Impressive samples from ChocoArt
ChocoArt's Jesus, Joseph and Mary
Fleur de Xocoatl
Gnosis Cocao Nibs
Éclat's Good and Evil
Grenada Chocolate Company
Chef Maria Luisa Rodriguez' Jazz Brownies
Fast forward years later and I'm standing outside the Chocolate Show event space and a friendly face in broken English asks me if I can help get him inside, as he has to work the table at Kallari chocolate. He's the one on the right, here.
In the years between these two meetings, Kallari moved on up to being sold at Whole Foods and a few other stops around the city. They're one of the few cooperatives in the world that is 100% owned, produced, and marketed by members—in this case, 850 indigenous Kichwa families in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Their rare, single-sourced beans are incredibly fresh when they go from farm to store shelf within 4 months, making for a very soft, barely-bitter dark chocolate with incredible flavor notes. Go to their website to feel even better about eating too much of a good thing.