Letterpress – Costa Esmeraldas


Despite being a darker colour than most 70% chocolates, this bar has a mild, nutty flavour with floral notes. The cacao beans are grown on the Salazar family’s single estate farm, using land that has been reclaimed from cattle pastures.

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Cocoa content: 70%
Origin: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Beans: Nacional
Made in: Los Angeles, USA
Awards: International Chocolate Grand Jury Finalist, 2016; Good Food Finalist, 2017

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David Menkes loves chocolate, but didn’t love how most chocolate tastes artificial and all the same. So in 2014 he founded LetterPress Chocolate as a small batch bean to bar chocolate company featuring single origin cacao from around the world. He travels to meet cacao farmers in Peru, Guatemala, Belize, the Dominican Republic and beyond to source cacao beans that are truly exceptional in both flavour and part of a truly ethical supply chain. See more