We are excited to have six (6) new origins inbound to the shop, and really seven, because we have a new Uganda farm origin, that just might arrive by the end of the month. While many in the chocolate world try to find the "perfect" number (the ratio of chocolate to sugar), we approach the process a little differently.
First step in the process is to test roast a few batches in our purpose built roaster (our founder was an electrical robotics engineer and a pharmaceutical process engineer in a previous life). He hates off the shelf equipment which limits innovation and process options. Our roaster lets us gently bring flavors to the surface that standard approach just cannot accomplish.
From there we winnow and start making test batches of chocolate. While we have nailed the process on the first batch, it normally takes 3-5 batches before we figure out the "recipe". btw: our Sugar free and patented wine infused chocolate took over 2 years of development. You gotta love product development to pursue a goal for 2+ years in a era of instant gratification.
Once we nail down the process - then we make a 72.5% Midnight Dark Chocolate. While you can pick any chocolate darkness, this has become our standard for our dark chocolate (7 single origins on the counter today). This approach gives us a apples to apples comparison between chocolates and helps us see if we also want to make the origin in our other darknesses. We found that our new Colombian Origin was very good for our 33% milk chocolate, because we you can taste the honey and molasses notes in addition to the underlying cane sugar.
There are a smorgasbord of single origins chocolates we are adding to the lineup this month ( in addition to our Uganda, Madagascar, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica).
- Theobroma BiColor - #1
- Philippine - #2
- Tanzania #3
- Trinidad #4 - inbound
- Brazil #5
- Peru #6
- new Uganda - inbound
Our original vision coming home on the plane 5 years ago was to find 40 single origins chocolates, and while not every relationship and lead works out, we have made 23 unique single origin chocolates (missing are Haiti, Belize, Papua New Guinea of the 85 or so we believe are there to bring home.