Camino Verde, Ecuador 70%
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The soils of Ecuador have a long and impressive reputation for producing some exceptional organic cacao. And it’s from Camino Verde, Ecuador that we source the unique ingredient to make this bold and extraordinarily chocolatey chocolate.
While Camino Verde, Ecuador evokes silken liqueur warmth and freshly roasted nuts it’s simply the cacao’s origin talking – plus organic cane sugar and our obsession for preserving the flavours of provenance. And because your senses are unique, you may discover characters and aromas others may not – that’s the magic of Foundry Chocolate.
From the 2017 vintage. Please note the batch number you receive will differ from the one pictured.
Ingredients: Organic Cacao Beans & Organic Cane Sugar. No added cacao butter, lecithin or vanilla.
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and 100% Plant Based.
Selected from across Ecuador, these organic cacao beans were expertly fermented near Guayaquil by Vicente Norero of Camino Verde.
From 2008 to 2016 Vicente operated a 381-hectare cocoa estate, which he rehabilitated after years of disrepair. He called his operation and labor of love Camino Verde, and over the eight years he was in charge, the farm became a model cacao plantation in Ecuador. Vicente used his background in microbiology to develop a multitude of inoculated ferments, highlighting the role of fermentation for chocolate makers and consumers alike.
In 2017 Vicente moved operations north to Guayaquil, and he now buys freshly harvested, unfermented beans from over 3500 farmers around Ecuador. Many of those farmers are members of associations and cooperatives that aggregate the beans and sell them to Camino Verde, where Vicente ferments the beans in his centralised facility. With a larger fermentary and the ability to experiment with a selection of cacao from across Ecuador, Vicente can now expand the work he had been doing allowing him to build new and interesting flavour profiles which he could never have done using only cacao from a single farm.
Says Vicente, “Anyone can source cacao. Our knowledge of farming and managing a plantation allows us to help the farmer in ways that other buyers do not. This support and respect that we share with the farmer creates a trust and loyalty relation that is reﬂected in the product the farmer delivers to us. The Camino Verde farming and harvesting program guarantees farmers not only obtain a greater productivity and healthy beans but also a higher price for their work.” Credit: Meridian Cacao