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Vale Potumuju

Brazil

70 2019

Dandelion Chocolate

Tasting notes: orange blossom honey, chocolate ice cream, and candied nuts

We searched for years for the right cocoa partners in Brazil, and finally, in 2016, met Juliana and Tuta Aquino. Tuta and Juliana are tree-to-bar cocoa producers who grew up on cocoa farms in Bahia, left to pursue successful music careers, then returned to cultivate and process cacao on Juliana’s family farm. They renamed the farm Vale Potumuju, and refurbished it to achieve excellent bean fermentation with an eye toward sustainability. By 2019, Tuta and Juliana produced enough high-quality cocoa to supply their own tree-to-bar chocolate brand, Baiani, and to sell a small batch of flavorful beans to us.

For Renee’s first bar as an origin owner, she developed the flavor profile with the same care and dedication that Tuta and Juliana put into their cocoa. She roasted the beans slightly hot to bring out subtly tropical, richly nutty flavors that we love.

Ingredients and Allergens

All of our single-origin chocolate is made with just cocoa beans and sugar; no added cocoa butter, lecithin, or vanilla. Our chocolate is free of soy, dairy, eggs, and gluten, and it is made in a factory that does not process nuts.

Weight

2 oz (56 g)

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Learn more about our cocoa beans and sugar the region, the farms, and the producers.

About Vale Potumuju, Brazil

We spent years searching for the right cocoa partners in Brazil, and finally met Tuta and Juliana from the state of Bahia in 2016. Prior to crop devastation by a cacao disease called witches’ broom in the late ‘80’s, Brazil produced a large portion of the world’s cocoa. Over the last two decades, the industry recovered and a new specialty-cocoa market emerged as Brazilians began to enjoy craft chocolate. Now, Tuta and Juliana are among a number of local “tree-to-bar” producers who grow cacao, harvest and ferment beans, then make their own chocolate. The tight tree-to-bar production feedback cycle rapidly improves cocoa quality.

Tuta and Juliana have a deep love for cocoa. They grew up on cacao farms in Bahia, then left to pursue successful careers in the music industry before returning several years ago to cultivate and process cacao on Juliana’s family farm. They renamed the farm Vale Potumuju and refurbished operations to achieve excellent bean fermentation, with an eye toward sustainability. Juliana began making chocolate from the farm’s beans, which led to the creation of Baianí, Vale Potumuju's tree-to-bar chocolate brand. By 2019, Tuta and Juliana were able to produce enough cocoa not only to supply Baianí, but to sell a small batch of flavorful beans to us.