Rich cocoa flavours with notes of coffee, fig and caramelised banana.
A bar with an incredible story, made to showcase the irresistible flavour of these Costa Rican cocoa beans. In the early 1980s, Costa Rica’s cacao was devastated by the fungus “Monilia,” which spread throughout the country’s huge cacao fields, killing tens of thousands of hectares of cacao crop.
While Costa Rica’s cacao industry has never quite recovered, there have been plenty of efforts made thanks to cacao producers like Nahua Cacao. They are dedicated to not just providing the greatest quality post-harvest services, but also to improving the lives of smallholder farmers via training, assistance, and community participation, as well as encouraging sustainable farming techniques, reforestation, and conservation.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Chocolarder crafts its chocolate in Falmouth, Cornwall. Chocolarder’s exciting line of fine single-origin bars and delightfully innovative locally-inspired inclusions use only top quality ingredients that succeed in doing better for the environment and the communities at their source. The whole company has at its heart an ethos of “ethical transparency”. Mike Longman – founder and chocolate maker – is unwavering in his commitment to a truly transparent and sustainable production process, even to the point of transporting his beans to Falmouth by sailboat.
The Chocolarder team’s fearless approach to sourcing matched with an unfaltering dedication to ethical production certainly add an extra dimension of enjoyment to their delectable chocolatey delights. When you tuck into a Chocolarder bar, you can be content in the knowledge that it’s chocolate that doesn’t just taste good, it actually does good too, from bean to bar. What more could you ask for?
The beans for this bar are of the Trinitario variety, grown in the Maleku ‘Chocolate Forest’ a few miles from Upala. Legend has it that these beans were originally farmed by “caracche”; once, a Maleku tribe member sowed some cocoa seeds, not knowing what they were or what would grow. Over time, the tribe member watched strange fruits growing on the trees and patiently waited for them to ripen. When he returned to pick the ripe cocoa pods, the fruits had mysteriously disappeared. The next time the fruits grew and ripened, the tribe member hid and waited. To his amazement, small people, scarcely one-foot high, arrived at the foot of one of the trees. As they could not reach the fruits, they climbed onto each other, standing on one another’s shoulders. When the “caracche” spotted the tribe member watching them, they fell down and ran away.
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