What Should the New Origin Be?
One of the goals for this Kickstarter is to develop and release a new, limited-edition single-origin chocolate. I did this as part of both of my previous Kickstarters: Upala, Costa Rica in 2010, and Cuyagua, Venezuela in 2013.
As you probably know, all of my current chocolate is single-origin, which is a somewhat ambiguous term that is used to describe cacao sourced anywhere from a single farm all the way up to a full country. For me, I try to be as specific as possible (but not moreso). So, since the cacao for my Duarte, Dominican Republic chocolate comes from a collection of small farms in the Duarte region of the DR, that's how I name my bar.
When I was first introduced to craft chocolate, I was blown away by the different flavors I tasted from different origins and different chocolate makers. It was unlike any chocolate I had ever tasted before, and I was hooked. I honestly had no idea chocolate could taste like that. Even after seven years making chocolate, pure single origin chocolate is still my favorite to eat, and is what I am most passionate about when making chocolate.
In that very first chocolate tasting, which was around the holidays in 2009, I tried chocolate from various countries in Central and South America, as well as Madagascar. I've since tried chocolate from all over the 'cacao belt'--that area where cacao grows, roughly 20 degrees north and south of the equator--and the different flavors from different origins still continues to amaze me.
One of my favorite parts about being a chocolate maker is when someone tries one or two of my single origin chocolates and I get to share in that 'I had no idea chocolate could taste like that' moment.
So, I've got a few ideas of new origins for the new single origin bar for this Kickstarter. I even have some samples of a couple of them on the way.
But before I make a decision, I'd love to hear from you! Is there an origin that you just absolutely love? Or one you think would be great as a Potomac bar?
If so, leave a comment on this update. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!