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Camino Verde

Ecuador

85 2019

Dandelion Chocolate

Tasting Notes: chocolate-covered espresso bean, roasted nut, and candied lemon peel

These beans come from Camino Verde Cacao located in central Ecuador in Duran (near Guayaquil). Vicente Norero, the owner and general manager, is one of the most innovative cacao producers we know. He buys freshly harvested, unfermented beans from over 100 farms and associations around Ecuador. He aims to achieve optimal fermentation and drying, which imbue the beans with nutty notes we love. Senior chocolate maker Eric’s mother says she especially enjoys this roasty bar, and appreciates that it isn’t too sweet!

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

Two ounces (56g)

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

About Camino Verde, Ecuador

Vicente Norero, the owner and general manager of Camino Verde Cacao, continually improves his products through fermentation and processing experimentation. We love the flavor of his beans so much that not only do we make two Camino Verde chocolate bars, an 85% and a 100%, but we also use the chocolate as a base in nearly all of our drinks and many of our pastries in our U.S. cafés.

Focused as he is on optimizing the flavor of beans cultivated in varying environments around Ecuador, Vicente notes that beans from Esmeraldas in the north tend to taste fruity and nutty, while beans from further south are often nutty with a touch of floral aroma. Vicente and his Camino Verde team carefully tailor their production practices to coax well-balanced flavors from every set of beans. Camino Verde Cacao also collaborates with associations of farmers in Esmeraldas and Los Ríos, helping them to improve their crops and their processing operations so they might bring in the best possible prices for their cocoa.

We have worked with Vicente for many years and are deeply impressed by his dedication to the pursuit of flavor, as well as by his advocacy for higher income for Ecuador’s cacao farmers. Dandelion Chocolate has purchased more beans from Camino Verde than from any other single producer.