Goodnow Farms Nicaraguan El Carmen Inclusion with Coffee Dark Chcolate

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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! 

Beer & Wine Hobby was 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. 

Coffee and chocolate is the perfect taste combination!  Goodnow Farms adds just enough coarsely ground, lightly roasted beans to give you a satisfying coffee crunch while still retaining the unique flavors of the chocolate.  

Goodnow Farms discovered this bean after meeting Giff Laube and Jose Enrique Herrera, the owners of Cacao Bisiesto, at their farm just outside the town of Matagalpa. The beans are named after the town in and around which theyre grown, which is located in Nicaraguas Central Highlands about an hours drive northeast from Matagalpa.

Most cacao farms in Nicaragua are too small to generate enough volume to properly ferment the wet cacao (known as baba). For this reason, among others, many farmers simply dry their baba and sell it at local markets at a very low price, since unfermented beans dont develop the flavor characteristics that we recognize as quality chocolate. Giff and Jose realized that the beans the local farmers were growing had the potential to be fine flavor beans, so they built a fermentation and drying facility on their farm and began reaching out to local farmers, convincing them to sell their baba to Cacao Bisiesto for a higher price than theyd get at local markets. Cacao Bisiesto is now working with many farmers in the region, gathering their beans and then fermenting and drying them to their exacting standards.

A custom drying process for Goodnow Farms

One of the farmers Cacao Bisiesto works with is Bayardo Benavidez Blandon. Bayardo owns a 10-acre farm in the town of El Carmen and grows several different crops, including cardamom, fruit trees and cacao. The El Carmen bean comes from his farm as well as about a dozen small farms owned by his family in and around the town. The baba is placed on local buses for transport to Cacao Bisiesto, where theyre fermented and custom dried for Goodnow Farms.

During trips to meet Giff and Jose, the Goodnow Farms owners \were impressed with their extensive knowledge of cacao post harvest practices, which was gained from years of working with cacao at origin.  The farmers are also very committed to paying a premium for the beans they receive from local farmers, and to educating farmers on the best ways to farm and propagate their cacao.

Flavor profile: Given the custom drying technique at Cacao Bisisesto, the bright flavors of this bean are highlighted.

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