Cococlectic: A Craft Bean-to-Bar Club

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Chocolate Maker of the Month

October 2017 - Wm. Chocolate

Each month we feature a new American small-batch bean-to-bar chocolate maker. When considering chocolate makers, we take into account all elements of chocolat’ology - including point of origin, ingredients, process and more. We also sample their finest wares (naturally!). 

 

Why Do Our Featured Chocolates Taste So Good?

The chocolate bars we feature are mostly made in small batches by chocolate makers who transform the cocoa beans they source directly from farmers to the finished product. 

 

We feature those who passionately make chocolate bars using less than 5 ingredients; namely cocoa beans, sugar and cocoa butter. They source cocoa beans from all over the world and painstakingly manage the entire chocolate process themselves – fermentation, drying, testing, cleaning, roasting, cracking (or fanning), grinding, conching, tempering and forming. This is known as the bean-to-bar process.  

 

Just as vintners consider environmental conditions in cultivating grapes for wine, so too do cocoa farmers treat their beans with care. The way cocoa beans are grown and nurtured is essential to producing quality chocolate. Climate, soil conditions and treatment all impact taste, batch quality and uniqueness.

 

We are committed to bringing you single origin chocolate bars that do not contain any GMO ingredients (non-GMO), use only fair trade products, and are soy free, gluten free, dairy free and tree-nut free. Our artisan single origin chocolate makers hand make their bars using only 5 ingredients or less to make small batch bars; namely cocoa beans, cocoa butter and sugar.

 

Why Bean-to-Bar Chocolates?

Our chocolate makers ensure quality by building relationships with farmers. By sourcing beans directly from farmers, chocolate makers can develop consistently high-quality chocolate. Taking control of the manufacturing process from the earliest stage further allows them to apply incredible attention to detail at every stage - from bean to bar. 

 

This direct connection also creates a sustainable reciprocal relationship. Notably, it allows farmers in poorer countries to receive higher payments, invest long-term and receive fair treatment for their hard work and quality offerings. 

 

This is how the best chocolate is made - with people who care about their craft. It is also why Cococlectic connects you to them. We believe in going straight to the source!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Featured Chocolate Makers:

September 2017 - Ethereal Confections

June 2017 - Nibble Chocolate

May 2017 - Nova Chocolate & Tuanis Chocolate

April 2017 - Goodnow Farms Chocolate

March 2017 - Acalli Chocolate

February 2017 - Ranger Chocolate

January 2017 - Violet Sky Chocolate

December 2016 - Cultura Chocolate

November 2016 - Mutari Chocolate

October 2016 - Harper Macaw Chocolate

September 2016 - Wm Chocolate

August 2016 - Potomac Chocolate

July 2016 - Ritual Chocolate

June 2016 - Starchild Chocolate

May 2016 - Parliament Chocolate

April 2016 - Terrior Chocolate

March 2016 - Durci Chocolate

February 2016 - Molucca Chocolate

January 2016 - Sol Cacao

December 2015 - KTO Bean to Bar Chocolate

November 2015 - Cao Chocolates

October 2015 - Pitch Dark Chocolate

September 2015 - Burnt Fork Bend Chocolate

August 2015 - Nibble Chocolate

July 2015 - Hello Cocoa

June 2015 - Ethereal Confections

May 2015 - Just Good Chocolate

April 2015 - Sublime Chocolate

March 2015 - Kyya Chocolate

February 2015 - Meadowlands Chocolate

January 2015 - Twenty-Four Blackbirds

December 2014 - Mana Chocolate

November 2014 - Amano Chocolate

October 2014 - Solstice Chocolate

September 2014 - Dick Taylor Chocolate

August 2014 - It's Chocolate

July 2014 - Woodblock Chocolate

June 2014 - Castronovo Chocolate

Mary 2014 - Ritual Chocolate

April 2014 - Potomac Chocolate

March 2014 - French Broad Chocolates


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