Our story started with love in Denver and a farm in Cameroon.
Meet Patrick & Mara
When we fell in love and started a family in 2013, we didn’t expect to be starting a global chocolate business just a few years later. But life has a way of surprising us in the best ways possible.
Bibamba has been an incredible way to connect our roots in America and Africa. Our business was built from the ground up—literally—when we purchased farmland in the Center province of Cameroon and planted cacao, plantain, and coffee seeds in 2016. Together we own and operate the farm, as well as a coffee farm in Cameroon’s Northwestern province.
Bibamba's first harvest came in early 2020. We partnered with local artisans in Colorado to learn the craft of chocolate-making and perfected three original recipes for dark chocolate bark. Patrick now leads production in our small commercial kitchen in Denver, where we transform our beans, plantain, and other all-natural ingredients into delicious, premium chocolate.
“Making a difference in the world starts with investing in great products and business practices.” - Patrick Tcheunou
Bibamba believes that raising the standards of Cameroonian products will earn a valued reputation and translate to higher prices and increased revenues not only for Smart Globe International and Bibamba, but for Cameroonian farmers.
Prioritizing sustainability, SGI applies the best agricultural and processing practices to produce premium quality products for our customers. SGI works with reputable, certified transportation and storage services to ensure quality throughout the supply chain. SGI was formed in 2015 as a Colorado Limited Liability Company.
We support employees and their communities in the following areas:
Educational opportunities including 3-month long internships for students in their community.
Environmental protection benefitting their hometown through our sustainable farming practices.
Fair wages and healthcare for our farmers. Child labor NEVER used.
We are guided by our founding values