Since Daniel and I are in the coffee industry, we value the many workers behind the scene that play such instrumental roles in making coffee. If you think about it, a cup of coffee means so much more when you realize that there were folks, harvesting individual coffee cherries, washing, drying them, transporting them, roasting them, finally, brewing them for our enjoyment! You can read more about the process of coffee, here. In short, our enthusiasm for the behind-the-scenes-effort have most certainly spilled over into other parts of our “foodie-life” and I think that’s what got us so excited about the Askinosie chocolates.
We discovered these chocolates sometime last year, but figure we ought to advocate for them a little bit more since they are engaged in something we hope to do someday, direct trade! Shawn Askinosie personally travels to Honduras, Tanzania, Philippines, and Ecuador to meet with the cacao farmers and ensure that they receive fair wages (you can read more about that, here). The best part is that, you can read specifically about the farmers who put together the very chocolate bar in your hands!
This may be a direct result of our love for coffee, but we absolutely love single-origin dark chocolate because we believe it really lets us taste the flavors of the cacao beans of a particular region. We actually record all of our taste notes in a little journal and what’s perhaps even sillier is that I’ve been chronicling our chocolates over the past few years!
Everyone seems so surprised when they rifle through our chocolate files, but it all started one day when Daniel decided to buy every single dark chocolate bar off the aisle at target as a gift (back in college)–maybe I’ll write about that story later. But, guess what? Emmy loves dark chocolate, too—wish I would have snagged the “first taste look.”
What about you? Like dark chocolates?