Small-Batch Locally Made Chocolate from Xocolatl
The Gift: Xocolatl recently opened a "micro-factory" in Krog Street Market, creating single-origin chocolates using super-pure ingredients. They're also turning out flavored bars with items like sea salt or pink peppercorns.
Perfect For: The chocolate-loving gastronome who already knows what's up with single-origin coffee
Where to Find It: Newly opened in Krog Street Market (99 Krog St. NE), the chocolate counter's open daily...
Atlanta Magazine: Xocolatl to make single-origin, dual-ingredient chocolateFrom bean to bar in Krog Street Market
Matt Weyandt and Elaine Read always had traditional jobs. He worked on political campaigns, while she focused on international aid with the Peace Corps. In 2012, they packed up their two children—ages one and four—and moved to Costa Rica for a change of scenery and the chance for adventure. There, the husband-and-wife team met cacao growers and gradually learned how to grind the beans into chocolate. They decided to bring this pure, unadulterated, single-origin, two-ingredient delicacy back home to Atlanta. And Xocolatl was born. - See more at: http://www.atlantamagazine.com/dining-news/xocolatl-to-make-single-origin-dual-ingredient-chocolate/#sthash.IWtMDEVf.dpuf
Krog Street Market, which is set to open in "less than two months," has added a sweet shop and announced a concept change. Xocolatlwill offer artisanal and hand-crafted chocolate bars, with organic cacao sourced from small-scale growers in the Americas. Owners Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt will roast, crack, winnow, stone grind, and temper the product on site.
"This is our contribution to the craft food movement embraced here in Atlanta," Read and Weyandt said in a statement. "While cacao can never be locally-sourced, our other ingredients are local whenever possible and each micro-batch is thoughtfully cultivated to bring out the unique flavor profile of the bean and its flavor pairings."