A sophisticated clientele continually challenges chocolatemakers to explore and reveal the range of flavors and nutritional attributes of chocolate today. Important is the cultivation of quality cacao grown in regions near the equator, spanning the globe. The chocolatemaker can either select beans harvested in a particular year from a specific region or single estate or blend beans that embody complimentary characteristics in order to create just the right balance.
Cacao is a sensitive and demanding agricultural crop. An understanding of cacao origin, growing season, land stewardship, processing techniques, i.e., harvesting, fermenting, drying, care in handling and shipping, and the artistry of its maker produces a finished chocolate that is both appealing and inspirational.
Together, we are in search of an elevated experience that can be described as sacred, magical, medicinal, artistic, healthy, aphrodisiac, sexy and romantic.