Made with rare beans grown by Xoco, a sustainable project comitted to giving farmers long-term contracts and paying high prices. The cost is worth it for the flavour of this earthy, spicy choocolate with hints of honey and blackcurrents.
Cocoa content: 70% Origin: Guatemala Beans: Mayan Red Made in: Lincolnshire, UK Awards: Academy of Chocolate Gold, 2016
Duffy Sheardown has an obsessive attention to detail that results in award winning chocolate that tastes great. However, he is also committed to doing the right thing for the chocolate industry, and is of the cocoa producers behind Direct Cocoa with Martin Christy of SeventyPercent.com.
Direct cocoa is a model of cocoa sales which aims to improve on Fair Trade by putting a focus on the quality of the bean, and being prepared to pay a premium for that. With no middlemen, the extra pay for the beans goes direct to the farmer, and their community.
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