Deep in the foothills of northern Guatemala lies the village of Rocja Pomtila, a settlement of Maya Qeqchi who cultivate cacao, cardamom, and maize. Their cacao has only recently become commercially available, thanks to the efforts of a truly extraordinary organization, Uncommon Cacao.
First in Belize with the famed Maya Mountain Cacao, then as Cacao Verapaz in Guatemala, the audacious proposition of Uncommon Cacao is that with education, organization and fair treatment, the cacao farmers could substantially improve their livelihoods. Their mission is to create a sustainable, prosperous cacao industry in which farmers, chocolate makers, and the environment thrive together.
French Broad presents their first production run of 73% cacao Guatemalan chocolate. With just two ingredients – this expertly fermented seed and organic sugar – this bar has rapidly ascended in thier chocolate maker’s esteem, offering flavors of concord grape, chocolate wafer cookie, and peanut butter.