By Red Thalhammer
Recently from a customer: "How is this possible? We broke down and ordered a lot after tasting a couple bars. We hoped that the quality of the chocolate would persist over the range of truly expertly curated flavor suites. Absolutely the best thing we did. We now set the box on the table and revel in a new selection each evening, Barolo Chinato not far behind. Devotees now" - Warren T.
We are all about flavor, so how do we do it? It's an act of creation that can stretch over years. Sometimes the beginning happens out of playing around with trial and error and other times s a flavor is popping up in a dream. In both cases, it's the beginning of a longer experiement to either find a vendor to produce that fruit the way we need it or to find the perfect aroma of a certain spice. Not all is created equal as we know. It took us years to find and fine tune each cacao flavor profile we use with the farmers. The same for our flavor ingredients. We can spend up to two years at times to create a flavor and to find the the perfect complementing flavor pairing. Using real chunks of fruits and spices – from coffee to mango and juniper berries. Choosing ingredients with precision and working closely with our Ecuadorian partners to perfect every stage of our ingredients preparation and production process. We never use essential oils as we believe real ingredients will add more depth and giving that sublime edge. That is how we innovate.
While others look at us and copy our flavors – we take it as a compliment 😉 – we prefer to explore and create, become inspired by different cultures, talking flavors with friends and play. That is where true creation lives. Using unique combinations and ingredients such as lavender & red salt, fennel seeds, and juniper for almost 10 years now in our dark chocolate bars. That and spending nearly 10 years of refining and improving each bar and flavor pairing. The art of creation! We take pride in it!