Encuentro – Bejofo Estate, Madagascar 70% Dark
About the Beans
These beans hail from the Bejofo Estate in the Sambirano Valley, Ambanja District of Madagascar. Bejofo Estate is an organic cacao orchard that is one of four estates in the Akesson’s Estate, managed by Bertil Akesson.
About the Maker
The wonder of Encuentro begins in 2008, when co-founder Candice lived in the Dominican Republic for a year, discovering the beautiful country, its treasures and its cocoa.
In 2012, Candice and Antonie set up their first chocolate factory in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Being in such close proximity to the cocoa farms, the pair were able to stay in direct contact with local cooperatives of where they sourced their cacao from. The Encuentro chocolate factory was a success, and would often welcome in more than 300 visitors a day. However a year later, Candice and Antonie were forced to abandon the factory under threat and return to their homeland, France.
Tempted to set up factory in Paris from the get go, it wasn’t until a couple years later in October 2016 that the pair put their plan and dreams into action. Although this time around with two little boys in the family. Here on in, the Encuentro factory opened up in Montreuil in the suburbs of Pairs. This time without a store front.
In 2019, the Encuentro family and factory moved to Lille, the city which Candice and Antonie call the ‘city of hearts’. Encuentro’s new home city was where the couple met, and is close to both their families.
This fruity Madagascan dark chocolate is as one might expect from a Madagascar-origin chocolate bar. Fruity and incredibly jammy. Expect citrus notes with red berries.
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