Our journey began in 2001 as our founder Shane Hills set off to discover the essence of chocolate, which he felt was not being fully expressed. Shane travelled to Solingen in Germany to learn the art of chocolate making from the bean and more, and then onto Bruges in Belgium where he was introduced to Dries Cnockaert, a very passionate and talented chocolatier. Inspired by Shane's dream and with his own desire for adventure, Dries moved to Melbourne to help create the start of our chocolate signature.
Our aim has not changed since these formative days; the dream to create something special. The idea that chocolate could inspire, to ignite connections with chocolate's deep sensory pleasure and personality.
The first Koko Black salon opened in December 2003 and as luck would have it, our delight in sharing the immense pleasure and happiness of chocolate has turned into an Australian business employing over 300 people with locations in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Queenstown (New Zealand).