Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - January 2021

Is it safe to assume everyone is excited to start 2021? How else would you start the new year off but with delicious craft chocolate. 

Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.  

WHAT'S INSIDE KEKAO'S CRAFT CHOCOLATE CLUB JANUARY BOX

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Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate:

Adam Dick and Dustin Taylor have always loved crafting. With a background in woodworking and boat building, they have always worked with their hands. Craft is a guiding principle in their lives. After hearing about the craft chocolate movement in the late '00s, they saw similarities in woodworking and craft chocolate making. They became fascinated with the idea of the chocolate experience and in 2010 bought their first chocolate-making equipment. Their chocolate captures and highlights the subtle flavour nuances in the cacao they source from around the world, with the goal to make an enjoyable chocolate experience for us.

Dick Taylor Brown Butter with Nibs & Sea Salt 73%

This chocolate bar is a deliciously rich bar that simply sings! With cacao from Akesson Plantation of Madagascar, Fazenda Camboa of Brazil, and organic cane sugar from Brazil, they craft their 73% Northerner Blend. The chocolate is combined with browned butter from local Rumiano Family creamery to create an ultra-creamy foundation for crunchy roasted cacao nibs and delicate sea salt.

Tasting Notes: Nutty, Tangy & Caramel 

Weight: 57g

Dick Taylor Brown Butter with Nibs & Sea Salt 73%

Marou, Faiseurs de Chocolat:

Marou was one of the first bean to bar makers in Asia. When Vincent Mourou left his advertising career in San Francisco, he moved to Vietnam to find himself. This is when Vincent met Samuel Maruta, a banker from France living in Saigon with his wife and two kids. The two had nothing but a blender, an oven, cake tins, and Sam's kitchen. Samuel and Vincent continue to work with a tight network of small farmers who they buy the best quality beans from.

Marou Dong Nai 72%

This chocolate is made with cocoa that is produced at MAROU’s own cacao fermentation and drying station near Cat Tien Natural Park in Dong Nai province, making it a very rare ‘pod-to-bar’ chocolate. This chocolate is mild with surprising notes of spice.

Tasting notes: Red Fruit & Spice

Weight: 80g

ORIGINAL BEANS:

Since 2008, Original Beans has ventured into remote rainforests to source the world’s rarest cacao beans and transform the cultures of chocolate, food, and luxury. Original Beans founder, Philipp Kauffmann, represents the 7th generation in a family of recognized nature explorers and conservationists who coined the term “sustainability”. Philipp gave up his job at the United Nations in New York to grow Original Beans as a leading brand for a world in which we regenerate what we consume. For each bar purchased, Original Beans plants a tree with their initiative, One Bar One Tree.

Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66%

Original Beans has been actively involved in the conservation of this rare source of 100% wild cacao for several years. Now, genetic research has shown that this ‘original bean' is a distinct endemic variety, genetically independent from all known cacaos. Extraordinarily, the cacao grows on “chocolatales” or “cocoa islands” dating back to a pre-Columbian civilization. During the wet season, the expert collectors from several indigenous tribes go out, for weeks at a time, in canoes to collect the wild beans in spots only they know about. The wild beans are so small that they require specially modified roasting.

Tasting notes: Floral Honey, Apricot, & Jasmine Tea

Weight: 70g

Original Beans Beni Wild Harvest 66%

GOODIO CHOCOLATE:

Founded in 2015, Goodio is a food pioneer with a big heart. The story started with a question: “What if there was a food brand you could trust?”Goodio was created on the principles of sustainability, well-being, and transparency. It's a vision to bring Nordic-inspired flavors to a chocolate brand for the global consumer.

They select organic, nutritious ingredients, and fuse them with unique flavors, such as wild blueberry and sea buckthorn to give you a delicious one-of-a-kind treat. All their bars are made with raw cacao, which is high in antioxidants and classified as a superfood.

Goodio Café Ubuntu 61%

Goodio Chocolate joined forces with Ubuntu Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to creating jobs and empowering communities in Kenya.

Like the African concept of ubuntu or interconnectedness, this chocolate is a blend of distinctive East African coffee and Ugandan cacao that join harmoniously to create a chocolate with rich notes of golden raisin, maple and fig.

For each chocolate bar sold $0.50 will be donated to Ubuntu’s health & education programs supporting children with special needs as well as empowering and educating women in Maai Mahiu, Kenya. 

Tasting notes: Golden Raisin, Maple & Fig

Weight: 48g

Goodio Café Ubuntu 61%

To get started with craft chocolate, start with our Kekao Box. We search the world for the finest chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly.

From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come up, you never know what you’ll get inside the box!

Each month we will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty crafted chocolate bars. 

Have someone who you appreciate? It also makes as a great gift

If you want to just try a couple of bars, check out our online chocolate shop. It's a selection of what we have curated in our past boxes. 

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