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

 

who still drinks cask wine? (moving away from 'cask' chocolate!)

How much has wine changed for the better since the cask-wine days of the 1980's?! Chocolate-lovers are now beginning to enjoy the same evolution in chocolate.

Mass-produced chocolate is made from a blend cocoa beans sourced from a large area, mixing together the beans from a number of varieties of Cocoa tree. This makes a consistent chocolate bar.. so it tastes the same, everytime you buy it.

But have a think how different a Shiraz is, say, from a Cabernet.

Cocoa varieties.. as chalk and cheese as Shiraz and Cabernet!

Cocoa varieties.. as chalk and cheese as Shiraz and Cabernet!

Cocoa is the same. There are a few different varieties of Cocoa, so when you taste chocolate made from just one or two varieties, you get to taste the unique flavour of those varieties.

Choose single-origin or even single-plantation chocolate and you get the 'terroir' effect too...

Malekula cocoa plantation.. kinda like walking through a tropical vineyard..

Malekula cocoa plantation.. kinda like walking through a tropical vineyard..

Again, comparing to wine, if you enjoy the difference in Shiraz from cool climate to warm, or simply the unique flavour found in different vineyards, single-plantation chocolate can be enjoyed in the same way - made by one person, from the fruit grown in one place.

Cocoa beans fresh out of the pod

Cocoa beans fresh out of the pod

So take the plunge from 'cask' chocolate to some single-plantation, and SAVOUR the FLAVOUR!