Original Beans Grand Cru Blend No.1 80% 86.5/100

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This bar is made from a blend of cocoas, sourced from the rainforests of Peru and Congo DR. Once harvested these beans are processed in Switzerland into one of Original Beans compostable packaged chocolate bars and for every bar made Original Beans philosophy of ‘One Bar, One Tree’ means that by eating this chocolate bar you’re helping to spread and preserve chocolate in cocoa producing origins. Continue reading

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Madecasse Madagascar 70% 87/100

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This bar is made with heirloom cocoa from Madagascar. Originally peace corps volunteers in Madagascar, Tim McCollum & Brett Beach grew to be chocolate makers, focussing on harvesting and processing cocoa at origin. Madecasse have and continue to produce finished chocolate bars in the Madagascan capital of Antananarivo, with this bar being produced in Italy. Continue reading

Chocolat Madagascar 85% 89/100

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This bar is made with criollo, trinitario and forastero beans harvested from the Sambirano Valley in Madagascar. Once harvested these beans are processed in the country of origin by Chocolaterie Robert at their factory in Antananarivo, before being turned into one of their chocolate bars to be shipped worldwide. Continue reading

The Best ‘Value for Money’ Craft Chocolate Bars

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The world of craft chocolate can be a daunting place, it can be hard to know what you might like and even harder to find it. With origin lists as long as your arm and lists of chocolate makers even longer, it can be difficult to know where to start or where to stop in looking for your perfect chocolate bar. For some that’s part of the pleasure of craft chocolate, the journey of discovering different flavours, different origins and different makers, but it all comes at a cost, one that newcomers to craft chocolate might find difficult to stomach. Fortunately it’s not like looking for a bottle of wine, no matter how loose your purse strings, it’s unlikely you’ll be spending more than £20 for a bar of chocolate and while some bars might seem pricey, there’s often a lot of good reasons to pay more for your chocolate. That said, it’s always nice to feel like you’re getting value for money and with the aim of encouraging all those thinking of dipping their toes in the water, to dive straight in, I’ve compiled a list of bean to bar craft chocolate makers that not only make great chocolate, but offer great value for money too.   Continue reading

Willies Cacao Colombia Los Llanos 70% 91.5/100

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This bar is made using trinitario beans from the north of Colombia near the border with Venezuela. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. Continue reading

Åkesson’s Bali Sukrama Farms Trinitario 75% 93/100

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This bar is made using trinitario beans from two farms owned by the Sukrama family who cultivates 8000 cocoa trees over 7 ha in the Melaya area in the western part of the island. Once harvested these beans are processed by Bertil Åkesson in Notting Hill, London to make one of his big Å bars. Continue reading

Willies Cacao Colombia Los Llanos 88% 87/100

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This bar is made using trinitario beans from the north of Colombia near the border with Venezuela. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. Continue reading