About this project
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!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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