Goodnow Farms Guatemalan Asochivite Dark Chocolate

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Goodnow Farms is a family-owned local chocolatier that produces amazing bean-to-bar chocolate.  Monica, one of the owners, brought us a whole bunch of samples, and after one taste we were hooked! 

At Beer & Wine Hobby we were so impressed by their story - a husband and wife team that grew a small business from a hobby and a dream, like alot of our brewers and winemakers.  They hand-craft and hand-pack incredible 60-77% cacao dark chocolate bars with beans that are responsibly harvested, at better-than-fair-trade prices, from Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador and Nicaragua.  Each chocolate bar has a distinct rich flavor and is incredibly smooth. 

About Asochivite

The remote Guatemalan village of San Juan Chivite is perched on the side of a mountain, reachable only by foot. Part of the journey requires crossing a long, narrow wooden and steel cable footbridge across which all harvested cacao is carried by hand.

At the start of the Guatemalan civil war the village was part of a coffee farm, but when coffee prices declined the owner sold the farm and the land ended up in the hands of 64 indigenous Maya families who had been displaced by the war. They began by growing both coffee and cacao but switched entirely to cacao in 2002.

There are now 125 families living in San Juan Chivite, all of whom are descendants of the original 64 families.

Until recently they sold their cacao locally, at low prices, but are now working with Cacao Verapaz, which has provided them with technical assistance to improve their fermentation and drying techniques.

A new fermentation and drying facility meets the needs of the villagers.

One of the most pressing needs of the villagers was to replace their old and inadequate fermentation and drying area with a new facility that would allow them to improve their post harvest capabilities.  Goodnow Farms agreed to fund the construction of a new fermentation and drying area. The villagers built the new facility themselves, with technical advice from Cacao Verapaz, and began using it for the 2016 harvest.

Flavor profile: The chocolate made from this bean has a delightfully bright fruit flavor, with light acidity and a mellow, dark fruit finish.

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