Meet Mike Longman, Chocolarder’s founder
How do you source your cocao beans?
We only source the very best cocoa beans, looking not only at the flavour, but also at the farmers or the communities that grow them and the conditions they are grown in. Did you know that cocoa trees actually grow best under the canopy of trees, as they like shade? The farmers we work with grow their cocoa in harmony with nature, rather than tearing it all down when it comes to harvest.
How do you make your bean-to-bar chocolate?
Our chocolate factory is full of beautiful antique machines, each with its own role to play in the process from roasting, shelling, grinding, refining and conching – this ensures we have the very best flavour and melt for all our chocolate. It’s then aged in giant blocks for at least 25 days before being tempered and poured into bars.