Our small batch chocolate is made from cacao that is sustainably and ethically grown, harvested, fermented and sun-dried on small farms throughout the Americas and East Africa. Once we receive the whole beans we inspect them by hand, picking out any inferior or broken beans. We then hand-crack, winnow, and stone-grind them for days until they have become a beautiful chocolate liquor.
We use only two ingredients - cacao and organic cane sugar - in our single-origin dark chocolate. No added cocoa butter, no soy emulsifiers and no fillers of any kind so that what you taste is the true flavor of the chocolate from different regions. Our flavored bars are also made of two-ingredient chocolate, but have additional flavor ingredients like peppermint, coffee, coconut milk, and sea salt, all sourced with an eye for local, organic and fair. By sticking with just cacao and cane sugar, the end result are bars that are not only delicious, but that are also vegan, soy and gluten free.
Peru: San Martin de Pangoa
Products made with this cacao
Nicaragua: MatagalpaWe source our Nicaraguan cacao from Cacao Bisiesto- a small, socially conscious fermentary in the Nicaraguan highlands. Co-founders José Enrique Herrera and Gifford Laube met while Gifford was a Peace Corps volunteer in the region years ago and opened their business to support farmers interested in producing higher quality cacao for the craft market. Cacao Bisiesto pays above market prices for wet cacao and then manages the fermentation and drying of cacao in larger batches, thereby improving overall quality and decreasing the variability in taste and quality between batches. In addition to their superior prices, Cacao Bisiesto also offers free training and education for farmers in cacao tree planting and management.
In 2017 we personally visited their fermentary and met with José Enrique, Gifford, and several of their farmers. We love meeting our producers in person and are always encouraged at seeing the positive impacts of direct and socially responsible trade in the countries of origin.