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Wellington Chocolate Factory

2 Dec 2014

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A hot chocolate from the Wellington Chocolate Factory is one of my favourite mid afternoon indulgences, but this time my visit went a little differently.  For a start, I had to actually pay attention to the whole place and not just let my nose waft me around the shop.  I managed to snatch a few minutes from very busy Events Manager Ania Upstill, and pick her brain for what they believe making chocolate is really about.

Wellington Chocolate Factory is co-founded by Gabe Davidson & Rochelle Harrison, and is extremely serious about having a holistic and ethical practice.  Ania was very excited about their ‘bean to bar’ process which all takes place right on site.  In their shop they have chocolate made from Fair Trade, organic beans from Peru, Madagascar, and Dominican Republic; and I took great pleasure in tasting the difference.  Most of their chocolate is 70% cocoa and it is not for the feint of heart.  It is strong, rich, smooth, and quite simply delicious.  A Coconut Milk Chocolate is also up for purchase along with Hazelnut, and Salted Brittle Caramel.

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Wellington Chocolate Factory is co-founded by Gabe Davidson & Rochelle Harrison, and is extremely serious about having a holistic and ethical practice.  Ania was very excited about their ‘bean to bar’ process which all takes place right on site.  In their shop they have chocolate made from Fair Trade, organic beans from Peru, Madagascar, and Dominican Republic; and I took great pleasure in tasting the difference.  Most of their chocolate is 70% cocoa and it is not for the feint of heart.  It is strong, rich, smooth, and quite simply delicious.  A Coconut Milk Chocolate is also up for purchase along with Hazelnut, and Salted Brittle Caramel.

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Ania gave me a brief overview of what they achieve in their Eva St spot and they have each step down to an art. They bring in the beans and hand sort them.  Next, they get just a light roast, and according to Ania this is where their process differs from most chocolate makers, “a light roast really allows you to taste the different flavours in the beans.” They are then crushed to separate the husks from the nibs, and a vacuum cleaner-like contraption separates them.  The nibs go into the grinder’s for about two and a half days before they are poured out to age for up to a month. The chocolate is then reheated very specifically or ‘tempered’ which “gives it that shine and snap.” It is then cooled, turned out, and wrapped for our purchasing pleasure. Phew.

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Wellington Chocolate Factory

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