Alter Eco – Dark Salted Brown Butter Organic Chocolate
Alter Eco’s Organic Dark Salted Brown Butter chocolate is something every chocolate lover should have in their cacao library.
But it’s not just the silky melt-in-your-mouth texture, or the invitingly intense flavour of this fine Ecuadorian chocolate expertly blended with dark salted brown butter that should get you excited, it’s the ethos, and the story behind the company that makes this bar equally exciting.
As a company, Alter Eco are committed, not just to the flavour of their products, but to their positive impact with the small farmer communities they work with around the world and their impact on the planet. That’s why they calculate their entire carbon footprint every year – including emissions derived from all the products they use, including cacao, quinoa, rice and sugar; and production and transportation. They then offset this footprint every year by carrying out reforestation in the communities in which they source their raw products from.
You’ll notice, when you unwrap a bar of Alter Eco chocolate that one of their proudest examples of this reforestation initiative is displayed on the inside cover. It is the story of the Acopagro farmers of a Peruvian co operative, who now plant native trees on their cacao fields in order to help replenish their soils, create biodiversity within their fields and crop, help with watershed, and provide beneficial shade to their cacao trees. This also enables the cacao to grow in a more natural environment and aids in giving the chocolate a more unique flavour.
Read the story of Peru’s ACOPAGRO co op as you indulge in your bar of salty sweet delight – pick up on the rich roasted, buttery aroma of the bar, break a piece off and try it, the blend of the salted brown butter marries perfectly with this 70% dark Peruvian chocolate, giving a long finish that is both rich, and refreshing – that familiar hint of salt, with the heady dark chocolate makes a welcome break from the traditional delicious (yet somewhat sickly) sea salt caramels. I have a feeling I’ll be making a trip over to Seattle soon, to get my hands on some more of these!