Based in Devon, England, Willie Harcourt-Cooze is as passionate about chocolate as we are about tea! The first premium chocolate maker in the UK to make chocolate from “bean to bar”, Willie personally sources the great single estate cacaos direct from the farmers, then makes them into chocolate in small batches. Making the chocolate this way takes up 21 days and preserves the delicate flavour notes of the beans, which like the leaves that go to make our great teas, or the grapes that make fine wines all taste remarkably different.
The recipe for the single origin bars is simple: cacao, natural cocoa butter and raw cane sugar, nothing that can get in the way of the flavour of the beans. He also uses less cocoa butter than most chocolate makers because that makes the flavours last longer in your mouth.
To make the flavoured bars Willie carefully harmonizes the natural flavour of the cacaos with the flavours of the inclusions.
Needless to say the milk and white chocolate bars match the high quality of the rest: Each recipe uses natural cocoa butter, no vanilla and much less sugar than is usual.