A Journey into Artisanal Excellence
Nestled in the enchanting city of Chiang Mai, Thailand, lies a hidden gem for all chocolate aficionados – Siamaya Chocolate. Stepping into their chocolate factory is like entering a world of magic where the aroma of cocoa tantalizes your senses and the passion of the artisans radiates through every corner.
A recent visit to Siamaya left us mesmerized by their dedication to crafting exceptional chocolate and their commitment to sustainable practices.
I’ve been a loyal follower of Siamaya Chocolate since I was introduced to their chocolate around 2020. They offer an extensive range of exciting flavors, making them an excellent choice for gifts to share with friends and family. I was delighted to find their chocolates available for purchase at Phuket International Airport. Over my various travels, I’ve brought back numerous bars of their delectable chocolate as gifts to Ireland.
On a recent trip to Chiang Mai, we finally got to visit the chocolate factory!
A Warm Welcome
From the moment we walked through the doors of Siamaya Chocolate, we were met with warm smiles and genuine enthusiasm. The team’s friendly demeanor and willingness to share their knowledge made the experience even more delightful. The on-site café and bar provide the perfect ambiance to savor their delectable creations while soaking in the serene surroundings.
One remarkable feature of Siamaya is its co-working space. It’s a haven for creative minds seeking inspiration and productivity, all while enjoying the aroma of chocolate in the air. This unique blend of work and pleasure adds an extra layer of charm to the factory.
Learning and Exploration
Siamaya’s commitment to education is evident through their diverse chocolate workshops held throughout the year. The opportunity to delve into the art of chocolate-making and learn about the journey from bean to bar is a treat for both novices and connoisseurs. The factory tours they offer are not only informative but also allow visitors to witness firsthand the craftsmanship and dedication that goes into each chocolate bar.
The Founders’ Story
The foundation of Siamaya Chocolate is deeply rooted in passion. Founded in 2017 by Kristian Levinsen, Neil Ransom, and Mantanan, the company emerged from a shared love for Asian cuisines and a desire to create something exceptional. Their journey from mastering the art of chocolate-making to perfecting the quality of their products reflects their unwavering dedication.
Siamaya’s mission is encapsulated in their dedication to using only the finest ingredients. Their pursuit of excellence leads them to source all-natural and organic cacao beans directly from local farmers and co-ops. The commitment to paying above market rates ensures that farmers receive fair compensation for their invaluable work, fostering sustainability and supporting their future endeavors.
Siamaya Chocolate stands out for its innovative approach to flavors. Drawing inspiration from Asian influences, their creations surprise and delight the palate with unexpected combinations and infusions. Their adventurous spirit has been acknowledged through international chocolate awards, showcasing their prowess in the art of chocolate-making.
At Siamaya, environmental sustainability is more than just a catchphrase; it’s a way of life. From using recycled materials and soy-based inks to reducing waste and electricity consumption, they consistently strive to minimize their environmental footprint. Their zero-plastic packaging, coupled with the use of local ingredients, exemplifies their dedication to creating a greener world.
Siamaya’s commitment to direct trade exemplifies their dedication to ethical practices. They pay farmers around 2-2.5 times more than Fairtrade programs, fostering pesticide-free farming and a no-burning policy. This approach not only empowers farmers but also contributes to a healthier environment by mitigating agricultural pollution.
Equality – Education – Empowerment
Siamaya’s values extend beyond their products. Their commitment to equality and education is evident through their inclusive workforce and their engagement with the local community. They promote diversity, fair pay, and respect for all employees. Additionally, their outreach programs offer students a unique opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, social awareness, and sustainability.
Siamaya Chocolate Thailand is more than a chocolate factory – it’s a celebration of passion, sustainability, and innovation. From their humble beginnings to their present-day excellence, Siamaya embodies the true essence of artisanal chocolate-making. A visit to their factory is not just a tour; it’s an immersive experience that leaves you with a profound appreciation for the artistry and dedication that goes into creating each delectable piece of chocolate.
Our top 5 Siamaya Chocolate flavors
- It’s too hard to pick only five!
- Please note; Simaya has an extensive range of both vegan and non-vegan bars.
- Banana crunch
- Mango chili
- Coconut milk