How Ryan Berk of Parliament Chocolate make amazing chocolate
Parliament Chocolate comprises of Ryan Berk and his small team of impassioned individuals striving to bring something new and exciting to the chocolate world. Their true respect for the amazing cacao bean fuels their process by deciding to only use two ingredients – high quality cacao and organic cane sugar. By creating and nurturing this simplistic approach, they are able to let the true profiles of the cacao beans come through in their chocolate. They do it ultimately for the love of producing an amazing product.
Unlike other larger production chocolate makers, they feel that they can really achieve amazing quality when they put love into every step of the chocolate-making process. The farmers put everything into what they do from the tree to the pods and the beans. And for the Parliament team, to have the ability to touch and hand-sort those beans, roast them, crack and winnow them, refine them, and then temper them into a delicious piece of quality chocolate, is truly something amazing.
The folks at Parliament know how beautiful, flavorful and delicious great chocolate can be. Yet, the process of making great chocolate has to start in one place, and that is with the farmers. They strive to treat their producers and small co-op farmers with the utmost respect and gratitude for the product the farmers provide them.
They work with producers who are using good environmental practices throughout the entire process. By creating direct relationships with the farmers, they can also be sure the farmers are striving to provide the most up-to-date processes in growing, fermentation, and drying. The moral of the story: Good social, agricultural, and economic values = Amazing Chocolate!