Cacao Beans from the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia
The cacao beans used for this chocolate are produced in Indonesia. You may not have heard this before, but the country is actually the 3rd largest producer of cacao beans after the Ivory Coast and Ghana. Cacao plants produce beans that vary in both flavor and aroma, depending on the variety, region, climate and the post-harvest fermentation process. Dari K has full-time staff in the region, who are involved in all parts of the process from harvest to fermenting and drying. These raw beans are then sent back to Kyoto, with the exception of those that are subjected to additional processing such as for chocolate or chocolate liquor. The cacao beans used for our chocolate cheese tarts are those very same beans that are cultivated in Indonesia.