BEHIND THE CRAFT
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What are Enrobed Chocolates?

Simply put: layers of chocolate smothering something special inside. The enrobing process is actually quite technically complex and an art.

Using traditional techniques, chocolate is repeatedly poured across a central ingredient, until a thick layer has been built up, followed by polishing and glazing. That central ingredient might be a natural fruit or peel, a speciality nut or a select coffee bean.

Our Belgian chocolate is a blended couverture from Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Sao Tomé, for a rich creamy texture with a lingering flavour and glossy sheen. We carefully consider the cacao content to balance the sweetness and intensity of both chocolate and ingredient inside.

This artisan craft is the Critical Ingredient that makes our enrobed chocolates different and special.

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Dark Chocolate Enrobed Espresso Coffee Beans 200g

Net Weight: 200g

£15.00
Costa Rican peaberry espresso beans enrobed in the finest Belgian dark chocolate. Enjoy each bite of these espresso coffee beans, roasted to complement the flavour of dark chocolate. Beware, very moreish.

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We’ve selected a Peaberry coffee bean for our Dark Chocolate Enrobed Espresso Beans.

You may not know that a Peaberry is simply a natural mutation of the coffee bean inside its cherry – normally, coffee beans grow two beans to a fruit, flat against each other like two halves of a peanut. But a funny thing happens in about 10% of the world's coffee, and a bean is born an only child.

They tend to be rounder, smaller and more dense (known sympathetically in Spanish as ‘caracol’ or snail). They are produced naturally in every harvest in every country.

Peaberries are sieved or hand selection to separate them - they roast differently to normal beans due to their size and shape. Indeed roasting has to be done with particular care, with a small test batch commonly roasted first.
The extra effort is worth it through – they are considered by connoisseurs, including our own expert coffee tasters, to be sweeter and more complex than other coffees.

Costa Rica is one of the premier coffee producing countries of the world and is the source of our Peaberry beans.

Of course, choosing the bean is not where it stops here – the beans are lovingly enrobed by artisan chocolatiers with our finest Belgian 70% Dark Chocolate. The complexity of the peaberry is perfectly balanced with the higher cocoa content.

Savour each satisfying crunch and move onto the next one, and the next…

Ingredients

Cocoa Mass; Sugar; Cocoa Butter; Coffee Beans(8%); Gum Arabic; Shellac; Soya Lecithin; Natural Vanilla Flavour.


Allergens

Made in factory that handles nuts, and milk. May contain traces of these allergens.

Nutrition

Typical values 100g - Energy 2100kj/500kcal | Fat 38.6g, of which saturates 22.6g | Carbohydrate 31.6g, of which sugars 31.6g | Protein 5.7g | Salt 1.8mg


Storage

Store cool and dry. Avoid sunlight and strong odours.

Suitable for vegetarians.

Stories

The London Chocolate Houses

London arrived rather late to the chocolate party... Cocoa was used as a beverage over 2000 years ago by the Mayans, who, like the later Aztecs, used cocoa as a special occasion beverage, to reward brave warriors and as an aphrodisiac. Both empires also used cocoa beans as currency.

Columbus first brought cocoa back to Spain in 1502 to little acclaim but after Cortes conquered Montezuma and the Aztecs, he successfully introduced cocoa, transformed from bitterness with sugar or honey, to the Spanish court, saying “One of this precious drink allows a man to walk a whole day without taking nourishment.”

Chocolate soon arrived in Britain, being first sold in 1657 in The Coffee Mill & Tobacco Roll. It was all things to all people: to some, as with the Aztecs, it was the viagra of the day; to others including Samuel Pepys, a hangover cure.
London Chocolate Houses also became the fashionable meeting places for the elite of London society, as well as being dens of iniquity for the colourful characters of London. The surviving White’s Chocolate House was like all, an all-male establishment, charging a penny for entrance, whilst The Cocoa Tree in Pall Mall saw Tory strategy developed over cups of chocolate.

The East India Company did trade in cocoa, paying 2 shillings in tax per pound of cocoa imported by 1760, the equivalent to one day’s wages, for these beguiling cargoes of cocoa from far off lands, but in truth was more engaged in tea than chocolate. And industrialisation made chocolate a food for the masses around this time and Chocolate Houses soon fell out of fashion.

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  • FAQ

    What is a Couverture chocolate?
    A couverture chocolate is one that that contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter (about a third) than ‘eating’ chocolate. This additional cocoa butter, combined with proper tempering (the process of heating and cooling chocolate to control its structure) gives the chocolate more sheen, a ""snap"" when broken, and a smooth flavour. Couverture chocolate is used for coating our enrobed chocolates.

    How is chocolate made?
    The fruit or pods of the cacao tree are harvested and opened and the beans are scooped out. The beans are allowed to ferment and then dry, after which they are cleaned, roasted and hulled. What remains are the nibs. These are ground up and the fatty cocoa butter is released. The heat from this process creates a liquid chocolate liquor mixture of the cocoa butter and finely ground nibs, from which different chocolates are produced.

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