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    Ruth Evenhuis
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Introducing Bahen and Co. Chocolate

Bahen & Co makes incredible chocolate. Founded by former winemaker Josh Bahen, you can tell where the company's obsession with preserving regional flavour came from. Nuanced and complex flavours of cacao are evident with each bite, affirmation of the meticulous attention that is given to each process.

 

image via Bahen & Co

 

So, how do they do it? Bahen & Co spend a lot of time searching for rare varieties of heritage cacao that produce the best chocolate, building relationships with their growers, dealing directly with the farmers and exceeding fair trade standards. After all, "Our chocolate can only be as good as the quality of the cacao we source." But that's only the beginning.

Bahen & Co take a slow and traditional approach to making chocolate. Cacao pods are split open, fermented, sun dried and hand sorted, before being slowly roasted at a low temperature by a restored roaster from the 1930's. The cacao is then winnowed by a vintage 1910 Guitard Melangeurto that separates cacao nibs from the husk.

Image via Bahen & Co

 Cacao nibs are combined with organic cane sugar and gently ground into a smooth paste before being polished between granite stones of a vintage Carle & Montanari conche. The chocolate is then left to age before being tempered and poured into moulds. 

Image via Bahen & Co

And the result? A truly delicious and different bar of chocolate.

We (obviously) love Bahen & Co chocolate and right now we have bars in Almond and Sea Salt 70% Cacao, House Blend 80% Cacao, Chilli & Salt 70% Cacao and Cracked Coffee 70% Cacao. Bahen & Co chocolate makes the perfect little add-on to a gift, a treat for yourself or works well as that small purchase to get you over the $50 line for free postage. We dare you not to fall in love.

 

  • Author avatar
    Ruth Evenhuis
  • Australian madeGood foodsupport ethical

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