Here is a list of bean to bar makers. It is not a list of ethical companies or artisan chocolate makers. It simply means that these companies all make their chocolate all the way from raw cacao beans to the molded bar. This list is the result of an ongoing project conducted at 70%, where members maintain a discussion and make attempts to verify that each company on this list actually makes chocolate from raw beans. The reason for verification is that sometimes companies wish to sound hip and trendy and so they claim to be bean bar. The idea is to have some type of definitive list going of who actually makes chocolate from the bean for RETAIL (not solely commercial, industrial, sale).
Claudio Corallo (São Tomé)
Tava (factory is currently not operational)
Casa Don Puglisi
Chocovic (now owned by Barry Callebaut)
Sir Hans Sloane
Latin America/ Caribbean
Chocolates Condor (Bolivia)
Chocolates Para Ti(Bolivia)
Cooperativa Naranjillo (Peru)
Cotton Tree Chocolate (Belize)
Danta Chocolate (Guatemala)
El Castillo del Cacao (Nicaragua)
El Ceibo (Bolivia)
El Rey (Venezuela)
Grenada Chocolate Company (Grenada)
Hacienda Bukare (Venezuela)
Momotombo Chocolate Factory (Nicaragua)
Rain Republic Chocolate (Guatemala)
Is Alter Eco a bean to bar company?
I'm currently reviewing several of their bars. The beans are grown by the El Ceibo Cooperative in Bolivia and the chocolate is made "in the pure Swiss tradition" by someone in Switzerland.
Lowe ... Alter Eco is a US-based product sourcing and marketing company. If the bars are made in Switzerland, then how can Alter Eco be bean to bar?
I guess I should have done more research on the internet first. I was only looking at the package which says in large bold letters on the front "El Ceibo Cooperative" then on the back "Made in Switzerland" and distributed by "Alter Eco Americas". Going by this information alone I thought it would be possible for the company to be bean to bar, made in Switzerland but distributed in the U.S. Now I wonder-- who actually makes the Bolivian beans into chocolate?
It turns out that Alter Eco is a French company started in 1999.
Clay, thanks clarifying this.
I've updated the database with Rogue Chocolatier, from Minneapolis, MN. The founder, is the youngest chocolate maker that I know, and if I'm not mistaken, Colin Gasko is also a TCL member too. Can't wait their chocolates, that I've ordered, arrive in my home in January :-p
I make chocolate from bean to bar in the UK - Red Star Chocolate. Clay has even tasted some of it...
Yes, and I've read about you at Seventypercent.com, wanna taste yours too, but I can't order them from my country *sigh*
Someday when I can make it to Europe and UK, I will definitely go to your workshop to learn and taste some sample, if you don't mind :-)
Just for fun, here is the ICCO (International Cocoa Organization) of "Chocolate Manufacturers." In looking at it I see:
It's not clear what the criteria are for inclusion. One very new company, AMMA (Brazil) is on the list.
Not sure whether these guys can be classified as bean to bar yet but they seem to be heading in that direction.
Farm by Nature
When it comes to the Cocoa itself, Farm By Nature is on the road ( through their sister company Cocoa Australia)
to grow Australia’s first cocoa Plantation in Far North Queensland.
The first of these little Aussie beans should be available in 2010 and used to create a unique Australian Cocoa Farm Range.