Mörk Chocolate are makers of specialty, ethically sourced hot chocolate in Melbourne.
Inspired by Melbourne’s coffee culture ― which is considered by many to be the best in the world ― we have made it our mission to bring specialty hot chocolate onto the scene.
In 2012, we created the first Mörk hot chocolate blend using the same approach taken by specialty coffee-makers; with respect for the traceability, quality and unique origin of ingredients all the way from bean to cup. That’s what makes Mörk different from the drinking chocolate you find in supermarkets today.
Since then, the Mörk team has bloomed ― and so has our range. You can find it online or taste it in person at the Mörk Chocolate Brew House ― our cafe and on-site cacao roasting facility in North Melbourne, where we serve our specialty hot chocolate blends to loyal locals and everyday chocolate enthusiasts alike.
At Mörk, we focus on the traceability of everything we make. Traceability means knowing ― at every step of production ― what happens to the ingredients we use and the people and practises involved along the way.
While some of our chocolate products are Organic and Fair Trade Certified, we choose not to highlight this on our packaging. While we believe the concept behind Fair Trade is important, it’s not quite enough to ensure that a product has been ethically produced or prepared, or that its quality is guaranteed.
One reason for this is a lack of universal regulation over the use of the label ― which can make things confusing for consumers who wish to make informed choices. Another reason is that, in the industry of high quality, aromatic cacao and chocolate, many farmers cannot afford a Fair Trade certification (unlike bigger businesses and cooperatives).
We think that a commitment to the traceability of ingredients is a better way forward. For us, that means personally sourcing each ingredient used to make Mörk chocolate, and working directly with independent businesses from all over the world in a way that supports ethical and sustainable trade practices. That way, we can be sure the small producers we buy from are able to compete on the market and receive fair prices for their ingredients.
It also means you can be sure that every time you enjoy Mörk’s artisanal chocolate, you’re in for something special.
If you’d like to learn more about how the traceability of chocolate, please read our blog post about it here.