We're thrilled to be featured in Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story. The upcoming documentary follows us, our friends from Raaka Chocolate, Parliament Chocolate, French Broad Chocolate, and cacao hunter extraordinaire Steve Bergin on a journey into the Peruvian Amazon to search for old varieties of cacao. Check out the trailer below!
Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate
You could call Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt a pair of organic-minded Willy Wonkas. While living in Costa Rica, the married couple studied under local chocolatiers, learning how to create chocolate bars from craft beans. Today their pure imagination flows through their shop and micro factory in Krog Street Market, which specializes in handcrafted chocolate bars. (For more about the story behind Xocolatl, go to the AJC’s Personal Journey about Read and Weyandt at specials.myajc.com/xocolatl/.) Read and Weyandt decided to create a drinking chocolate, served frozen in the warmer months and hot when temps drop. They started with the liquid version of their Kissed Mermaids bar made with Nicaraguan cacao, coconut milk and cane sugar. House-made coconut whipped cream sits on top. Flavors rotate in and out, including the Peppermint Bliss, the drinkable answer to their Mint Chocolate Chip bar, featuring organic dried peppermint.
99 Krog St., Atlanta. 404-604-9642, xocolatlchocolate.com.
Read full article HERE.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Off the beaten path: Couple abandons the 9-5 for Costa Rica and discovers a sweet spot for chocolate.
Nestled beneath towering palm trees, Matt Weyandt and Elaine Read swayed in a hammock, nibbling on a locally made chocolate bar.
Earlier that year, they had quit their high-pressure careers in Atlanta and moved to Costa Rica, setting up house with their two children in a bungalow called Casa Tranquila, tranquil house. They were living a life many people dream about, abandoning the rat race for a slower pace in a tiny seaside town on the southeastern coast of Costa Rica.
Read more: http://specials.myajc.com/xocolatl/