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Xocolatl (chock-oh-LAH-tul) Small Batch Chocolate makes bars straight from the bean.  We're ready for a commercial-sized grinder.
Xocolatl (chock-oh-LAH-tul) Small Batch Chocolate makes bars straight from the bean. We're ready for a commercial-sized grinder.
178 backers pledged $14,374 to help bring this project to life.

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We've nearly reached our goal in just one week! Thanks to the tremendous support we've added a stretch goal of $15,000. The extra $5,500 will allow us to purchase a larger drum roaster so we can roast more cacao with a better roast profile. All supporters will receive their rewards even if we don't make the stretch goal, but help us get there by sharing our Kickstarter page with your friends!

Our Story

A girl from DC met a boy from Atlanta.  They travelled together and had big, vague dreams.  They came back, hunkered down, got married, worked hard for good causes, had a kid and then were expecting another when they remembered those big and vague dreams.  Feeling like all their future hinged on this, Matt and Elaine quit their jobs, rented out their home and whisked the family off into the jungles of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, as soon as their second child was born.  

And the four of them sweltered in a fecund jungle.  It was beautiful.  It was challenging.  It was liberating.  It was also home to cacao.  There, Matt and Elaine met local growers and artisanal chocolatiers.  There, their big, vague dreams started to take shape.  Knowing they would eventually need to return to Atlanta, Matt and Elaine apprenticed with the local chocolatiers, learned the secrets of making craft bean-to-bar chocolate and started to plant the seed for a bean-to-bar chocolate factory that would have roots deep in Atlanta and would bud into a place of pura vida ("the pure life; real living") in which they thrived in the Costa Rican jungles.

Back in Atlanta, Matt and Elaine have spent the last year perfecting recipes on small, table top grinders.  They debuted in April at the beloved Inman Park Festival, selling on average 1 item every other minute of the 2 day festival.  It took them almost a solid month to handcraft enough bars for the festival using their small scale grinders--and friends who stayed up late to help them hand wrap the bars--and they nearly sold out.  They (oh come now, it's clear), WE are raising the funds to buy a commercial-size grinder that will allow us to make more bars in 4 days than we were able to make in 3+ weeks.  And to thank you for your participation in our big, no-longer-so-vague dream, we will send you a small-batched, artisanal chocolate bar(s) and/or experience as well as immense good will.

We are working hard at building our chocolate micro-factory and retail space in the heart of where Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods meet and having this grinder will help us make sure we have a successful grand opening and years' of supplying Atlantans and our out-of-state friends with delicious, locally crafted, organic and fair-trade pure dark chocolate that contains absolutely no fillers, no soy, no dairy, no gluten and no additional cocoa fats.  This is "pura vida"!

Risks and challenges

Although there are currently so many moving parts, opening our chocolate micro-factory and retail space is quickly becoming a reality. We are building our space this summer, ordering equipment in July and then we have a month to build up our inventory. There are so many pieces that need to be finalized, like choosing which flavors we will start with, getting our wrappers printed and searching under every stone to make sure we are not over-looking a local supplier but we are finally confident that this is going to happen! Having a commercial-sized grinder will ensure that we can deliver on our rewards on time. We can get by for a short while with the table-top machines if push comes to shove, but man, having that grinder will sure be amazing.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A handwritten thank you note mailed to you along with a card redeemable in-store for a 3 oz chocolate bar of your choice and a thank you on our website. For our out-of-state supporters - we are unable to ship small orders at this time due to the prohibitive cost of overnighting chocolate to prevent melting. You're more than welcome to select this reward if you are planning on visiting the ATL!

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    A limited edition Xocolatl T-shirt that will prove you discovered us when we first started and a handwritten thank you note and a thank you on our website. Redeemable in-store if you are in Atlanta or mailed to you if you are out of state.

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    A trio of dark or coconut milk bars of your choice--a nice little stash to get you through the week. And your early supporter Xocolatl T-shirt. And a thank you on our website. For our out-of-state supporters - we are unable to ship small orders at this time due to the prohibitive cost of overnighting chocolate to prevent melting. You're more than welcome to select this reward if you are planning on visiting the ATL!

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    A gift bag of 3 bars plus the t-shirt, plus a 2 oz bag of loose leaf cacao tea (and strainer) which makes 17 deliciously mood-bumping, antioxidant-rich cups. And a thank you on our website. Redeemable in-store if you are in Atlanta or mailed to you if you are out of state.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    A set of 3 of our single-origin dark chocolate bars and 3 flavored bars, plus the t-shirt. And a thank you on our website. Gift some of the bars, keep the rest! Redeemable in-store or mailed if you are out of state.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    A full set of our 5 single-origin dark chocolate bars (from Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Madagascar and Trinidad), 5 flavored bars, Xocolatl T-shirt, and an 8 oz bag of single origin cacao nibs. And a thank you on our website. Redeemable in-store or mailed if you are out of state.

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    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Custom-flavored bars! Suggest 2 flavor ingredients and we will create a custom recipe and send you 10 bars in personalized wrappers with your chosen bar name. If we use the flavor in our line, you can help us name it (we reserve final naming rights and may suggest alternates to your ingredients based on availability or our experience with them). Let the fun begin!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    (Available only in metro Atlanta): A private chocolate tasting of our single-origin chocolate for up to 4 people at our chocolate factory in Atlanta with a gift bag of bars to take home. What a perfect way to gear up for the holidays.

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    (Available only in metro Atlanta): Tour our chocolate micro-factory, learn interesting facts about chocolate and then take a chocolate bar making class with up to 3 of your friends. Classes include take-home chocolate bar making kits for 4 people. Ahem--handmade holiday gifts, perhaps?

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    A 1 year subscription of 8 bars/month and a tasting in our micro-factory for you and a friend (if you are not in Atlanta, we'll do the tasting by Skype with samples for 6 people). The chocolate bar subscription can be gifted to another person if you are mythically huge-hearted. The subscription can start in October with the tasting starting in November. Because we don't recommend shipping during the warmer months, your subscription for April-August may be shipped in the beginning of April depending on your location.

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    A factory tour, a one-on-one chocolate bar making class with a super-take home kit (enough to make 10 batches of 9 chocolate bars/batch), a subscription for 8 bars/month for one year and then one-on-one consultations on your ideas for flavor development (you practice at home with the 10 batches). Finally, together we bring your flavor creation to life in the form of a bar you can help us name (we reserve final naming rights) and that will become a part of our line. Talk about the ultimate in chocophile bragging rights! The subscription can start in October with all other elements starting in November.

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Funding period

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