Chocolate Bar Set and “Origin Stories” Talk
A tasting set of single-origin Costa Esmeraldas bars accompanies a lively and informative talk with the makers of all six bars, along with Freddy Salazar, who manages operations for Costa Esmeraldas, his family’s cocoa farm in Ecuador.
We’re excited to bring you into the conversation with Greg D’Alesandre, our Bean Sourcerer, as your host on the topic of single-origin chocolate, alongside those who know the beans and chocolate best: the cocoa producer, and chocolate makers from throughout the industry.
Each month we will feature one of our origins, assembling a set of six bars crafted from that origin by makers from around the world. The cocoa producer and each maker will share stories of their products with us. We hope you’ll join us as we taste a curated flight and dive deep into one of our favorite origins.
The conversation is approximately two hours in length and is hosted on Zoom video-conferencing software. We ask that you use only one login per chocolate set. You are welcome to invite a family member or a few to join from your screen (and it's up to you how much of your chocolate you want to share).
This set includes single-origin bars from six chocolate makers, and instructions to join this month's discussion.Part of a monthly series pairing conversation and chocolate tasting.
Origin: Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Date: August 29, 2-4 p.m. PDT
This tasting set includes:
Dandelion Chocolate (San Francisco, California): Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador 70%
Weight: 2 ounces
Ingredients: cocoa beans and organic cane sugar
Chequessett Chocolate (Cape Cod, Massachusetts): Costa Esmeraldas Bar 72%
Weight: 2.25 ounces
Ingredients: organic cacao beans, organic evaporated cane juice, organic cacao butter
Goodnow Farms Chocolate (Sudbury, Massachusetts): Ecuador Esmeraldas 72%
Weight: 1.94 ounces
Ingredients: cacao beans, organic sugar, fresh pressed cocoa butter
Manoa Chocolate (Kailua, Hawaii): 70% Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Weight: 1.76 ounces
Ingredients: cacao, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter
Soma Chocolate (Toronto, Canada): Mr. Salazar, Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador, 70%
Weight: 2.29 ounces
Ingredients: organic cane sugar, cacao nibs, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural vanilla
White Label Chocolate (Santa Cruz, California): 77% Ecuador, Costa Esmeraldas
Weight: 2.3 ounces
Ingredients: cacao beans, organic sugar, organic cocoa butter
Information on Costa Esmeraldas, and on how to join our webinar on August 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. PDT
Learn more about Costa Esmeraldas, Ecuador here. Or wait until you can hear it directly from Freddy Salazar. Take a look at our sourcing report to read more about Dandelion Chocolate's relationship with Costa Esmeraldas, including transparent sourcing.
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.
This selection of chocolate from other chocolate makers is all dark chocolate; however, some makers might have processed their bars on machinery that also processes milk chocolate, or chocolate with additional ingredients. If you have an allergy, we have linked each company, so feel free to research your specific restriction. We strongly suggest looking at the labels, and while there are no substitutions, we recommend passing any bars you are unable to eat along to a friend.