PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Woodblock Chocolate, the first bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer in Portland, Oregon, is proud to announce a collaboration with the Cocoa Research Center at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad, to create a chocolate bar made from over 2,400 types of cacao representing the efforts of the International Cocoa Genebank. There are only 65 pounds of this chocolate in existence, and the bar called Trinidad Fundare will sell for $100 with all proceeds going to the maintenance of the Genebank's living library of cacao, representing one of the most diverse collections of cacao varietals in the world.
Established in 2010 by husband and wife team Charley and Jessica Wheelock, Woodblock Chocolate is one of the pioneers of the American craft chocolate making movement. The manufactory located in Southeast Portland houses all the equipment needed to roast, conche, age, and temper chocolate, including a refurbished peanut roaster from 1910 and other machines cleverly retooled to help transform the raw cocoa into some of the best chocolate.
Finding the best cacao is paramount and is based not only on the flavor profile of the bean but the sustainable process by which it was cultivated. Woodblock Chocolate's relationship with cacao from Trinidad began before the Cocoa Research Center collaboration when Wheelock first traveled to the Gran Couva region of Trinidad. As a result of this trip, Woodblock Chocolate became one the first and only chocolate makers to use cacao from this region in the United States.
Just in time for the holidays, Woodblock Chocolate is releasing their holiday bar created from a blend of cacao from Ecuador and Peru that is beautifully wrapped in a poinsettia pattern. The earthy flavors of the Ecuadorian cacao and the fruity, caramel flavors of the Peruvian cacao come together to make a unique chocolate that stands on its own. Other blend bar varieties include salt, sesame seed, and salt and nibs, and can be purchased online in a gift pack, perfect for gift giving this holiday season. For more information visit www.woodblockchocolate.com, Instagram and Facebook or their retail shop located at 1236 SE Oak St. Portland, OR.
Olivia Flynn, Little Green Pickle – 503.894.8695, [email protected]
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