‎Raaka Chocolate

‎Raaka Chocolate

Unroasted & Uncommonly Delicious

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Raaka Chocolate

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Raaka makes uncommonly delicious unroasted dark chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder and fruitier side of cacao. Every bar is made from bean-to-bar in Brooklyn, NY using Transparent Trade single origin cacao beans ethically sourced from growers we trust and admire. The unique flavor of our unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. We craft our bars in celebration of each cacao origin's unique character. 

Why Unroasted?

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, chocolate is defined as “a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans”. This nice and concise definition had us in a minor existential crisis when we first started making “chocolate” without roasting our cacao beans. We asked ourselves, “Are we actually making chocolate?”

Needless to say, we are making chocolate, but chocolate that is uncommon in both process and in flavor. Since most chocolate available is made with roasted cacao beans, we’ve defined ours as simply “unroasted chocolate”.

We love the bold, bright, and fruitier flavor of unroasted cacao beans. We couldn’t find these flavors in other chocolate since most of what is available is made with roasted cacao beans, so we decided to make our own.

Why Single Origin?

Cacao beans manifest all sorts of flavors, shaped by the soil, climate, genetics, and post-harvest processes unique to each region. We’re not just talking from country to country either: cacao beans can taste completely different within a single region depending on the unique characteristics of that area. The post-harvest process, specifically fermentation, brings out a bright and bold acidity. This is the profile we look to preserve.

To us, each cacao bean is a very special and we treat them as such. The unique flavor of our unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. Every bar we make is in celebration of each bean’s unique character.

Why Transparent Trade?

We created Raaka because we knew there was a better way to make chocolate: from scratch; with traceable, high quality, single origin cacao; transparently sourced; and crafted into something uncommonly delicious. This model doesn’t quite fit into any of the current certifications, so we built our own. We call this model Transparent Trade and we’ve based it on the following principles: 

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We purchase cacao directly from cooperatives and grower organizations that focus on quality, sustainability, field support, market access, and premium prices for farmers.

PRICE STABILITY: 


We will always purchase cacao at stable, premium prices that are higher than commodity market and Fair Trade prices and protected from market fluctuations.

TRANSPARENT PRICING: 


We publish each transaction on our website for verification and accountability.

“Terroir’s important to chocolate in the same way that it’s important to wine, or apples, or grain,” Hodge told me in 2016. “A lot of the beans that we use, if you roast them—a light roast, which is what a lot of craft chocolate does—you get similar flavors. But for our chocolate, it’s just a lot more magnified. In traditional chocolate, the reason you roast is to roast out any variance.” Alicia Kennedy, Edible Brooklyn
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    The upper echelon of chocolate!

    I have pretty high chocolate standards as a former Chocolatier. I take note of packaging, mouth-feel, if it's in temper (in temper chocolate has a stable molecular structure resulting in a smooth, shiny bar with a crisp snap) and last but not least, taste. Raaka Chocolate hits every mark. The Bananas Foster is my favorite because each layer of flavor is defined and smooth. With the first bite comes the fruity banana, chew a second more and you get the caramelized sugar, then finish with sweet vanilla bean. It's freaking delicious! Of course you can grab a bar of dark chocolate in the grocery store, but it's never gonna compare to a small-batch bean-to-bar confection like Raaka.

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    How Many Raaka Chocolate Bars can I eat at once?

    This chocolate was perfect. Smooth, sweet, rich, a hint of flavor in each without being overwhelming. I can't recommend it enough. Perfect chocolate execution! The only issue is our family ate four bars in about 12 hours... I need MORE!!!

       

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