This Sao Tomean bar has a roasted, tropical aroma and a fantastic melt. Quite mild for a 75% bar, it enjoys a red cherry undertone with notes of leather and tobacco.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Josef Zotter is one of the long-established heroes of the craft chocolate movement. He has been producing chocolate since 1992, became famous for his wacky flavour combinations (scarlet runner bean and coriander pastry, anyone?), and was one of the earliest to produce 100% Organic and Fairtrade products. He has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of his growers around the world, engaging in numerous initiatives in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. He also runs an outstanding chocolate factory visitor experience – The Zotter Experience – that is a must-see for any chocolate-loving visitors to Austria.
The beans in this bar are grown by the CECAQ-11 cooperative on the island of Sao Tome, just off the coast of West Africa. Established in 2009, this thriving cooperative now boasts 1,135 members from 20 farming communities. The farmers decide collectively how to invest their Fairtrade premium, which has so far been used to build a daycare centre and nursery and to bring electricity to more villages.