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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 5 2014
$9,168
pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
82
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 5 2014

About

We start with Direct Trade, Heirloom Cacao.   It took time to select the strain of cacao that matched the flavor profile we were looking for.  We ultimately chose a strain of cacao, called Arriba Nacional, indigenous to Ecuador-Certified Heirloom, by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association.

Chocolate going full circle...farm to bar to farm.
Chocolate going full circle...farm to bar to farm.
Business conducted face to face is important to our relationship.
Business conducted face to face is important to our relationship.

Next, we, along with our farmer, practice sustainability.

Economical  At Millcreek Cacao Roasters, we buy direct from our farmer. No middleman is in place to take a cut from his profits. We also pay him a premium to help preserve this rare, indigenous cacao.  At this time, we are the only chocolate maker in the U.S. using Samuel's cacao.

Cacao drying in the Ecuadorian sun.
Cacao drying in the Ecuadorian sun.

Social  Farmers face challenges with low income and child labor.  We are fortunate that Ecuador has laws in place that require year-round payment for farm hands.  

 Environmental  Many farmers have to tend to invasive genetically modified or hybrid cacao because they grow more rapidly. Our farmer grows a naturally occurring strain that grows more slowly and in its natural surroundings.

We learn so much from our farmer, Samuel von Rutte.
We learn so much from our farmer, Samuel von Rutte.

And now...we've created something revolutionary, innovative, and extraordinary!

Take your palette on a ride through changing flavors of fruit, floral, and caramel notes.
Take your palette on a ride through changing flavors of fruit, floral, and caramel notes.

 We have developed a proprietary method to aroma-infuse our bars with flavor to create a unique chocolate experience.   We take our heirloom dark chocolate bars and naturally cure them in a specialized environment filled with the essence we are pairing with our chocolate.   This creates a unique flavor profile without actually adding anything to the bars.

Exquisite flavor with a clean ingredients label.
Exquisite flavor with a clean ingredients label.

Since chocolate is naturally receptive to aroma, the aroma-infusion process requires an environmentally sensitive space.  We can create any flavor profile imaginable given the space...but, that's the problem!

We need the right space!  And the funds to create that space, a space that is ideal for this innovation.  We have the technique, we have the equipment; all we need is the right environmentally sensitive space.   We have lots of imagination, but little space for creation.

The bars have to cure for several weeks.
The bars have to cure for several weeks.

The bars require a sealed environment to ensure optimum results.  We use chambers that have been customized to our specifications.  We have designed an entire line of the aroma-infused bars, and now we need your help to provide the setup we need.

Kickstart this project and your tastebuds will thank you.

Unwrap, taste, and enjoy the experience!
Unwrap, taste, and enjoy the experience!

Risks and challenges

We so hope we are funded. Without the space, production and innovation of our aroma-infused bars are at risk of being never being enjoyed by chocolate lovers. We do not want to resort to desperate measures; this is not good for a well-balanced life.

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    You will receive one of our Aroma-Infused, Naturally-Cured, Heirloom Dark Chocolate Bars. Your name will forever be displayed on our factory wall and listed on our Facebook page.

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    You will receive two of our Aroma-Infused, Naturally-Cured, Heirloom Dark Chocolate Bars. Your name will forever be displayed on our factory wall and listed on our Facebook page.

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    Boxed and Bowed, you will receive an assortment of six of our Heirloom Dark Chocolate Bars.
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    Become the artisan. Choose your favorite aroma and create your own signature bar. Then, six of your bars will be boxed and bowed. Ready for Valentine's Day!
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    A bar named after you! Create your own signature bar. We will even customize the packaging to reflect the flavor and the name you have chosen. Twelve bars just for you!
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