Shattell is an artisan chocolate maker, crafting chocolate in Lima, Peru since 2009. Shattell sources its cacao from specific regions known for growing fine-flavour cacao, including Tumbes and San Rafael. Shattell, being so close to from where it sources its cacao, is able to work directly with the farmers. Many of the farmers who Shattell work with used to grow coca trees before cacao, and since coca is illegal, growing it put the farmers in a lot of risk. Shattell’s mission is to help those farmers get a good enough income from their cacao growing, so they won’t feel the need to go back to growing coca.
Shattell have won many International Chocolate Awards.
How Shattell became chocolate makers …
Six years ago Shattell decided to make make their own chocolate, because the team were all chocolate lovers, and in Perú they didn’t have any real bean to bar chocolate. They used to bring chocolate home from their trips to other countries to keep a steady supply.
What mission have you set yourselves for making chocolate?
To allow people all over the world to enjoy my chocolates, as well as of course improving the life style of the cacao farmers in Peru. Buying the cacao as we do and because we work so closely with the farmers, we pay between 50 to 100% more for selecting the finest beans for my chocolates.
When did you start your company — and with whom? How many are there of you?
I started six years ago, September 14th, 2009, just myself with my husband, son and daughter’s support.
Where do you want to go next? New bars? New beans? New markets?
I am always looking for new beans, making new bars, and looking for new markets!
How do Shattell source their beans
Shattell’s beans are sourced from all over the Amazon Region of Perú, only working single origin from each town.
They source their own beans directly from the farmers and give them a fair price for their finest cocoa beans, compared to industrial buyers who pay them as for regular beans. As they make more chocolates, the growers’ income increases, improving their quality of life. Shattell work with the farmers, teaching them how to make their own chocolates: hot chocolate, bonbons and bars, adding value to their cocoa. All practice organic growing, but all are not certified; they advise them on how to obtain the organic certification.
What is your favourite food? Wine? Other chocolate makers?
My favourite food is Lomo saltado, this is a typical Peruvian dish, and is made with sirloin or beef steak, with onions, tomatoes and potatoes. My favourite wine is Santa Julia Malbec Reserva from Mendoza, Argentina. I love all sorts of bean to bar chocolate, however a particular favourite of mine is chocolate made by Stephan Bonnat.