Bean to Bar Chocolate - Kaithapara Vanam India 73% cocoa solids
The beans for this chocolate are from Kaipatha Vanam in southern india and produce a rich chocolate with genuine hints of Indian spices. India is a small producer, consuming more cocoa than it grows so it is unusual to get chocolate made in the UK from Indian beans.
Our friends at Cacoa Elora's bean to bar chocolate bars are made from the beans, or nibs, with many of the processes being done by hand.
This means sourcing the beans, including sometimes directly importing them from producers, roasting them to develop the flavour, breaking them down before removing the outer inedible husk, and then grinding them with a touch of cocoa butter and the sugar of choice.
It takes at least 24 hours to grind the chocolate, after which it is poured into containers to mature before it can be tempered and made into bars and other products.