The cacao world is full of intermediaries. Many serve a useful market function. But some are cronies who exploit those without power.
When we first arrived in Wampusirpi, every single producer we talked to asked us to deal directly with them, and not through intermediaries like cooperatives, who abused them. So that is what we did.
Today, we ferment and dry every bean that we sell (we don’t sell every bean that we ferment and dry: many don’t make the cut).
We personally know every producer and grower whose wet beans (in Honduras, baba) we ferment and dry. There is no one else between us to muddle things.