LetterPress Chocolate's story starts in high school, where founders David and Corey met. Their first experience with cacao was in 2011 when they traveled to St. Lucia on vacation and happened to stop at a cacao plantation where they got to taste the pulp from cacao pods for the first time. Two years later, the couple began a chocolate blog called Little Brown Squares which exclusively featured reviews of bean-to-bar chocolate bars. David began purchasing small quantities of cacao beans from chocolate makers and brokers and started making his own batches. He eventually started making chocolate that tasted good enough to start selling to fellow employees. Today LetterPress Chocolate has its very own factory where you can visit and even complete a tour with tastings.
Approximately a ten hour drive from Tanzania's main city of Dar es Salaam, Kokoa Kamili is based in the village of Mbingu (Kiswahili for Heaven) in the Kilombero Valley area of the Morogoro region bordering the Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Mbingu is fairly rural with no access to electricity or tarred roads for about sixty kilometers. Kokoa Kamili pays premiums to farmers in the region who grow quality cacao to encourage them to seek quality over quantity.
Awards: Academy of Chocolate Awards, Bronze 2017
Tasting notes: Green Banana & A Peppery Mocha Finish
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