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What is Bean to Bar? πŸ€”

We have been known to do the odd social media post banging on about our bean to bar range! πŸ˜† But some of you may be wondering what exactly is bean to bar? πŸ€”

Basically, bean to bar is a term used to describe the process where chocolate bars are made from scratch by the chocolate maker from raw cocoa beans, as opposed to a chocolatier making truffles and bars from ready-made chocolate.

🍫 The bean to bar process starts with sourcing the beans.

🍫 These beans are then roasted, which helps to develop the flavour, before being cracked and then winnowed to remove the shell and separate out the cocoa nibs. 

🍫 The nibs are then ground by a machine known as a conch or melanger.  This part of the process can last for up to 2 days. 

🍫 Next the finished chocolate is tempered and set into bars. 

🍫 Finally, the bars are turned out of their moulds and packaged ready to hit the shelves/website!

All of the cocoa beans we use are Fair trade, traceable and ethically sourced.

We only use single origin beans, which means all of the beans come from the same origin/country. Beans from different areas have different flavour profiles due to the differing climate and growing conditions they are exposed to.

For more detail on each of the steps in the bean to bars process please see our "what is bean to bar?" page on the website 😊