This 70% multi award-winning dark chocolate bar from Goodnow Farms Chocolate is made with beans from the Ucayali region in Peru.The Ucayali River is one of the major headwaters of the Amazon, and the farmers living along its shores grow several varieties of fine flavor cacao. They bring the cacao on boats to our partners at Ucayali River Cacao, where the beans are expertly fermented and dried at their new facility.
The Ucayali region is on Peru’s east coast and has long been known as a principal coca growing area. While many farmers in the region once grew coca they have increasingly been turning to fine flavor cacao as an alternative. Part of the reason for this change is the increased price that craft makers like us are paying for premium cacao, and another is an initiative being undertaken by the Peruvian government to eradicate coca crops and thereby reduce the endemic crime it brings.
The Goodnow Farms team visited several farms in the region, including William Taleverno’s. He and his family hosted them for lunch and a tour of their cacao trees, and showed them the many ways they’re working to improve the flavor and production of their cacao. William was so inspired by the idea of fine flavor cacao that he’s been fermenting and drying his own beans at a nearby cooperative, and using those beans to make his own chocolate! This is just one of the many ways fine flavor cacao has provided opportunities for farmers to add value at origin.
This bar is made with our Goodnow Farms' freshly pressed Ucayali cocoa butter, ensuring true single origin flavor and an exceptionally smooth texture.
55g / 1.94oz