Celebrating our first 3 awards this year for the 3 bars submitted to Taste of the West!
The same cacao, in 3 unique interpretations:
GOLD - 64% dark milk - a rich, rounded embrace of a dark milk
SILVER - 70% dark - flawless example of ecuadorian cacao with no added fat for a slow and unconfused melt!
SILVER - 49% milkless milk - taste the future of fine chocolate in this balanced milky bar, enough sweetness and cream for milk fans, but the cacao brings it's own character and offers pleasing depth, uncommon in any type of milk bar.
After years of assessing cacao from Ecuador, we continued searching, found and approached Mr. Freddy Salazar for a sample. We were blown away with our initial tests and ordered a bulk shipment from Freddy’s cloud forests of Costa Esmeraldas – on the NW coast of Ecuador, 130 miles west of Quito.
Shortly after our shipment arrived in 2019 this cacao was recognized as World Top 50 by the Cacao of Excellence program. We are proud to be the first team in Europe to be working with his cacao.
Freddy’s estate is just 6 years old – situated on an ex-cattle ranch. Very steep, lush, layered slopes complicate the daily work but the year round climate stays quite stable with a short wet season and misty, drizzly summers in the aptly named Cloud Forests.
Minimal temperature fluctuation means consistency is more achievable. Management of the cacao orchards creates over 40 full-time jobs in the local community of rural Esmeraldas.
Enjoy the bundle!
See how Esmeraldas compares with any other Ecuadorian cacao in your collection and have fun seeing this versatile cacao treated in 3 different recipes.