What is bean to bar chocolate?
Bean to bar is the term used to describe chocolate that is made straight from the cocoa bean. The majority of chocolatiers buy a bulk source of chocolate and melt it down to craft their chocolates. We roast, winnow, refine, conche and temper all of our chocolate in our workshop.
How long does the chocolate-making process take?
From whole beans to finished chocolate, it’s about a four-day process. If you count the molding and packaging, it is a week to 10 days.
What kind of cocoa beans do you use?
Our cocoa beans come from Fair Trade and Organic sources in Peru, Ecuador, The Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Bolivia.
Why, in particular, do you use cocoa beans from Peru?
Bryan and his wife, Dahlia, spent time traveling in Peru, and visited the regions where the cacao is grown. Dahlia is the founder of Corazon de Dahlia, a non-profit in the Andes of Peru.
Who designed your packaging?
Originally, Scarlet Duba, of Duba Design in Ithaca, NY, followed by Angel Bomb Design in Minneapolis, MN. We have recently revamped our packaging design with All Good NYC, based in Brooklyn, NY, and are currently working with Good Measure, also based in Brooklyn, NY.
Who printed your new bar packaging?
Aldine, in NYC.
How are you eco-friendly?
Our chocolate bars are placed in biodegradable bags and wrapped in paper. Many of our printed materials use soy-based and vegetable-based inks. Our other packaging, including jars and tins, are easily reusable for creative use.