Ecuador, the cradle of cocoa is lush, embeds scents of flowers -- maybe jasmine or rose -- and the forest: undergrowth, cut grass, hazelnut... But perhaps it is the banana or coconut that will leave you breathless. Be prepared.
Smell the chocolate. Break a small piece and let it melt under your tongue. Give time to the chocolate to release its aromas. Enjoy. Repeat.
Our single origin chocolate is sourced from one country, one region, and even one single Cocoa farm.
Like fine wine or cheese, each cocoa plant has its roots; an origin that gives it its typicality. A taste that connoisseurs -- you, soon! -- work to identify with pleasure.
Have you ever heard of terroir?
The Osella company and its director Jacinto Andrade have been contributing to the commercial strength of Ecuador’s emblematic cocoa variety, the well-named Nacional, for 30 years. From small to large producers, the plantations directly involve 50 families, and 200 more indirectly. Valrhona provides technical and commercial support for these farmers, to ensure that this pearl of the Pacific Coast shines for years to come.
Frédéric comes from three generations of cattlemen-butchers. Trained at Fauchon (Paris FR), one of the most high end caterers, he opens his first store in 1994 in Fontainebleau France.
PASTRY CUP WORLD WINNER, 2013 (as President of the French Team) - PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR, France, 1999 and 2007 - President of Les Relais Desserts, 2003-2018 - Vice president of the Pastry World Championship, 2021. Shops and corners in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan - Berlin, Germany - Tunis, Tunisia.
Though recycled, compostable, and fit to minimize packaging, our sleeves remain simple and elegant. With less waste and less postage, we are certainly not here to show off. We work everyday to find better solutions and new ways to make our products sustainable.
BAR SLEEVE: Crownboard Craft CRAFT cardboard, made out of 100% primary wood fibres, produced in Sweden. Certified in accordance with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001, FSSC 22000. FSC CoC & PEFC CoC available. | FLOW WRAP: 100% plant-based cellophane (Natureflex), compostable and biodegradable, produced in France.
Dark chocolate couverture (72% cocoa minimum, pure cocoa butter) - Cocoa beans from Ecuador, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin, natural vanilla extract.
2.12 oz (60g)
May contain gluten, nuts, egg, soy. Made in a facility that uses milk.