Hemisphere Coffee Roasters is working with our coffee-producing partner/farms to bring you their direct-trade cacao/chocolate.
Hemisphere Craft Chocolate began out of a desire of Hemisphere Coffee Roasters to help the farmers we import coffee from. Most of them grow cacao as a cover/shade crop to improve their coffee, then when they go to sell the cacao, get royally ripped off. One farm in Nicaragua produces over 10,000 pounds of raw cacao that many years he just leave to rot away because of low prices. We are changing that!!
We hope you enjoy the subtleness of what craft chocolate can be.
Craft Chocolate vs Commercial Chocolate... Commercial Chocolate focus on MOST while Craft Chocolate focuses on BEST. Just like coffee or wine, chocolate exhibits a taste of origin: subtle nuances of variety, climate, altitude, roast level, etc. Commercial chocolate mixes all origins together and usually adds unpronounceable ingredients to maintain a sweet, chocolaty flavor that loses the taste of place and the careful, hard work of the producer.
Two Ingredients... nothing else!
We start with Direct-Trade cocao beans...sorting, roasting, grinding, winnowing, refining, tempering and molding, all in our facility in Mechanicsburg, Ohio. It's a labor of love!