You might not think of the seaside town of Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire as a centre of chocolate excellence, but that’s exactly where chocolate maker Duffy Sheardown produces his award winning range of bars.
At first bite, this is a very earthy bar. But when you let it melt, you’ll discover an altogether fruitier side to this Guatemalan dark chocolate. Below the surface lurks a fruity berry note – rich, ripe blackcurrants and juicy blackberries. Then at the finish just a hint of honey. Truly a bar to savour.
Duffy sources the cocoa beans for his chocolate directly from cocoa farmers and co-operatives, ensuring a higher price for the farmer and a better quality product. The beans used in this bar are the the ‘Criollo’ variety. These particular beans are grown on farms located in the rainy northern region of Guatemala between Honduras and Belize. The trees grow at the entry to the Mayan territories of Petén and along Rio Dulce: the sweet river.
All the farmers who grow these beans are part of the Xoco Project in Guatemala. Since its founding in 2007, this project has worked with farmers who have given 20% – 30% of their land to young cocoa trees. The project provides technical assistance to the farmers for the lifetime of the trees, and helps them to get a fair deal for their beans once they have been harvested.