Limited Release bars are Goodnow Farm’s way of sharing the incredible fine flavor cacao they receive from farmers all over the world. Although they aren’t able to visit these farms personally they’re so impressed with the quality and incredible flavors they just had to turn the beans into chocolate. As with all their bars these are made with cocoa butter they freshly press from the same beans they use to make the bars. they make only one batch of each of origin, so they’re only available for a limited time.
About the Kerala beans
They source these beans from Dan O’Doherty at Cacao Services, which is the importer of record for GoGround Beans and Spices, based in Kerala, India. Go Ground is a social enterprise founded by Luca Beltrame and Ellen Taerwe, and their central post-harvest center is located in Undumbannoor Village, in the Idukki District of India.
Go Ground sources their beans from 150 local farmers, paying prices around 25% higher than the local market price. Their staff consists primarily of nine women employed in bean receipt, quality check, fermentation, drying, storage and packaging operations, while two men purchase and pick up fresh beans a farm gate to ensure ripeness and quality.
Dan is a geneticist who has spent time working with cacao farmers and producers all over the world to help them maximize the flavor and quality of their cacao beans. They’ve been lucky enough to spend time with him in both Ecuador and Costa Rica, and have seen firsthand the unique expertise he brings to each origin with which he works. As soon they tried samples of the GoGround Kerala beans they knew they had to create this Limited Release bar.