Palm Oil Free
FROM BEAN TO BAR
Travel to Peru with us, and follow our cacao beans on their journey into our hands…
Ever wondered how we create our chocolate? We put every bit of love and care into each bar just to make sure they’re perfect for you. Each step of the way is done carefully, from sourcing the finest ingredients from Peru, to hand wrapping each individual bar. The whole process is kept below 42 degrees to retain nutrition, polyphenols and antioxidants. Follow us through our chocolate making process and watch the chocolate unwrap before your eyes…
This is what the beans look like inside the freshly harvested pod. Each bean is surrounded in fruity sweet juicy pulp. They look a little different to when they’re dried and winnowed. At this stage, the beans are very bitter and astringent, but the fermenting process helps all the lovely natural chocolate flavours come to life.
The cacao beans are fermented for 5 days. This gets rid of a lot of bitterness, and brings out a lot of the beans’ natural flavour.
The cacao beans are then dried in the sunshine to get rid of any water inside of them. Moisture ruins chocolate, so this is important. Good job Peru is boiling hot.
The cacao beans are then cracked and winnowed, which means that they are shelled and cracked into smaller pieces called Cacao Nibs. These are the most desirable part of the bean. Then they’re checked for pathogens, a really important step in this process.
Once they’re in our hands, we grind and conche the nibs using a stone grinder. This usually takes 40 – 60 hours, and creates the delicious looking cacao liquor. “Conche” is another funny word – it means that the cacao liquor is mixed continuously to develop our deep rich flavours, and remove the undesirable flavours of the cacao.
Tempering our chocolate is important to create that lovely shine to our bars. It also ensures that it has a nice snap when you bite into it, and doesn’t melt in your hands.
We then hand mould all of our chocolate bars carefully, making sure each and every one looks perfect. Once they are cooled and are out of their moulds, we do a taste test, to make sure the flavours are perfect… hard life… we know.
Then it’s over to you guys for the most important part… eating it all!