Dominican Republic Sourcing Trip

We had a great visit to Zorzal Cacao in the Dominican Republic! We loved their beans since we first tasted them last year but up until now we haven’t had time for a visit.  We’re so happy we finally made it happen! Our timing was great as Zorzal recently completed construction of their new fermentation and drying facility, which not only allows them to better control the entire post-harvest process but also can accommodate a much larger volume of cacao beans. Zorzal’s new fermentation facility. Zorzal Cacao was founded by Charles Kerchner, who was inspired to create the 1030 acre…

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Cacao Sourcing in Costa Rica

We just got back from a very successful trip to an amazing farm in the Puntarenas region of Costa Rica.  Perched high atop a hill just outside the town of Cotu Brus, this 96 acre farm is planted with ten acres of classic Trinitario cacao. The main house at Coto Brus. The owner of Cotu Brus farm doesn’t live there full time, but the trees are carefully tended by a small group of local farmers.  They are able to supplement the income they make from their own farms and also use the open pasture to graze their cattle. Cacao trees…

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Why is This Chocolate Bar $10?

Perhaps not surprisingly we get this question a lot. It’s an important question to address.  The answer goes to the heart of why we make, and love, single origin chocolate and helps explain why our bars retain the unique flavors of the cacao from which they’re made.  It’s a long answer, so grab a cup of our single origin hot cocoa and settle in! Two factors which have a large impact on the price of mass market chocolate bars are the price big chocolate companies pay for their ingredients, and the amount and type of ingredients in each bar. The…

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Raiders of the Lost Cacao

the bridge to san juan chivite, goodnow farms chocolate

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 our direction. The two countries we’re traveling to are Ecuador and Peru, both of which are known for having exceptional cacao. The problem is, they’re also known for having less-than-exceptional cacao, and the trick is finding the farmers who are not only growing the most…

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