability many steps forward.