Since making our first batch of bean-to-bar chocolate, in 2015, we’ve become increasingly passionate about all aspects of the process. From sourcing the cacao beans, to experimenting with different roasting methods, to refining and conching, there are a myriad of variables which can be adjusted to alter the flavor of the final product.
While we had been eating dark chocolate from the grocery store for years, it was only once we started making it from scratch and tasting the products of other bean-to-bar makers, that we began to appreciate the diversity and complexity that was possible. Not all cacao beans are the same. Depending on the bean variety, its place of origin, growing conditions, and post harvest practices, a wide range of flavors can be obtained – everything from tart and citrusy, to earthy and bourbony. Once we opened the door to the world of craft chocolate and discovered the passionate, burgeoning community surrounding it, we were hooked. Cacao doesn’t grow locally, but chocolate is an extremely versatile food which can be combined with all manner of ingredients to create exciting flavor combinations. Whenever possible, we love to use ingredients from local vendors and producers in our bars and truffles. We very much value an atmosphere of mutual collaboration, support, and community building.
International Chocolate Awards
Our chocolate has won several International Chocolate Awards.
In 2020-21 we won 15 awards in the Americas competition. The 15 awards included a Gold for Chocolate Maker, a Gold for Direct Trade, a special recognition for non-dairy bar (Goat’s Milk) and an award for innovation (Durian White Chocolate).
In 2019 70% Papua New Guinea won a Silver in the Americas competition and a Silver in the Worlds competition. Raspberry White won a Silver in the Americas competition and was a grand jury finalist in the Worlds competition. Finally our Wallflower Gin won a Bronze in the Americas competition.
BC Business Article
Feature on the growing bean-to-bar chocolate scene in British Columbia. Read the article here:
Edible Vancouver Article
Andrea Marván wrote an wonderful article about us in Edible Vancouver. Read the Edible Vancouver: Almost Spring 2018 issue for more info on how we got started and how we make our bean-to-bar chocolate.
How it all Started
The following video was shot in the summer of 2016 by our friends at Infinitum Films and shows how we got started and how we make chocolate. Many of the processes are still the same today, just with better equipment and workflow. Enjoy!