Spencer Cocoa - single origin chocolate

Spencer Cocoa is Australian-made chocolate. Made from scratch in Mudgee, using cocoa beans grown in Vanuatu. 

We visit our growers twice a year to catch up and select new-season beans. We buy directly from a small group of families on the island of Malekula who grow, harvest, ferment and dry the cocoa ready for shipping to Australia.

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

Simple ingredients, direct trade, bean-to-bar.

Enjoy!

Luke Spencer - chocolate maker

 

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..