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Tumaco

Colombia

70 2017

Dandelion Chocolate

Tasting Notes: chocolate ice cream, walnut brownies, and wildflower honey

These beans come from the Tumaco region of Colombia, where a company called Cacao Hunters buys and blends beans from small co-ops, and encourages cacao diversity by working with farmers to cultivate regional varieties. Cacao Hunters then coordinates with Uncommon Cacao, a local business which provides cocoa to chocolate makers willing to pay a premium for high-quality beans. Our origin owner, Ryan, is a devoted fan of the Tumaco origin, and he roasts these beans to accentuate their inherent creaminess.

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)

Learn More

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

About Tumaco, Colombia

Cacao Hunters is the first Colombian company to source cacao and produce cocoa and chocolate within Colombia. They're an ideal partner, as their openness to innovation and experimentation enables them to produce the best cocoa possible.

Cacao Hunters works passionately with farmers growing local cultivars in regions where income generation has been difficult due to recent conflict. Owners Carlos Ignacio Velasco and Mayumi Ogata (a former pastry chef) met in Japan in 2009, and have been working together ever since to produce high-quality cocoa in challenged areas of Colombia.

Having built strong alliances with Tumaco producers, Cacao Hunters supports local families by providing stable, higher-than-market prices for good cocoa. They work with a variety of regional associations, each of which ferments its own cacao with the company's assistance and advice. Beans from Tumaco make up more than 60 percent of the cocoa that Cacao Hunters uses for their own chocolate brand; we feel fortunate to be able to procure some of these flavorful beans to use ourselves.

Cacao Hunters' chocolate may now be found in the best chocolate shops in major Colombian cities. In 2016, their Tumaco bar won for Best Milk Chocolate Bar in a competition of 900 products in Osaka, Japan.