Finally I did send boxes of chocolates to Lee McCoy and I’m glad I did, thanks Lee for asking me several times.
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This aromatic tree produces flowers that are closely associated with traditional cacao use. Long before the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico, the Aztecs used these highly pungent flowers, known as Cacaoxochitl, to flavor their chocolate drinks. It was known in the ancient times by names of Poyomatli, Xochicacaohuatl or Cacahuaxochitl. These words literally mean, “flower of cacao” even though the plant is not botanically related to cacao. In Mexico today these flowers are known in Spanish as “flor de cacao” or “rosita de cacao” or “madre cacao“.
The flowers are mixed with chocolate and other ingredients to concoct Oaxacan cacao drink tejate, a spicy beverage with medicinal and religious significance. This energy drink, “the drink of the gods” was originally served only to the ruling elite of Aztecs. They also used to drink cold chocolate mixed with corn and the Rosita de Cacao which they called Poyomatli.
The earliest known record of Rosita de Cacao was noted in 1582 in The General History of New Spain by Fray Bernardino de Sahagun where he affirmed that the name comes from Cacahuaxochitl and means “cacao flower” or Xochicacahuatl which means “precious flowers” and has fragrant and penetrating odor.
Finally I received last week a fresh batch of Hawaiian chocolate, Madre of course! I’m always very curious to taste there chocolate and again I’m really satisfied with the result of there small recipe made chocolate bars.
They are sourcing the beans for there wonderfull chocolate bars, always directly from farmers and cooperatives. Nat Bletter and Dave Elliott describe their launch into making chocolate as a “social mission to make a positive impact on the lives of cacao farmers and their communities.”
I must admit I have my owne favorites from Madre and these are the flavoured Triple cacao and the Coconutmilk with caramelized ginger, just so magical to taste over and over again.
It’s mind-blowing, you’re not used to seeing that much variation.
Bean to bar chocolate making kit.
Never underestimate the influence of good marketing material.
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About this project
When chocolate arrives to you via the shelf of the local store, it is sadly disconnected from its origins in southern Mexico and Central America. We aim to change that experience while supporting the farmers and communities that have given the world the great gift of chocolate. Help us make a direct purchase of cacao from an organic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico, and we’ll craft an edible history that will connect you to the roots of chocolate! Read on and we’ll give you a break down of the who, why and how.
My first contact with Madre was with Natt Bletter about two months ago, I just found them true there website. I feld the same feeling about there chocolate and story as I feld with Adi chocolate Fiji, I wanted to taste the origin, birth of thise divine chocolate, so I contacted Madre.
After a few mails and a nice contact with Natt I received there samples, they are just looking great and the tasting will follow within a few days or so…
Now back on this project from Nat and Elliott: