Harry Hummels, the first Dutch professor in Social Entrepreneurship at Utrecht University, visited the chocolate factory of alumna Tissa Aunilla for a UU alumni event in Jakarta. Inspired by her mission to make delicious chocolate AND turn the world into a better place, he looks forward to them working together.
Jakarta, 29 April 2017
“Indonesia is the third largest cocoa producer in the world according to the FAO. The country has a rich history in producing cocoa beans – with the first plantations being introduced in the 16th century. East Java is known for its Cacao Java, while on many of the other islands cocoa plantations were successfully started with their own characteristics. Cocoa beans from Bali have a distinctively different flavour than those originating from, for instance, Flores, Java or Aceh.
Much of the Indonesian cocoa production is traded on the international markets. Increasingly there are Indonesian companies that see economic, social and environmental value in producing chocolate at home. One of these companies is Pipiltin Cocoa. The company was founded in 2013 by Utrecht University alumna Tissa Aunilla and her brother. Tissa, a corporate lawyer in Mergers & Acquisitions, had a passion for chocolate and baking chocolate cakes. What started as a hobby ultimately became a profession.