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Koko Monk Chocolates launches Kickstarter campaign for second location
Vancouver bean-to-bar chocolate shop known for its unique hot chocolate offers organic, refined sugar-free hot chocolate cubes for supporters of pledge campaign
Paul Dincer, founder of Koko Monk Chocolates, today launched a Kickstarter campaign to help him open a second location in Vancouver.
The goal of the campaign, which runs until April 3, is to crowdfund a total of $10,000, which will go towards new equipment. Dincer’s purchases will allow the chocolatier to create a sophisticated line of “ready to brew” hot chocolate products, operate a dedicated hot chocolate café, and meet the ever-growing demand for Koko Monk’s existing line of single origin, bean-to-bar raw chocolates. Dincer hopes to open the second location in fall 2018.
Since 2013, Koko Monk has operated out of a cozy shop in Kitsilano. Drawing inspiration from his comprehensive background and education in fine art, literature and philosophy, Dincer creates one-of-a-kind, complex flavour fusions using raw chocolate (unadulterated, unprocessed cacao beans). In fact, the company’s name ‘Koko Monk,’ highlights a philosophy of living and working with one’s environment and employing natural ingredients, rather than forcing synthesized solutions that go against their natural functions.
Over the years, Koko Monk’s unique hot chocolate creations have been recognized by various media channels, including within the following stories: “27 Of The Greatest Places In The World To Get Hot Chocolate” by BuzzFeed; “10 Of The Most Insanely Decadent Mugs Of Hot Chocolate Across Canada” by Chatelaine; and “Top 10 Places To Drink Hot Chocolate” by BiteMeMore.com.
Koko Monk currently offers 14 intriguing flavours of hot chocolate, including: A Non-Conformist’s Plea For An Imaginary Summer – tomato hot chocolate with rose and raspberry; Strange Gravity – oregano hot chocolate with melon and a touch of anise; and, Brunette Bangle – curry hot chocolate with coconut liquor.
Through meticulous research, Dincer has crafted a “ready to brew” Hot Chocolate Cube, which he hopes to carry at the new location. The small, flavour-packed cubes will allow hot chocolate aficionados to make Koko Monk’s delicious cacao brews at home.
Backers of the Kickstarter campaign will be among the first to try the new product. The cubes, available in three different flavours (Authentic, Turkish Mocha, and Matcha Tea White Hot Chocolate), will be offered exclusively to backers as delicious rewards. Dincer has crafted enticing packages for a wide range of pledges, from $5 to $1,000.
“I’m so proud of Koko Monk Chocolates, a thriving independently owned business that has a strong personal connection within the community,” says Dincer. “I really look forward to expanding that community in our new location, with a larger shop and café. We’ll be able to produce a range of new products, including the Hot Chocolate Cubes, which I’m also very excited about.”
Note from me – I normally don’t support Kickstarter campaign, but as many of you know, I’m a big fan of Koko Monk chocolates and hot chocolates and will be therefore personally donating to this campaign. The owner Paul Dincer truly cares about his products and takes the time to talk to each and every customer.
For more information about Koko Monk’s Kickstarter campaign, visit: kickstarter.com/projects/
For more information about Koko Monk Chocolates, visit kokomonk.com..