I met Ben Ripple of Big Tree Farms the first day I arrived in Bali. We became neighbors and lived almost too close to each other in bamboo huts, and he has introduced me to many of the people who’ve become the central relationships behind R4D2. With his wife Blair Ripple of Island Organics, they were among the first to support organic farming in Bali. At Big Tree, Ben produces sugar, salt, cashews, and raw cacao—I use his cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and cocoa nibs whenever possible.
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Even though you can’t get his product anymore, we felt we had to include him here as his product is so iconic that it remains a reference point for Room4Dessert.
We have worked together to help turn our restaurant into a living apothecary.
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