Ecuadorian chocolatiers making inroads internationally and in the United States include:
Their dancing chocolate bars, indigenous music, and a mysterious looking black background all conspire to make Caoni chocolate appealing and exotic. But their site isn’t just light hearted, it also offers information on chocolate’s health benefits, some of which were even new to me,… All good news.
On the West coast of Ecuador there are three regions supplying Arriba beans for Caoni. Each has its own, distinctive micro-climate. Traveling North to South, we have: Esmeraldas, Manabi (both hugging the coast), and Los Rios (a bit more inland). Esmeraldas is known for its wide variety of tropical forests and high humidity; Manabi is the opposite with very dry conditions; while the Los Rios province is replete with rivers that come down from the Andes mountains. Each area produces a different flavor profile in the bean, from intense to mild and creamy.
Ecuador has four geographical regions: The Andes (La Sierra), the Amazon Rainforest (El Oriente), La Costa (The Coast), and the Galapagos Islands.
A trip to the Ecuadorian jungle is a unique experience. Located near the Andes, this tropical humid forest is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world and has a large number of flora and fauna species.
Caoni Chocolate comes from a secret formula used to produce the best chocolate bar on earth. The process begins up in the Ecuadorean Andes mountains. There, the crystal clear waters of the magical Caoni River are born into the rich subtropical and tropical lowlands of Esmeraldas, Manabi and Los Rios, and irrigate and feed the small, old traditional cocoa bean plantations, home of the unique Arriba cocoa trees where hundreds of native families use their ancestral knowledge to grow these beans. Our Master craftsmen create chocolates that express the natural flavors, aromas and textures that only Arriba cocoa beans can provide, with aromas and aftertastes varying to the same degree as fine wines.
Caoni Chocolate ( http://www.caonichocolate.com : ) is produced in the Ecuadorian Andes Mountains near the crystal clear waters of the Caoni River. It is a single-origin, dark chocolate made exclusively from Arriba cocoa beans from three specific regions of Ecuador: Esmeraldas, Manabi and Los Rios.