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LOEA10050 Loving Earth

Loving Earth 85% Dark Chocolate - 80g

by Loving Earth
£3.84£4.49
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  • Loving Earth 85% Dark Chocolate. This 85% Dark Chocolate has been created with Cacao from the 2015 harvest of the Ashaninka people, deep in the Amazon. Sweetened with Evaporated Coconut Nectar, this bar is our most intense flavour yet - for the true cacao connoisseur.
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  • Expected Despatch By 07/12/2016
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Product Description

  • We travelled 4 hours by canoe up Rio Ene, one of the headwaters of the Amazon River in Satipo, Peru, to source the Amazonico Criollo Cacao from the Ashaninka People. This intense cacao from the 2015 harvest has notes of aniseed and fennel. Grown underneath the jungle canopy alongside citrus and coffee plants, you can taste the biodiversity of the forest in every bite. Loving Earth's Chocolate is made with Raw Cacao from bean to bar here in Melbourne. The minimal processing means that our chocolate has up to twice as many antioxidants as conventional chocolate. We use Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar (a natural, low GI sweetener) instead of cane sugar to create this delicious chocolate bar. Please Note: During the warmer months our chocolate can sometimes melt in transit. Please click here for more info on how to best avoid this when ordering and storing your chocolate.

    Health Benefits:
    We travelled 4 hours by canoe up Rio Ene, one of the headwaters of the Amazon River in Satipo, Peru, to source the Amazonico Criollo Cacao from the Ashaninka People. This intense cacao from the 2015 harvest has notes of aniseed and fennel. Grown underneath the jungle canopy alongside citrus and coffee plants, you can taste the biodiversity of the forest in every bite. Loving Earth's Chocolate is made with Raw Cacao from bean to bar here in Melbourne. The minimal processing means that our chocolate has up to twice as many antioxidants as conventional chocolate. We use Organic Evaporated Coconut Nectar (a natural, low GI sweetener) instead of cane sugar to create this delicious chocolate bar. Please Note: During the warmer months our chocolate can sometimes melt in transit. Please click here for more info on how to best avoid this when ordering and storing your chocolate.


    Growing
    Satipo is a region that sits at the edge of the Amazon basin at the base of the Andes mountain range. In this area we work with 4 small producer groups tthat are grouped under the umbrella Association of Cacao Producers of Satipo, consisting of Altoandinos and both the indigenous Ashaninka and Chene people. We have used cacao from the 2015 harvest of the Ashaninka people for this bar. They have maintained their traditional ways of growing cacao and taking care of the forests.


    Processing
    First of all, the Cacao pods are harvested from the trees and cracked open. The beans are then taken out and fermented. The level of fermentation affects the flavour; we do a low fermentation of about 45 degrees C, as otherwise the temperatures can get quite high, which affects the structure of the nutrients. The main thing that Loving Earth does differently to other chocolate makers is that we don't roast the Raw Cacao Beans before we process them. The standard procedure in the chocolate industry is to roast the Raw Cacao, which helps bring out the flavour. It removes a lot of the microbiological contamination they might contain, but it also removes some of the valuable antioxidants contained within. What we do instead is wash them with a citric-based organic disinfectant. Afterwards, they're dried in large commercial dehydrators, at controlled temperatures, before being winnowed into nibs, which basically means taking the skin off them. Then we grind them into liquor, and finally we press them into powder and butter.
    Basically, we get five products from this process. We get Raw Cacao Beans, and because we've disinfected and washed them you can eat them - raw! We get Raw Cacao Nibs, which are the beans without the skin. We get Raw Cacao Liquor, which is the nibs ground into a paste. Then when we take the the liquor and put it into a very high-pressure press, which presses all the fat and butter out of it. So the end product is the Cacao Butter and then this hard cake that's milled into Cacao Powder. 1kg of liquor is about 50% fat, so when you press the liquor you get about 40% Cacao Butter and 60% powder. The powder retains about 10% fat content after pressing, and all the antioxidants plus a lot of the nutrients are concentrated in that powder.
    We buy and import these five products, which we use to make our raw chocolate from scratch. When indigenous communities such as our friends in Peru manage to add as much value as possible at the point of origin, not only do we support agricultural industry, but also the development of that community. We get the five basic materials we need to make our chocolate, and they earn more, allowing them to further develop infrastructure to process their Cacao.

    Packaging

    Every Loving Earth chocolate bar comes to you in a plant-based inner wrapper to maximise freshness and extend shelf life. These wrappers are not made of plastic and are compostable. The boxes which contain our wrapped chocolate bars are made from 97% recycled post consumer card board and are printed with vegetable inks.

Ingredients

  • 75% Organic Fair Trade Raw Cacao Beans, 15% Organic Fair Trade Evaporated Coconut Nectar, 10% Organic Fair Trade Virgin Cacao Butter. Made in Australia with imported ingredients. Contains traces of nuts.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 8.9g (2 squares)
    Serves Per Package: 9
    PER SERVE PER 100G
    Energy 221kJ(52kcal) 2490kJ(593kcal)
    Protein 0.9g 10.1g
    Fat-total 4.0g 45.1g
    Saturated 2.2g 24.8g
    Carbohydrate-total 3.5g 38.8g
    Sugars 1.3g 15.0g
    Sodium 2mg 19mg

Directions

  • Eat a square or two for a delicious, energising snack. Even better when shared with someone you love! Our chocolate is best enjoyed chilled. For best results store in a cool dark place below temperatures of 20 degrees – preferably refrigerated. Our Coconut Sugar Chocolate also makes an excellent coverture chocolate: perfect for dipping, coating, molding and garnishing.
  • HCODE

    LOEA10050

  • MPN

  • MANUFACTURER

    Loving Earth

  • EAN CODE

    9339709004592

  • CONDITION

    NEW

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