A beautifully soft milk chocolate with hints of hay, figs and red fruit with a sweet caramel aftertaste.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Duffy Sheardown is an early supporter and promoter of the ‘Direct Trade’ movement, which goes well beyond Fairtrade standards. Duffy follows a ‘Direct Cacao’ model, in which chocolate makers agree to pay whatever price the farmer asks for her cocoa beans – without complaining. This premium paid for the beans encourages the farmer to take more care of her crop, from fermenting the beans well to drying them properly. Working like this also encourages farmers to grow ‘fine-flavour’ as opposed to ‘bulk’ beans – the vision behind ‘Direct Cacao’ in changing the future for cocoa farmers and fine chocolate.
The beans for this bar are grown in the foggy mountains of northern Nicaragua. Weekly harvests from small farms – usually less than 3.5 hectares – are collected and centrally fermented by Ingemann, which helps these special beans to acquire the flavour profile that makes them sought after by chocolate makers around the world.