Two questions before we can answer this question for you:
1) How much chocolate do you want to buy? 10 pounds? 100 pounds? More?
2) What's your price range? $4-5/pound? $5-9/lb? $10 or more/pound?
I am looking to buy 10 - 20 pounds at a time, with a price range of $5-9/lb.
I would prefer Latin American grown.
It would also be nice ~ but not necessary ~ to find some that is Soy Free and Sugar Free for the purists.
I just ordered a sampler pack from El Rey to try their different varieties. If you know of other companies that have similar sampling packs that would be helpful too.
P.S. I am excited to get your opinion Clay! I am now reading your book Discover Chocolate! This is such a great site and community. I am very grateful for the the work that you and all the chocolate makers and lovers do to make this world more blissful and sweet one mouthful at a time! :D
Thanks for the kind words about the community and the book. I am privileged to be able to work with so many people around the world who share a passion for chocolate.
I think your best bet is going to start working with an online store/distributor like ChocoSphere.com. They carry many brands and many different varieties from those brands. You can purchase in small quantities to start with, and larger quantities if you need to. I don't think that sourcing direct from the manufacturers makes much sense at this level.
Wonderful, thanks Clay!