Hello, it's nice to meet ya.
Chief Chocolate Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Why, hello! Lauren & Preston here.
I (Preston) am chief of all things chocolate, with certification from École Chocolat in Chocolate Making, and I'm currently taking classes to be a Professional Chocolatier.
I've always had an interest in culinary crafts, and my background is in chemistry, which has turned out to be a perfect fit for chocolate making. I'm passionate about educating our customers in the complex world of chocolate and our bean-to-bar process. Through our many creations, I want people to experience chocolate in a variety different flavors, textures, and applications.
I (Lauren) am our business-side-o-things and creativity gal. My background is in cultural anthropology and economic development in the nonprofit sector, where my international work experiences shaped my desire to build a business that could positively impact communities through commerce and the supply chain. My goal is that Hello Cocoa has more than one bottom line, so that business success can be measured not only in profit, but in impact, both within our local community and globally.
..I also just love craft chocolate. And the wild world of creativity - aesthetically, culinarily, experientially - that this industry has opened up for us to explore with our community.
We love to collaborate, swap ideas, and meet new folks. Drop us a line if you'd like to connect.
Lauren & Preston
Hello Cocoa Chocolate
Oh, and then there's Mark,
He just runs the numbers and stuff.