Puerto Rico

Dancing Lion Chocolate will contribute 10% of its October revenues to the Puerto Rico relief effort.

Our hearts go out to our friends in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, which has been decimated by two major hurricanes within the past several weeks.

As many of you are aware, over the past years Dancing Lion Chocolate has been interested and involved in developing the island as a source for high-quality cacao and chocolate. Cacao in Puerto Rico dates back to the early 1600s, and some of the strains appear to be very precious. Two weeks ago I was working to source cacao beans from my friend Eduardo Cortes–I’ve not heard from him since. As there is no communication within the island, we don’t know the status of the farms and farmers, but the situation looks grim. The island has been decimated and the people are in rough shape.

While we hope that the disaster relief effort will rival those in recently-battered Texas and Florida, Puerto Rico has neither the resources nor political clout of the two states, so we can merely wait and watch.

If you’re able to help–and Puerto Rico needs all the help it can get–the Center for Puerto Rican Studies provides a list of vetted organizations that are collecting disaster relief. The island currently has no power, no communications, no fuel, and food and water are a concern. Please consider contributing.

Dancing Lion Chocolate will contribute 10% of its October revenues to the Puerto Rico relief effort. Our thoughts go out to the people of the island, and particularly to my friends Robin Phillips, the Agusto family, and the Cortes family.

Kind regards,

Richard Tango-Lowy