1. Sort

We hand sort every bach to ensure only the best beans make it into our chocolate. We discard broken, mouldy and germinated beans, plus any other foreign matter which may have made it into the sack.

2. Roast

We roast batches of 10-15kg in our modified coffee roaster according to a roast profile we have developed for that particular bean. We roast to tame acidity, develop chocolate flavour, evaporate moisture and puff the husk away from the bean center to allow easier winnowing.

3. Crush and Classify

To successfully winnow (remove the husk) the bean needs to be broken apart and the pieces sorted into different fractions according to size. We do this in a our home built classifying machine that vibrates the pieces through a series of sieves.

4. Winnow

Winnowing is the process for separating the husk from the bean’s meat, which is known as Nib. We use a system we built ourselves where the broken beans are allowed to fall through an airstream going in the opposite direction, the light husk is pulled up the airstream to be removed while the heavier nib falls to the bottom.

5. Grind and Conch

The goal is to grind the nibs and sugar until we reach our desired texture and the cacao’s inherent acids left over from the fermentation have been released (conched), being careful not to over grind or over conch.

6. Age

Once the grinding/conching process is complete the chocolate is poured out into blocks, wrapped and stored for a minimum of 1 month. Ageing allows the remaining acidity in the chocolate to mellow, it is an important and unique step in our chocolate making.

7. Melt, Temper & Mold

The aged chocolate is re-melted and tempered. Tempering is a complicated process of heating and cooling where we force the chocolate to set in the correct crystal structure that will give the best shine, the loudest snap and longest shelf life. The tempered chocolate is deposited into each of our custom molds.

8. Hand wrap

Once taken from the molds, we hand wrap each individual bar in foil, then our beautiful embossed wrappers. So much care has gone into making the chocolate that we feel it deserves a special wrapper. Our wrappers are made by letterpress and offset printing on vintage Heidelberg machines.

We hope you have enjoyed our tale of making chocolate from bean to bar. Head over to the Shop to find out more about our products…