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Mike's interest in Chocolate Making evolved after a lifetime working as
a Chef and Food Technologist.
The science brain met the
creative brain with great gusto
and the secrets of
were slowly revealed.
What followed was
an inspired move to one of those rare communities where
anything is possible...
the west coast beach town of
Raglan, New Zealand....
Raglan Chocolate was born in 2017.
Good Chocolate is a tricky thing to make;
It starts with
good ingredients..... traceable and ethically sourced.
Quality Cacao beans direct from the Grower.
If every step is done well, the end result can be
This is what we call
Photo: Raglan Chocolate
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The Bean-to-Bar concept (the way of bringing the beans, their grower and the maker into a loop), showcases whole beans used for their particular flavour profile distinguishing one variety from another, very much like vineyard growers and their grapes.
Hand Made : Ethical
Chocolate made from the whole bean, by the chocolate maker.
Beans are ethically sourced. (This means the Farmers are paid fairly for their beans, there is no child slavery on the farms and no middle-men in the supply chain).
Uses minimal processing and ingredients.
Made on a small scale so each batch can be optimised by the chocolate Maker.
Reliant on high quality ingredients to achieve the amazing diversity of flavours and aromas.
Celebrates the subtle natural differences in bean flavour.
Uses as little sugar as possible.
Avoids emulsifiers and other ingredients that are added only to make the chocolate cheaper.
Our bean varieties each have a known history. It's important to us that the land and the people involved in growing them are well treated.
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