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Location of Bilsa Biological Station within Mache-Chindul Reserve in Esmeraldas Province, northwest

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Ecuador’s Chocolate Secret Is a Sustainable Reality 3/5

Ecuadorian chocolatiers making inroads internationally and in the United States include:

About Kallari 100% farmer-owned, single- source chocolate produced by a coalition of 850 Kichwa families in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. A delicate flavor with an extended finish and hints of fruit.

They say: “We are the only chocolate maker that plants our own trees, cares years for each tender seedling and makes chocolate with fresh beans. Our ancestors brought cacao to the world. We reclaim our heritage by bringing you the world’s best chocolate.”

Find out why planting several varietals of cocoa make the groves more sustainable and contributes more depth in the flavor profile of the chocolate.

Learn why screening cocoa beans helps improve the flavor of chocolate.
 

REGION & ISSUES
The Ascendex Mining Corporation has purchased the gold concessions of over 70,000 hectares of the Upper Napo River Basin from the Ecuadorian government. The above picture shows one of their gold strip mining sites, which is only a few hundred meters from the Napo River .http://www.kallari.com/region_issues.html

 

 

Kallari ( http://www.kallarichocolate.com : ) is the only farmers’ cooperative in the world that harvests, markets and profits from its own line of organic chocolate. Kallari organic dark chocolate is produced by a coalition of 850 indigenous Kichwa families in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Source there website, facebook.

PS I never tasted there chocolate so I just have a imagination about it. Please feel free to send me some, thanks.

 

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Ecuador’s Chocolate Secret Is a Sustainable Reality 2/5

Ecuadorian chocolatiers making inroads internationally and in the United States include:

I’ve come to admire Pacari chocolate not only for their innovative organic chocolate products, but also for their active and seemingly ever-expanding social programs .  I’ve also been intrigued by the fact their chocolate is single-origin Ecuadorian as well as organic, a combination that you don’t see often.  This is reflected in their name – the word Pacari means “Nature” in Quechua, the indigenous language of Ecuador.

When Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto created Pacari Chocolate, they wanted to build a business based on socially and environmentally sustainable principles to ensure that their products supported the Ecuadorian eco-system as well as local communities.  It’s no surprise that all of their products are fair trade and certified organic.  But Pacari takes it further by taking on a number of community outreach programs.

Pacari Raw Organic Chocolate 70% Cacao

WHAT:  Pacari Ecuadorian Chocolate, Organic Raw Chocolate, 70% Cacao. USDA Certified Organic. 50g bar. Ingredients: cacao beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin.  Dairy and soy free. Where to buy  www.patisserievercruysse.be

AROMA: Wow.  A robust blast of cocoa, cantaloupe melon, hay, tobacco

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Cigarette paper, mushrooms.  Fairly closed upfront, but what happens next is exciting.

MIDDLE TASTE:  Bright fruit reminiscent of Taza Chocolate, citrus, blueberries, raspberry preserves, orange blossom.

FINISH:  Mixed berries fade to lemon, spiced tea, faint vanilla and finally spongecake.  Medium length finish.

TEXTURE:  Unyielding to melting on the tongue at first.  A slight bit chewy, but the snap was fine.  You need to chew it a bit to start it melting, then you will find a smooth texture to coat your tongue.

Pacari Chocolate ( http://www.pacarichocolate.com : ), an Ecuadorian family-owned company credited for developing the first single-origin chocolate made entirely in Ecuador. Pacari, which means “nature” in Quechua, an indigenous language of Ecuador, uses 100 percent organic ingredients to ensure safety to Ecuador’s environment and is USDA Organic certified.

Thanks to Walter from http://kokobuzz.wordpress.com/about/  and his sharing that passion with us.

 

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