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On February 29, 2012, two cacao enthusiasts founded Cacao Bisiesto; hence the name (Bisiesto is Spanish for "leap year"). Giff, an ex-Peace Corps expatriate, and Jose Enrique, a Nicaraguan cacao agronomist, live in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua, where Criollo and Trinitario cacao varietals have been cultivated for generations. Both brought years of professional experience and a shared vision to their partnership. To preserve heirloom varietals of cacao, they pay a premium to local farmers for Criollo-infused seed with fine flavor profiles, and plant rare varietals on their own farms. Then they ferment and dry with precision.
The 68% dark chocolate made with this exceptional cacao has won us recognition in the Good Food Awards and at the esteemed Northwest Chocolate Festival. It has an earthy quality and offers flavors of black coffee and licorice.
Made in a facility that handles tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs & peanuts. May not be suitable for people with allergies to these foods.
French Broad Chocolates handcrafts artisanal chocolates and pastries featuring superb local and organic ingredients. The owners, Jael and Dan Rhatigan, learned chocolate making from the ground up (literally). They started their chocolate journey in Costa Rica, where they bought and breathed life into an abandoned cacao farm. Not long afterward, they opened Bread and Chocolate, a restaurant on the Caribbean coast. In 2006, they moved to Asheville (lucky us), intent on making their own chocolates.
The fruits of their labors can be gauged by the long lines you see on South Lexington outside their chocolate shop, French Broad Chocolate Lounge, on just about any night in Asheville. At the Chocolate Lounge, you can nibble a piece of chocolate cake while sipping a glass of Pinot Noir or enjoy a dense cacao nib brownie perfectly complementing the creamy stout set in front of you. Their latest venture has been establishing their very own “from the bean” chocolate-making factory. Drop by 821 Riverside Dr. Suite 199 for a tour to see how real chocolate is made.