Foundry Chocolate - Anamalai Estate - India 70%
DARK 70%. Expect exotic spice, night blossoms and a citrus tang.
Made from cocoa beans grown nestled beneath the majestic coconut palms of Anamalai Estate in Southern India, this cacao demands attention with its multiple layers of exuberant flavours.
Warm spices and an irresistibly vivacious personality; delivering intertwined layers of exotic spice, intoxicating night blossoms and a lingering citrus tang.
Foundry Chocolate is hand-crafted in micro batches in New Zealand with just two ingredients - cocoa bean and a little sugar. So small are the batches each bar is hand numbered - which number will you get?
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About Anamalai Estate
Anamalai Estate is located in the scenic Anamalai foothills, near the town of Pollachi in Tamil Nadu state, adjacent to the Western Ghats, an ancient mountain range starting at the southwest of India. The region is famous throughput India for its high quality coconuts, with the growing of cacao a recent development, pioneered by Harish Manoj and Karthi Palaniswamy, who own and operate Anamalai Estate.
The Estate is made up of four plots joined by a central farm house. The plots are interplanted with cacao, coconut, nutmeg and pepper to diversify and keep the land healthy. Once the pods are harvested they are taken to the farm house and patio for cracking, fermenting and drying. The cacao is fermented in 5 tiers of wood boxes and sun dried on raised beds.
Harish and Karthi manage their water use with drip irrigation and keep a small herd of cows to help with the weeding and manure compost. All their cultivation decisions are made on site using principles of permaculture and aquaponics, as well as Korean natural farming techniques.
While the majority of the harvest is processed for export, a small portion goes to Harish and Karthi’s local line of bean to bar chocolates, which they are producing to keep up with India’s growing demand for craft chocolate.
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