Harper Macaw Chocolate

Luxurious and ethical Brazilian cacao beneath kaleidoscopic packaging

Entering the burgeoning world of artisanal chocolate with a flourish, Harper Macaw‘s Washington, DC-made bars capture attention with their kaleidoscopic packaging. We were enticed to open the crisp, colorful boxes but ultimately more pleased to savor the complex flavors of cacao—sourced from the rainforests of Brazil—that we found within. By exploring her love of chocolate, Sarah Müller Hartman of Harper Macaw pays homage to her …

Cacao Fruit-Based Solbeso

The first 80-proof spirit born from the tree best known as the source of chocolate

Whiskey hails from grain, agave provides the source for tequila and vodka can be derived from wheat or potatoes. But with Solbeso, an entirely new and (as yet) unnamed category of distilled spirits has emerged. Carefully selected, fresh cacao fruit—sustainably sourced from family farms in Ecuador and Peru—yields the drink, which becomes high-proof alcohol after fermentation and craft-distillation in South America. This full-bodied white spirit …

East Van Roasters

Bean-to-bar (and cup) chocolates and coffees with a social mission in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside

Just a short walk from Vancouver, BC‘s historic Gastown neighborhood lies East Van Roasters. Situated in the city’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood, the airy facility fills the surrounding blocks with a nutty, toasted scent. The recently opened non-profit roaster buys fair trade coffee beans and cacao from around the world, then takes them from raw commodity to craft product. “Sourcing directly from organic farms, the cacao …