Los Angeles Craft Chocolate – Small Batch, Bean to Bar

 

David grafting cacao at Finca Istanbul in Chicacao, Guatemala
Grafting at Finca Istanbul in Chicacao, Guatemala (2014)

 

We love chocolate.

But we don’t love how most chocolate tastes the same – artificial, full of sugar and vanillin. We want you to experience the subtle differences in each region we work with, like coffee or wine. To that end, we source and roast cacao beans that are truly exceptional – not only in flavor, but featuring a truly ethical, sustainable supply chain. We travel to meet farmers in person at the source – Peru, Guatemala, Belize, Dominican Republic, and beyond. We’re always looking for new ways to help farmers and small co-ops out, and with us, you can help too! We pay a premium to the farmers to encourage them to keep growing fantastic, lower-yielding and delicate cacao, rather than tearing out and planting bulk over-productive commodity cacao or other crops. Cacao is the future. And LetterPress will help build it. We’ve begun the process of selecting farms we truly believe in – not just buying cacao, but actually investing with them and taking an active role in cultivation. Sending equipment and expertise on site, our goal is to make the best chocolate in the world, in a fully sustainable and transparent way.

Theobroma Cacao sapling
Theobroma Cacao sapling

 

Founded in 2014, LetterPress Chocolate is a small batch bean to bar chocolate company which features single-origin, and in many cases single-project cacao from around the world. Our goal is to forge direct relationships with farmers and co-ops who feature truly exceptional cacao, to pay a premium and help raise the quality of life.

 

Cracking cacao pods at Izabal Agroforest, Guatemala
Cracking cacao pods at Izabal Agroforest, Guatemala

 

New cacao fermentary with Asociación Ak’ Tenamit students at Izabal Agroforest in Guatemala (January 2016)

 

Drying tunnels at Öko Caribe in the Dominican Republic
Drying tunnels at Öko Caribe in the Dominican Republic

 

Why LetterPress?

 

Magnesium die for our Holiday Pack inserts

We love the handcrafted feel of letterpress printing and are docents at the Internatonal Printing Museum in Carson, CA – the largest print museum in the world. We’ve been very fortunate to train under veteran graphic designers and letterpress printers since we started volunteering there. We found that chocolate making and letterpress printing are our two passions that can work together in similar ways. Hence the name.

Award-Winning Craft Chocolate

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We won our first award, the prestigious Good Food Award in 2017 for our Costa Esmeraldas, Ecudaor bar.

Feel free to contact us at info@letterpresschocolate.com!

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