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

Sourcing beans? No problem.. just give me 7 years

Yep, surprising as it may be... we did not just lob up to Lambubu Bay, Malekula and ask to buy some beans.

I first picked up a cocoa pod back in 2007 during a 'save-the-world' stint in the Solomon Islands (teaching Agriculture)... I remember cutting the pod open for the first time, inspecting the strange fruit, smelling and tasting the vegetative source of chocolate.

Luke Spencer, Chocolate-Maker-To-Be.. pondering the beans

Luke Spencer, Chocolate-Maker-To-Be.. pondering the beans

Coming from a viticulture (wine-grape growing) background, I was familiar with how soil and locality influence the flavour and quality of fruit... and could see cocoa being no different.

And a little bean-of-a-thought was sown... "think I'd like to make chocolate one day".

That year in the Solomons was a fairly steep learning curve: working in a Pacific Island culture, learning language and living in a community so far and so different from my own.

But, in addition to being a challening and brilliant experience in itself, turned out to be invaluable preparation for a cocoa plantation in Vanuatu a few years later..

David, Luke and Saniel at the fermentary..

David, Luke and Saniel at the fermentary..