Sunday, August 16, 2015

Creo Chocolate

Creo Chocolate is a dream come true, both for the family that started this amazing business and all of us lucky Portlanders who get to enjoy it!  When I heard that they offered free tours of their chocolate making business, I jumped at the chance to check it out!  Janet Straub carefully explained the entire process, from beans to bars.  They set out to make chocolate and do it right in every respect. The Straub family owed a small family farm, which they sold to start their new business.  Being farmers themselves, doing things right began with sourcing their beans. They decided to work with heritage beans, in order to support a grower that has not moved on to hybrid crops.  Their beans come from a farm in Ecuador that they visited and admired.  They roast, crack, winnow, conch, temper and mold the chocolate all themselves by hand.  The results are nothing short of divine!  They also give back to the community through an ambitious charity donation program and by making every effort to share their joy in the chocolate making process with anyone who is interested.  They even offer classes to make your own chocolate bar!
Roasting.
Winnowing.
Tempering the chocolate.

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