Spencer Cocoa Australian-made single origin chocolate

Spencer Cocoa is Australian-made bean-to-bar chocolate, produced by a team dedicated to quality and integrity.

“We buy cocoa beans directly from a small group of families on the island of Malekula, Vanuatu who grow, harvest, ferment and dry the cocoa. Twice a year we visit them to catch-up and select the new-season beans.

Back in Mudgee, we roast, grind, conch and temper the cocoa into beautiful chocolate.”

Enjoy!

Luke Spencer - chocolate maker, agronomist

How our chocolate began

Chocolate maker Luke Spencer, pictured with cocoa grower Lui Ross

Chocolate maker Luke Spencer, pictured with cocoa grower Lui Ross

I first travelled to Vanuatu in 2010, to rejuvenate and manage a large, commercial cocoa plantation.

It was there, on the island of Malekula, that my interest in bean-to-bar chocolate began – I was fascinated by way cocoa trees grow, and how fermentation transforms the beans into the rich, raw ingredient of chocolate.

WIth a background in viticulture in Australia and teaching in the Solomon Islands, the opportunity to grow, process and export cocoa, and to live in a Pacific Island community again was too good to resist.

Fast track a couple of years... training in chocolate-making, piecing together / self-engineering equipment to roast, crack, winnow, grind and temper the cocoa beans into bars of chocolate, and in 2012 Spencer Cocoa was finally born!

THE GROWERS

I stayed in touch with a few of the growers I'd met whilst working in Malekula and we now buy cocoa from families who ferment and dry the beans from their own tiny cocoa plantations, ready for shipping to Australia.

Over my time living and working in the Solomons and in Vanuatu, I've grown to treasure the Islander culture and have developed close relationships with some of the growers. Each time I arrive in Vanuatu and take a deep breath of the warm, humid, smoke-tainted air, I feel a sense of 'home'.

We are proud of our chocolate – of its simple ingredients, direct trade origins, oh...and the taste!

Luke Spencer - chocolate maker, agronomist

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Dried vanuatu cocoa - bagged ready for shipping to Spencer Cocoa Australia

Dried vanuatu cocoa - bagged ready for shipping to Spencer Cocoa Australia