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This Belize 72% dark chocolate bar offers a delightfully rounded tasting experience that make it a rightful award winner. Dried coconut caramelised with maple syrup and sea salt lends a delicate sweetness and gentle fruit note to the chocolate that doesn’t overpower the pervasive roasted flavours of the cacao. This is rounded off with pleasing hints of citrus in the finish, delivering an experience that we think make this bar perfect for sharing with friends, or even as a personal pick me up!
Adam and Dustin source their cacao from Toledo, southern Belize, through the Maya Mountain Coop. They work tirelessly to ensure that top quality cacao is paid for fairly, profoundly impacting upon the lives of the farmers they work with. Their model is simple: connecting Belizean smallholder farms with craft chocolate makers, building long term partnerships in a transparent supply chain. Producers are paid fairly, through a direct trade model that eliminates the middle man. After harvesting, the beans are transported from farms
to a centralised fermentation facility constructed by the cooperative to ensure consistency in fermentation and drying processes, before being hand sorted for quality by locals prior to shipping. This creates a value added component to the beans for local economies; by carrying locally out more of the processes necessary to create chocolate from the cacao, more jobs are created and the beans will have a higher value, having already progressed through many of the essential stages for chocolate production.
As an added bonus, this bar might just be the prettiest bar you’ll ever eat, the delicate moulding reflecting an artistry and craftsmanship that harks back to Adam and Dustin’s noble former profession of boat building. In fact, craft was a guiding principle, in addition to a love of tactile endeavours, in leading them in 2010 to join the blossoming craft chocolate revolution. Seeking to “reinvent the chocolate experience” by showcasing the subtle nuances in flavour that can be captured from the finest cacao across the world, today Adam and Dustin operate out of their small factory in Eureka, California where they pride themselves on a simplicity of ingredients and a long and meticulous production process.