Friday, May 07, 2010

Coppeneur Chocolates are here @Botany's Desire...

Coppeneur has created premium, innovative and award winning chocolate products since 1993.

Recently Coppeneur became the first micro-batch bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Germany. On their first journey to locate a plantation growing high quality cocoa beans, Georg and Oliver traveled to areas near the Amazon. Their journey eventually led to cocoa plantations in the Los Rios Valley of Ecuador and then finally to the organic certified plantation, Hacienda Iara, which cultivates the rare Nacional Arriba bean.

Other superior quality plantations were discovered including “Tabuna” in Papua New Guinea, "Menavava" in Madagascar (organic), "Uba Budo" in Sao Tome et Principe and "Buena Vista" in Dominican Republic (organic). Coppeneur also creates regional “Single Origin” chocolate made with beans sourced from Trinidad, Jamaica, Grenada, the Java region of Indonesia and the Ocumare Valley of of Venezuela.

Coppeneur also creates limited edition chocolate when very rare exceptional quality harvests of cocoa beans are discovered. In 2008, two sources of rare Porcelana cocoa beans, one from Venezuela and the other from Mexico were found. Only 950 bars from each source were created. On "a-soon-to-be-on-line" chocolate rating web site called the "C-Spot", our Venezuelan Porcelana bar is rated the #1 bar in the world, just slightly ahead of the Italian brand of chocolate that usually earns the #1 spot. Another discovery was made in Peru when a very small harvest of Porcelana beans became available and most recently Coppeneur purchased a single ton of cocoa beans from the famous "Chuao Valley" in Venezuela.

Coppeneur then pushed the boundaries further by becoming an organic cocoa grower. Amid ylang ylang, lychee, mango, black pepper and vanilla, Coppeneur found a wonderfully fertile piece of land shielded by trees on a small hill located on "Nosy Be", a volcanic island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Organic Criollo and Trinitario seeds from the freshest fruit of the best cocoa plantations in the Sambirano Valley were planted. Our first cocoa crop is expected in 2011.

At regular intervals, Georg and Oliver travel to the cocoa growing regions of the world in search of the best cocoa beans and to visit plantation "Nosy Be" in Madagascar.

Your chocolatiers,

Georg Bernardini and Oliver Coppeneur

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