Tcho SeriousMilk Mokaccino 92/100

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This bar is made by combining Tcho’s signature milk chocolate made from cocoa beans from Ecuador and Peru, with coffee from roasters Blue Bottle Coffee. This bar is produced at Tcho’s factory in Berkeley California. Continue reading

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Rio Nuevo Ecuador 80% 89.5/100

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This bar is made using arriba nacional cocoa from the Los Rios region of Ecuador. Once harvested the beans are supplied to Andres and Sara in Cornwall where they are turned into one of Rio Nuevo’s single plantation chocolate bars. Continue reading

Rio Nuevo Ecuador 72% 90/100

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This bar is made using arriba nacional cocoa from around Vinces in the Los Rios region of Ecuador. Once harvested the beans are supplied to Andres and Sara in Cornwall where they are turned into one of Rio Nuevo’s single plantation chocolate bars

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Ritual Ecuador Camino Verde 75% 89.5/100

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This bar is made from cocoa beans from the Guayas region on the west coast of Ecuador. You can read a lot about Camino Verde and their central processing facility here, here and here. Once harvested and processed these beans are shipped to Park City, Utah where Ritual Chocolate use traditional European methods to turn them into one of their chocolate bars. 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