You may have noticed that it’s been a little quiet around Chocolate Noise lately, and that’s because I’ve spent the past six months or so working on an enormous story about Brazilian cacao and the conspiracy behind its demise in the early '90s. Engadget published it on Friday, and I’m super excited to share it with you here.
I’ve rounded up some photos of Brazilian beans, chocolate makers, and farms that Engadget didn’t use in the story, which means you can exclusively view them here.
Pods with witches' broom at Vale Potumuju, photo by Baiani Chocolate
Brazilian bean-to-bar makers Juliana and Tuta Aquino consulted cacao whisperer Dan O'Doherty of Cacao Services to improve their growing and processing methods, including transforming their traditional drying area into a solar drying tunnel. Here's a cool video that Tuta made about it.
Brazil swept the Academy of Chocolate Awards this year. Baiani Chocolate, the Aquinos' brand, won silver in the tree-to-bar category, and here are all the other Brazilian brands that won awards!
It’s exciting to see Brazil’s bean-to-bar movement blossoming, and to see American makers start to use their beans.