The Xoconusco has landed
Great news! Our cacao from Xoconusco, Chiapas, Mexico has finally arrived in Honolulu after 6 months of winding it's way slowly through Mexico City, customs holds in Texas, to Los Angeles, and finally landing in our laps to start making some traditional chocolate bars with this Royal Aztec heirloom Criollo cacao, especially for all of you our wonderful kickstarter supporters. Can't wait to open the sacks and inhale the sweet aroma!
We thank you again for sticking with us and the Chiapas cacao growers over the many months through the long process of learning how to import heirloom cacao from its origins in Mexico through many bureaucracies, and allow us to show the world how wonderful chocolate made as it was originally envisioned is!
Dried, fermented cacao comes to us in many large burlap sacks like these from the CASFA cacao coop
Dave was lucky enough to visit both Oaxaca and Chiapas recently and met with both the cacao grower Don Isidro from whom we are getting our cacao and the cacao coop CASFA where they had many great discussions on how to continue to improve the fine art of cacao fermentation to get the best flavor out of their heirloom beans, how to speed up shipping next time, and how to get the word out on the wonderful taste of cacao from the birthplace of chocolate in Central America.
Don Isidro showing off his beautiful plump Amelonado Criollo cacao from his orchard in the Huehuetan hills of Xoconusco
While in Oaxaca city, Dave stayed in the Huayapam district where the beautifully aromatic Rosita de Cacao or Cacahuaxochitl flowers lined the street and where most of the most skilled tejate chocolate drink makers in Oaxaca's Abastos market hail from. The tejate drink/foam he witnessed is a combination of these Rosita de Cacao flowers, cacao most likely from Chiapas, mamey sapote seeds, and a few more ingredients that are whipped into a wonderful froth with a molinillo.
A woman in the Huyapan market demonstrating her chocolate drink frothing skills with the molinillo stirring in a big bowl of tejate made with cacao, Rosita de Cacao, and pixtle or mamey sapote seeds.
Dave even met with folks a local Mezcaloteca
where they had a vast variety of Mezcals made from agave of different
species & regions that they paired with our chocolate, of which they
liked the Rosita de Cacao bar the most. We hope to include this as a
stop on our cacao & chocolate tour happening in October or January.
Stay tuned to our classes page or fill out our short tour survey so we can make it the chocolate trip you have really dreamed of. If you have moved since our initial survey, please let us know your new address by email at info aht madrechocolate doht com.
This has been a huge week for us with the long-awaited arrival of the Chiapas cacao, starting the new KCC farmers market in Honolulu, our first cacao farm & chocolate factory tour on Oahu's windward coast, and we won best bean-to-bar chocolate in Hawaii at the Big Island Chocolate Festival as judged by "Mr. Chocolate" Jacques Torres and Hasty Torres of Madame Chocolat in LA.
We hope we can meet all of you individually in Hawaii or Mexico if you get a chance to visit, and thank you for your continued support of helping us all get back to the roots of chocolate. Big thanks to all of you who offered to go down to Laredo, TX to assist us in getting our cacao through the FDA and customs clearance. Sometimes it takes a village! Now it's down to the business of chocolate making: roasting, cracking, winnowing, grinding, tempering, molding, wrapping, and mailing bars to you as thanks for your backing.
The pairing of mezcal and our Xocolatl Mexican inspired chocolate bars was a hit and went late into the night!
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