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Daarnhouwer is a vibrant company with a long history in international trading and a promising future. Since 1908 Daarnhouwer is an established brand name in originating and supplying specialty cocoa, tree nuts and coffee. We are focussing on long-term reliable partnerships through accurate execution of contracts and agreements. We do so by caring for our customers, the environment, and global staff. We are proud to participate in relevant sustainability schemes that nurture the environment, whilst improving yields and quality.
We believe in our products and want to share this passion with you.
Therefore our suppliers get a higher income and a better price for their goods and services throughout the supply chain! We aim to add value to our customers by looking at them as partners in business delivering solutions. Thus meeting their needs in quality, certification, price-risk management and on-time delivery. We carry a broad range of high-quality Arabica and Robusta coffee beans from around the globe. And we are proud to supply a global range of brand name & specialty coffee roasters.
Procurement and quality assurance of our Indonesian quality coffees is provided by the PT Daarnhouwer organisation in Medan (Indonesia). This operation is optimising the supply chain management for shipments delivered to your doorstep. To further improve our services, a majority share in InterContinental Coffee Trading Company (USA) was acquired in 2011. ICT is supplying a wide range of customers demanding a wide variety of high quality coffee beans in the USA with coffee beans we originate amongst others through our facilities in Medan.
Cocoa, a product from around the globe is what we do well and have established ourselves as a leading source of quality cocoa products, information, and on-time delivery for many years. Our cocoa products are the essential ingredients in many food applications we love to consume on a daily basis.
When you are looking for tree nuts, you first think of us. Daily interaction with the exotic origins of tree nuts provides our customers with reliable information.
In order to ensure that the food supply is safe for the consumer and that our products meet the foreign and domestic (EU) regulatory requirements, Daarnhouwer has a strong focus on safety and quality throughout the whole supply chain.
We use a food safety system called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). Daarnhouwer is HACCP certified since 2004. HACCP is a scientific, systematic approach that assesses potential food safety issues across the food chain, from procurement and handling of raw materials, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
HACCP establishes preventive measures to keep out potential food hazards and focuses on effective administration to demonstrate a continuous commitment to food safety.
Part of this program forces us to stay fully informed about all (changes in) EU regulation and legislation concerning the products we work with. Our team has extensive knowledge in this field, thereby closely cooperating with several independent laboratories and national and international associations involved.
Daarnhouwer is proud to be one of the first suppliers of Fairtrade certified cocoa beans in the world. We have established a long-standing relationship with the Kuapa Kokoo Farmers’ Cooperative in Ghana and actively market their Fairtrade certified cocoa beans to our international clientele.
Additionally, we trade (EU and NOP) certified organic and other certified cocoa beans and products to accommodate your requests.
Besides the HACCP certification, we control every product before it is stored in our conditioned warehouse. We sample all incoming tree nuts within Daarnhouwer and randomly select samples to be analyzed by an independent accredited laboratory.
The story begins in the rainforests of Central America and the Amazon basin, where cocoa trees originally grew. As long ago as 600 AD, the Maya Indians of Central America were making a chocolate drink by roasting the cocoa beans and adding water and spices. They valued this drink so highly that they cleared land and grew more cocoa trees, to increase the supply. And so they became the first cocoa farmers.
They also used the precious beans as a form of money. On to the Aztecs, Maya traders brought cocoa beans northwards to the land of the Aztecs, in what is now Mexico. The Aztec nobility loved the chocolate drink, described as ‘finely ground, soft, foamy, reddish, bitter with chilli water, aromatic flowers, vanilla and wild bee honey’.
Nowadays the worldwide production of cocoa accounts for 4 000 000 tonnes. 70% Is coming from Africa, mainly Ivory Coast and Ghana.
The Celts equated hazelnuts with concentrated wisdom and poetic inspiration, as is suggested by the similarity between the Gaelic word for these nuts, cno, and the word for wisdom, cnocach.
There are several variations on an ancient tale that nine hazel trees grew around a sacred pool, dropping nuts into the water to be eaten by some salmon (a fish revered by Druids) which thereby absorbed the wisdom. The number of bright spots on the salmon were said to indicate how many nuts they had eaten.
Turkey produces around 70% of the global production.
Greek mythology tells of the beautiful princess Phyllis, who was left waiting at the altar on her wedding day by her intended, Demophon. Phyllis waited for years for him to return, but finally died of a broken heart. In sympathy, the gods transformed Phyllis into an almond tree, which became a symbol of hope.
When the errant, remorseful Demonphon returned to find Phyllis as a leafless, flowerless tree, he embraced the tree. The tree suddenly burst into bloom, a demonstration of love not conquered by death. A similar legend is popular in Portugal.
California, USA is the world's largest producer of over many varieties of almonds.
The famous legend of coffee goes back to the 3rd century when an Ethiopian goat herder, called Kaldi, noticed his herd behaving like young kids after eating some stimulating red berries. Kaldi, shared his discovery with the abbot of a nearby monastery, who decided to test the power of the berry himself.
He poured boiling water onto the berries he had collected and made a drink which he found helped him to stay awake during long hours of prayer.
Today, with regard to value, coffee is the world’s second largest export commodity, just behind crude oil. And, with only water being consumed in larger quantities, coffee is the number two beverage in the world.