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Pump Street Chocolate

After a career at IBM, international jet-setter Chris Brennan briefly retired before deciding to pioneer the making of sourdough and other breads in his idyllic countryside bakery in Orford, Suffolk. His insatiable drive to invent unquenched, though, Chris decided to begin crafting award-winning chocolate, along with his daughter Joanna, in their bakery. Not only do their bars and beans win awards, but their innovative packaging has had accolades from designers.

Chris and Joanna recognise that the quality of the bar depends on the provenance of the beans that makes it. This is why they spend up to two years sourcing the cocoa beans for their bars from family farms and cooperatives around the world.

At the moment, the Pump Street team source their cocoa from Patanemo Village, Venezuela, Hacienda Guantupi, Ecuador and Ambanja, Madagascar and mainly through small companies that work directly with farming families to ensure that harvesting, fermenting and drying practices are met.   The beans are then roasted, winnowed, ground and conched in their bakery.

The production process for chocolate bars at Pump Street Bakery has an almost forensic attention to detail.  Chris and Joanna micromanage the process in order to bring out the specific flavours of each particular bean without letting its origin characteristics overpower the overall taste.

They also bridge the gap between their two products – chocolate and bread – well. Their 66% Patenemo dark chocolate contains sea salt and their own sourdough bread crumbs, which gives the bar a distinct crunch and intriguing flavour.

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The Pump Street Bakery building is somewhat of a local attraction in Orford.

 

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Pump St’s chocolate is strictly bean to bar. The beans are sourced from around the world, and the bars made in their bakery.

 

How we make it

The process of production is carefully controlled by Chris and Joanna.

 

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Whilst creating fantastic chocolate, Pump Street is also a fully functioning bakery too.

 

Pump Street Chocolate In The Chocolate Library

  • Pump Street Bakery - Crayfish Estate, Grenada 70%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Bakery - Ecuador 85%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Bakery - Ecuador 85% (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Bakery - Honduras Bread & Butter

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Assorted Taster Bars (Carton of 20)

    £50.00

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Ecuador 100%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Ecuador 100% (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Ecuador 85% Taster Bar (Carton of 20)

    £50.00

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Ecuador Dark Milk 60%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Ecuador Dark Milk 60% (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Guatemala 64% Dark Milk Chocolate

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Guatemala 75% Limited Edition

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Hot Cross Bun Dark Chocolate

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Jamaica 75%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Jamaica 75% (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Jamaica Dark Chocolate Taster Bar (Carton of 20)

    £50.00

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Madagascar Milk 58%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Madagascar Milk 58% (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Madagascar Milk Chocolate Taster Bar (Carton of 20)

    £50.00

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Panettone Bar, Mexico 70%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Rye Crumb, Milk & Sea Salt 60%

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Rye Crumb, Milk & Sea Salt 60% (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Solomon Isles 72% Dark

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Sourdough and Sea Salt

    £6.25

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Sourdough and Sea Salt (Carton of 10)

    £62.50

  • Pump Street Chocolate - Sourdough and Sea Salt Taster Bar (Carton of 20)

    £50.00

  • Pump Street Madagascar 72%

    £6.25

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