Solkiki Peru Maranon 68% 89.5/100

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Made from Organic fortunato No.4 cacao beans, considered to be a pure Nacional bean from the Marañón river canyon of Peru, where they are grown at notably high altitudes. Once harvested and processed they are shipped to Iris and Bob in Dorset, where foregoing their degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, they instead turn their passion and skills to turning these beans into one of their vegan chocolate bars. Using cobbled together equipment at their dedicated chocolate workshop, they stonegrind their chocolate using intensive labour in place of high tech gadgetry to produce their craft chocolate. Continue reading

Cacaosuyo Peru Lakuna 70% 87.5/100

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Based in Lima, Peru, chocolate makers Cacaosuyo use Peruvian beans to make their chocolate bars, with the whole tree to bar process taking place in the cocoa’s country of origin, before the finished product is shipped worldwide to be eaten. These beans come from the Amazon forests in the Peruvian Jungle located towards the central eastern mainland. Cacaosuyo like to test all the beans they use for genetics and are pretty particular about which trees get harvested and with these beans being somewhat difficult to get to, it’s pretty clear that they’re not using these beans by accident. Continue reading

Cacaosuyo 50% Peru Piura Milk 91.5/100

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Based in Lima, Peru, chocolate makers Cacaosuyo use Peruvian beans to make their chocolate bars, with the whole bean to bar process taking place in the beans country of origin, before the finished product is shipped worldwide to be eaten. These beans come from the Piura region of Peru on the north western coastline, notorious for their pale white colour these beans are thought to be white criollo, but not necessarily the same genetically as Porcelana. Cacaosuyo like to test all the beans they use for genetics and are pretty particular about which trees get harvested.

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Wilkies Peru Amazonas 75% 89/100

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From the east of Peru lies the state of Amazonas, which borders all of Peru’s national parks. Wilkies source all their beans from Peru and only source criollo beans that are biodynamically grown. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Cork in Ireland where Wilkies take particular and intimate care over every element of the production process, in order to bring the full potential of the beans out, in their chocolate bars. Continue reading

Wilkies 75% Tumbes Peru 88/100

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In the northern most tip of Peru’s coastline, north of neighbouring Piura lies Tumbes, where a prized strain of criollo is grown. Not only is this rare criollo full of flavour, but it is also grown biodynamically, without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertiliser, something which is particularly important to Wilkies. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Cork in Ireland where Wilkies take particular and intimate care over every element of the production process, in order to bring the full potential of the beans out, in their chocolate bars. Continue reading