Bean-to-bar chocolate producers

This page will be a ungoing effort to list all the artisan bean to bar producers I encounter during my researches. The focus is on chocolate makers who put quality and taste before quantity. There might be even chocolate makers included that don’t make the actual chocolate themselves, but work together closely with other chocolatiers to create stunning results.

I’ll list them by nation of origin and I’ll indicate if I’ve reviewed any of their products. This list will keep expanding, as I’m fairly certain it will be almost impossible to get them all, but hey, you can’t blame a guy for trying. So here we go! May my work help you to discover little treasures!

Click on any name and you’ll find their website.

A special thanks goes to “The Ultimate Chocolate Blog” – for allowing me to share their collection of Canadian Beat To Bar Chocolate makers. Visit them for their view and news on fine chocolate!

 

Argentina

Australia

Austria

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Colombia

Costa Rica

Czech Republic

Denmark

Ecuador

Fiji

Finland

France

Germany

Grenada

Guatemala

Hawaii (USA)

Hungary

Iceland

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Lithuania

  • Chocolate Naive – reviewed: Trinidad & Tobago 70%, Peru 78%, Milkchocolate/salted caramel, Dark chocolate/forest honey, Java/Papua New Guinea Milk 53%

Madagascar

New Zealand

Nicaragua

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Scotland

South-Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

  • Idilio – reviewed: Chuao 72%

The Netherlands

Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom

United States of America

Venezuela

Vietnam

  • Marou – reviewed: Bên tre 78%
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7 comments on “Bean-to-bar chocolate producers

  1. Pablo M says:

    Great project! Note though that several of the names listed aren’t bean to bar — eg Original Beans, Idilio, Akessons, Friis-Holm; not sure about all those Americans

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  2. Kris Kellens says:

    Hi Pablo. Thanks for the comment. I can see your point towards the companies you describe. Yet I’m inclined to list them here, because for instance Idilio’s chocolate is made by felchlin, yet the people behind Idilio have the final word on how the roasting/conching proces will take place – as Sepp SchönBächler of Felchlin explained during the Single Origin Event in Amsterdam.

    Akesson’s works the other way around. He produces the beans and then co-operates with a French chocolate producer to transform them into the chocolate he invisions.

    To me this makes these companies more producers than chocolate companies who simply blend or use products from the great multinationals like Barry Callebout or Cargill.

    The ones on my list truely make fine chocolate with a vision.

    But it is a work in progress and will develop in the time to come.

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  3. Hallo,
    We wilden u laten weten dat we zullen hosten van een cacao en chocolade festival in juni. 13 juni, 14 en 15. We zouden heel graag aan u bij te wonen. Het zal een grote kans om de lokale cacaoboeren ontmoeten, zien demonstraties, producten te presenteren, of de bron cacaobonen. Als u geïnteresseerd bent of wilt u meer informatie laat het ons weten. het festival zal in Mindo, Ecuador. Dank u.

    Grant Goodman
    Grant@mindochocolate.com

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  4. This list is clearly the product of a lot of work on your part and a super resource. thanks for making it!

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  5. […] to Bar (particularly this post about international bean-to-bar […]

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  6. Kamil says:

    Hi,
    I just wanted to advise you that there is a new bean-to-bar company in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The name of the company is “Avanaa” and they are making very very good bar-to-bean organic chocolate bar 🙂
    You can have a look to their website: http://www.avanaa.ca

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