Is your chocolate really bean-to-bar?
'Bean-to-bar' is a bit of a buzz-word.. but what does it actually mean?
It means the bar of chocolate you're nibbling into was made by the person you bought it from - from scratch.
Some chocolate on the market is 'made in Australia' from imported, already-made chocolate that has been re-melted and moulded into new chocolate bars.
Sure, this sort of chocolate was originally made from scratch using cocoa beans / cocoa butter / sugar etc.. just not by the person you bought it from.
Is there anything wrong with this? Well, no! Imported chocolate can of course be excellent! And remelting / tempering into fresh bars of chocolate shouldn't affect the quality..
The main thing is that you know what you're buying. If something says it was 'made' in a certain place... was it made from scratch there, or just remoulded there?
The flavour and quality of bean-to-bar chocolate is a unique combination of bean origin, roasting technique, grinding, balancing other ingredients and tempering...
And every chocolate maker has their own style and recipe!
So we hope you enjoy our chocolate like a good wine, made by someone you know, from fruit grown in one place.
(Ok... off the soap box!)