What is craft chocolate?
Craft chocolate is made directly from the cacao bean (commonly called bean to bar chocolate) by skilled chocolate makers. Like good wine or beer, craft chocolate comes in a large variety of naturally occurring flavors. These makers embrace the complexity of chocolate rather than try to dule it like big manufacturers do.
What are fine or flavour cacao beans?
Fine or flavour cacao beans, unlike bulk beans, come in a variety of naturally occurring flavors, such as fruity, floral, nutty, herbal, spices etc. Bulk beans on the other hand, which make up as much as 95% of the total world cacao world production, are used to make chocolates that are more bland and less complex. In other words, bulk cacao beans are used to make mass produced chocolates because they ensure a consistent and unique flavour all year round.
Why is there soy lecithin in some of your chocolates?
Lecithin is a generic term to designate a variety of naturally occurring fatty compounds found in animal and plant tissues. A very small amount of soy lecithin (less than 1%) is added during the chocolate making process to ensure that the cacao solids mix well with the cacao butter. However, not all craft chocolate makers use soy lecithin in their chocolates. We carry both type of chocolates.