Pod began in 2010 with two simple questions; how does a cacao pod become chocolate and why isn’t it made where it’s grown? Toby Garritt set out to answer these questions in a small thatch-roofed hut (nicknamed the ‘smurf house’) nestled between rice paddies, jungle and a herd of rescued Sumatran elephants. In a scene as far removed from European chocolate making as you can get it was here that Bali’s cacao beans were roasted, winnowed and ground on an almost daily basis for three years to develop Pod’s first chocolate recipes.
Fast forward to January 2013 and the opening of Pod Origin, Pod’s first boutique factory was soon struggling to keep up with demand, working late into the night to produce enough chocolate. In 2016 the decision was made to invest in modern European machinery and a larger factory combining sustainable bamboo with modern factory construction capable of producing world class chocolate to international standards. The new factory opened in 2017 with a highly trained local team ready to bring Pod to the world. The thatch roof shop a nod to the original ‘smurf house’ where visitors can taste all of Pod’s amazing chocolate and see the machinery and team in action.
Pod's main factory is open 7 days a week with free entry for visitors, free chocolate tasting and the chance to make your own chocolate bar (additional cost). Special group bookings and guided tours available on request.
Toby Garritt, CEO & Co-Founder
“Toby Garritt has grown Pod into a creator of some of Indonesia’s best chocolate.” - Forbes Life
Toby was born in Adelaide, South Australia and moved to Bali in 2001 where he married a Balinese princess and built a chocolate factory (although the chocolate factory wouldn’t come until much later). That’s the short version.
Toby originally studied law before changing tack to study with the Swiss Hotel’s Association and Le Cordon Bleu to properly pursue his passion for food, wine and business. It was here that he met his future wife Inda following which he began his career in the hotel industry where he met his mentor and future business partner Michael.
After moving to Bali Toby started a travel company, became fluent in Indonesian and travelled extensively across the archipelago. It was travel that heightened Toby’s concern for the environment and the 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali crystallised his chance to do something. Joining forces with Michael they spent the next five years in environmental initiatives to protect tropical rainforest, support communities and combat climate change.
It was during this time they first discovered cacao which led to the creation of Pod when Toby’s chocolate trials became too delicious to ignore. Since then Toby has increased production capacity a hundredfold, grown Pod to a team of one hundred and supports farmers and communities across Bali. Pod is now poised for global expansion and has been credited by the Michelin Guide as one of “a small band of chocolate makers turning the $100 billion chocolate industry on its head”.
Toby is now an Indonesian citizen and lives in Bali with his wife Inda and two children. His hobbies include triathlon and eating chocolate.
Communities & Conservation
Our love for chocolate comes second only to our love of nature. And there is no more complex and pressing issue facing our planet than that of climate change and the systemic threats facing our planet’s biodiversity, both on land and in the oceans.
We are privileged to produce our chocolate in a country of incredible diversity, a vast archipelago stretching over 5,000 km. Thousands of islands home to some of the most beautiful, rare and iconic species and ecosystems known to humankind.
Our conservation ethos is embodied in our products. Ethically sourced ingredients of the highest quality, sourced locally wherever possible and totally sustainable. Our sourcing supports communities and where possible integrates with initiatives helping communities prosper in harmony with the environment.
In the future we plan on expanding our initiatives and giving you the opportunity to join us. Stay tuned to our social media accounts for more details in 2019.