Inclusion bars are here!

After months of (very tasty!) testing our inclusion bars are now available!  We’re very excited to finally be able to share these new flavors with you! For each of our Signature Line bars we searched for the best flavor combinations, and did many test batches to find the perfect balance of flavors.  As with our cacao,…

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Back from Ecuador & Peru!

We just returned from a very successful (and warm!) sourcing trip to Ecuador and Peru, where we visited two amazing producers: Costa Esmeraldas Cacao in Ecuador and Ucayali River Cacao in Peru. Our first stop was Costa Esmeraldas. Freddy Salazar and his family have more than two hundred acres of cacao trees on their farm…

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Raiders of the Lost Cacao

Well, it’s not exactly Indiana Jones but tomorrow we’re off to South America to search for more great cacao beans. This always takes us off the beaten path, which is why I use the Raiders of the Lost Ark reference, but the comparison stops (hopefully) before the point where blow darts are being launched in…

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Fair Trade vs. Direct Trade

We’re heading to Ecuador and Peru next week for a sourcing trip, so this seems like a good time to talk about how we buy our cacao beans. You’ll often see two terms describing how chocolate makers buy their beans: “Fair Trade” and “direct trade.” There’s a lot of confusion about what these terms mean,…

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Our Black Bottom Cupcakes!

black bottom cupcake recipe

We love baking at our house, and it is awesome exploring all of the different, chocolate-based recipes with our single origin chocolates!  What’s better than some yummy, Black Bottom love?  We made these delicious cupcakes over the weekend using our El Carmen dark chocolate and freshly ground cocoa powder.  Our son helped by unwrapping our chocolate…

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Fun with inclusions

chocolate bar inclusions

What, exactly, is an “inclusion?” The term “inclusion” is one we hadn’t heard until we started making chocolate.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines inclusion as “a relation between two classes that exists when all members of the first are also members of the second.” Hmm.  That one doesn’t quite work, so we’ll go with the OTHER…

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Salty & Sweet

We’ve been looking for the perfect salt to pair with our Guatemalan Asochivite bar and we’re in the process of making test batches.  Right now we’re working with sea salt from the Pacific coast of Guatemala.  Finding exactly the right salt to complement the flavors of the Asochivite bean takes a lot of time and research…

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Fall on the Farm

Welcome to our blog!  We plan to occasionally post messages here about what’s happening on the farm and also ramble semi-coherently about the world of craft chocolate in general. Fall is here and we’re also very excited to announce that our chocolate is now available locally at Duck Soup market!  Our online store is now…

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