Amano Chocolate Mango Chili


From a fertile Guayas floodplain comes the pride of Ecuador- the Nacional cocoa bean, grown nowhere else in the world. In seclusion, farmers have cultivated a wild cacao into a balanced expression of untamed nature and sophistication. We handroast this bean, and, using our antique stone grinder, release its characteristic floral aroma. Rich nuanced notes of smoke, green banana, and blackberry will transport you to another time and place where magic and love abound.

-Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate

Ecuador, 70%



The Chocolate Maker’s Notes:
Ecuador’s native cocoa Nacional has been famous for centuries for its fine flavor.  When cocoa traders would come to the port of Guayaquil and ask where the best cocoa was to be found, they would be pointed “Arriba” or up river. I was very happy to find a small group of cocoa plantations up river from Guayaquil that preserve pure Nacional cocoa. I used the cocoa from these plantations to make this beautiful and incredibly flavorful chocolate.

This chocolate was created exclusively with beans from the Guayas River flood-plain in Ecuador. Historically, these cocoa beans have been known as “Arriba” and have long been famous for their fine flavor. Arriba cocoa from Ecuador creates a chocolate that is rich and chocolately but is also very complex in flavor with flavor hints that are floral, and are reminicent blackberry, smokyness, spice. We have created this bar using our traditional machinery and our own touch of love. This chocolate shows the beauty in flavor that can be achieved using Ecuador’s especially flavorful cocoa.

“Art tore down the wall in terms of American chocolate makers reaching the world stage.  Amano chocolate was the first chocolate from the US  to win a gold medal at the London Academy.  Sensational chocolate and an incredible perspective on pairings which we will share with you on this site.”  Uncle Jerry

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