Castronovo – Sierra Nevada 72%


At high altitudes this rare cacao grows along the remote slopes of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada coastal mountains. Since there are no roads, the wild cacao is harvested by the Arhuaco indigenous people and brought down the steep slopes on the backs of mules in jute sacks. The locals measure the journey not by distance but by how long it takes to smoke their “tobacco”, a homemade cigar. The chocolate has a distinct auburn colour and bright fruity flavours of apricot, caramel, and a delicate nuttiness.

AWARDS:Gold Winner of the 2020 Academy of Chocolate Awards (London) (single-origin dark chocolate). Three-time Silver Winner of the 2019,2016 & 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards (London) (single-origin dark chocolate). Bronze Winner of the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2018 (London) – Dark chocolate bean to bar under 80% category

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Denise Castronovo describes herself as an Ecopreneur, Chocolate Maker & Ecologist. Even in High School Denise committed herself to protecting the environment and "developing sustainable solutions". She developed an interest in rainforest ecology and the learnt the potential of rainforest produce as means for sustainably protecting this important ecosystem. "The best way to nurture conservation is to enhance the market for cacao, so that it improves the livelihood for communities who have lived among the rainforest for generations and act as its key protector." She learnt more about the cultivation of fine flavour cacao and how the resulting chocolate was an opportunity to strengthen sustainable use of the rainforest from there it's the usual one-way street to chocolate making.Her motivation hasn't changed and Denise has since won more awards for her chocolate than nearly any other chocolate maker and, more importantly, is making a difference at every opportunity. We first tasted Castronovo chocolate on our travels to the US in 2017 and we're so happy to finally be able to share these amazing bars with you. See more