Bean to Bar Chocolate; Uganda.
Along the Animas River corridor, the “Highline” is considered the most dramatic, the pinnacle, of the canyon. Thus, the pinnacle of ACC chocolate is our Bean-to-Bar Highline Bars. Incorporating only single origin premium cacao and organic pure cane sugar, this is the truly the chocolate lover’s chocolate. Simple ingredients allow the chocolate lover to truly experience all the flavor that cacao can truly have; each bar having it’s own, distinct flavor profile and tasting notes. Made bean-to-bar in our cafe at 920 Main Avenue, Durango, the process is open to view by the public. We invite you to join us, ask questions, and try some chocolate!
This bar is for the deep, dark chocolate purist for the simple complexity and the creamy, nutty flavor notes. Grown in the Bundibugyo region of Western Uganda, Semuliki Forest cacao is grown by 1,002 organic smallholder farmers in the region, 52% of whom are women. Latitude Trade Co. (LTC), the company that processes and exports this cacao, has organized 6 rural collection points for farmers to access, where they sell fresh cacao weekly into the network and receive cash at the point of sale. LTC’s centralized fermentation facility and warehouse is located in the village of Bumate, at the base of the hills leading into the mountains. The site is designed to take advantage of all possible available sunshine while limiting runoff from heavy rainfall. Fermentation boxes have a 500kg capacity and total duration of fermentation varies from 5.5-6.5 days. Beans are sun-dried on portable raised racks for 6-7 days and blended to create consistent lots before export.
All of our bean-to-bar chocolate is made in small batches and handcrafted on-site. At ACC, we like to rotate the bean origin of our bean-to-bar chocolate bars. This rotate lets you experience different bean origins which yield different flavor notes, cocoa butter content and terroir. This creates and interesting and diverse experience for chocolate lovers and a great introduction to fine chocolate for those that have not yet experienced it!