The Cacao Marquez plantation is located high in the mountainous region of Sierra de Perija, Venezuela, and Lake Maracaibo. These beans are predominantly Criollo, with some Trinatario genetics, and are fermented for 5 days to balance the high-end fruit notes with a fudgy-chocolate base.

Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Raw Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter

Gluten-Free; Dairy-Free; Nut-Free; Soy-Free; Vegan

Rom Still, Brasstown’s chocolate maker, made a career in Elementary education for 20 years before being bitten by the bug. Curious about process of making chocolate, 7 years ago he started reading everything he could find, experimenting and seeking counsel before launching his business (with partner, Barbara Price, and about $500). It’s been a quick rise to the top, with seven International Chocolate Awards in 2016 putting Brasstown on the map.

Named for the small town in North Carolina that’s home to the artisan tradition of the John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown is located in an old mill and works with small-scale equipment to produce a batch of bars at a time.

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