ORFÈVE – L’Esterre 70%


This exceptional Cru de Propriété is characterized by its creamy sweetness and delicate aromas of banana, fruits and nuts. Located 150km north of the coast of Venezuela, the island of Grenada is known as the ‘isle of spice’ famous for its plantations of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and turmeric. Since 1714, fruity and floral cocoa has been cultivated here, which benefits from the dense and generous volcanic soil. L’Esterre Estate has been owned by the Ramdhanny family for over 70 years. The single estate is located in the northeast of the island, on the outskirts of the rainforest. The family grows cocoa and nutmeg in strict accordance with the rules of organic agriculture and agroforestry, thus maintaining the richness and fertility of the soil. The beans are harvested during the dry season, between November and April, then fermented at the property for 7 to 8 days before being dried in the sun for 6 to 7 days.

INGREDIENTS shelled cacao beans (Grenada), raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole cane sugar. Cocoa solids: 70 % minimum

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ORFÈVE is the first Swiss chocolate maker to be features in the Bean Bar You collection. Caroline Buechler and François-Xavier Mousin worked within the watch making industry until they discovered the world of craft chocolate and couldn't resist the temptation to dive in. Since 2017 they have been gradually perfecting their new craft and the result is the precision you'd expect. The bars feature the spectacular Clous de Paris pattern one of the most used engraving patterns on classic watch faces.  It is a bold elegance and is a delight to photograph and even better to savour in chocolate form.There's been a long history of chocolate making in Switzerland unfortunately it's nearly all industrial production, much in that sweet milk style that evolved from the first milk bar which was made with condensed milk back in 1875. Nearly everyone on the chocolate planet has tried something from 3 of the biggest chocolate companies in the world. Lindt (7th largest), Nestlé (6th largest) or Toblerone (owned by Mondelēz, the 3rd largest). Lindt has made great strides in increasing quality but now there there is growing craft chocolate makers who are raising the bar and developing a new recognition of quality. We're so happy to discover this new side to swiss chocolate. Let's all plan a trip to visit!  See more