Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Crafted in the American Southwest
Drawing inspiration from local ingredients, Monsoon Chocolate transforms transparently sourced single origin cacao from all over the world into craft chocolate bars and chocolate confections.
The chocolate produced is truly a collaboration between Monsoon and the farm workers who grow, harvest, ferment, and dry the cacao. Monsoon stays true to the bean, honoring the farms’ hard work by processing the cacao as minimally as possible, revealing the flavors inherent in the beans.
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Mesquite 45% White Chocolate Bar
Single Origin Ecuador
The cocoa butter in this bar is pressed from fine flavor cacao in the country of origin by Camino Verde, just outside of Duran, Ecuador. Monsoon adds organic sugar, organic milk powder, organic butter, and ground mesquite pod from the San Xavier Cooperative Farm. This bar contains the same amount sugar content as a 70% Dark Chocolate.
Tasting notes: caramel, toasted nuts, sweetgrass
Winner: 2019 International Chocolate Awards Americas, Silver
Blue Corn Atole 42% White Chocolate Bar
With Heirloom Corn
The Pueblo of Santa Ana is a Native American tribe with reservation lands that include a strip of New Mexico’s fertile Rio Grande valley. The members of Santa Ana have lived just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico, since at least the early 1500s. Agriculture has been central to the survival of the Santa Ana community for over 500 years. Blue corn, the most treasured grain of Pueblo tribes, is the prominent crop of Santa Ana. The Tamayame people not only grow the corn, but also operate a stone mill to create several products under the brand name Tamaya Blue.
This bar is inspired by the traditional corn and masa-based beverage Atole of Mesoamerican origin, where toasted corn or masa is blended with water or milk, piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar), vanilla, and optional spices, fruits, or chocolate. The consistency of this beverage can range from a thick porridge to a thin liquid. Here, we have refined the blue corn into a traditional white chocolate that retains just enough texture to enhance the perception of the delicate and floral qualities of the heirloom corn.
Tasting notes: custard, sweet corn, floral
Winner: 2019 International Chocolate Awards Americas, Bronze
Winner: 2019 International Chocolate Awards Americas, Special Award – Gastro
Esmeraldas Ecuador 40% Milk Chocolate Bar
Origin Milk Series
Costa Esmeraldas is a relatively young family-owned, single estate farm that is operated entirely by the Salazar family. Located in the Esmeraldas province of Ecuador, a region not traditionally known for fine flavor cacao, the farm has reclaimed land once occupied by cattle pastures. The Salazars have collaborated with cacao expert Dan O’Doherty on the farm design and the post-harvest facility.
Tasting notes: hints of clover honey
Esmeraldas Ecuador 75% Dark Chocolate Bar
A True Gem
The dark Esmeraldas blend yields tasting notes of mocha, turbinado sugar & floral honey.
Bejofo Estate Madagascar 64% Dark Milk Chocolate Bar
Full & Rich
Bejofo Estate is an organic cacao orchard that is part of the larger Akesson Estate in northwest Madagascar’s Sambirano valley. Managed by Bertil Akesson, who has specialized in growing ﬁne cocoa, pepper, and other spices for many years, Bejofo Estate produces 300 tons of cocoa a year. The cocoa has been designated as certified “Heirloom” by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative (HCP).
Tasting notes: chocolate malt, candied lemon, hojicha latte
2021 Good Food Award Winner
Bejofo Estate Madagascar 80% Dark Chocolate Bar
From the Sambirano Valley
The dark Bejofo Estate blend yields tasting notes of red fruit, fudge & pink grapefruit.
Monsoon Chocolate Kokoa Kamili Tanzania 55% Milk Chocolate Bar
From the Kilombero Valley
Kokoa Kamili is a central fermentary that works with approximately 1500 small shareholder farms in the Kilombero Valley of Tanzania, most of whom range in size from just 0.5–2 acres. In an area that historically received some of the lowest prices for cocoa in the country, Kokoa Kamili is now paying a premium well above market rate to the farmers for wet cacao, and controlling the post-harvest processing themselves. This results in higher compensation and a reduced workload for the farmers, and ultimately produces a more consistent, high quality product.
Tasting notes: fudgesicle, buttermilk waffles
Kokoa Kamili Tanzania 77% Dark Chocolate Bar
Consistently High Quality
The dark Kokoa Kamili blend yields tasting notes of tropical fruit smoothie, Hong Kong milk tea & black cherry.
Ucayali Peru 60% Dark Milk Chocolate Bar
Outside of Pucallpa
Ucayali River Cacao is a central fermentary that works with nearly 400 cocoa farmers along the Ucayali River outside of the Peruvian city of Pucallpa. The region has long and complex history of narco-trafficking and the presence of the Shining Path militant group. Ucayali River Cacao has partnered with USAID and Alianza Peru to offer a premium for wet cacao, giving local farmers access to an alternate market to narcotics.
Tasting notes: chocolate phosphate, yogurt covered raisins & apricot
Ucayali Peru 72% Dark Chocolate Bar
Outside of Pucallpa
The dark Ucayali blend yields tasting notes of fresh peach, cream & black pepper.
2022 Good Food Award Finalist
Semuliki Forest Uganda 38% Milk Chocolate Bar
Smooth & Rich
Latitude Trade Company is a Ugandan registered social enterprise owned and managed by Jeff Steinberg, that purchases wet cacao from over 500 small holder farmers in several communities in the district of Bundibugyo, in the subnational kingdom of Rwenzururu. Our friend Dan O’Doherty designed the fermentation facility and helps us purchase the dried cocoa beans. The company is helping raise the quality of agricultural products in the region, re-defining the origin reputation, and increasing smallholder farm incomes.
Tasting notes: hints of vanilla & maple
Semuliki Forest Uganda 74% Dark Chocolate Bar
Direct Trade Cacao
In the dark Semuliki Forest blend, you will pick up tasting notes of fudge, rye bread & dried fig.
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