Amano Chocolate Ocumare Dark Chocolate Bar


On the central coast of Venezuela is a remote valley known as Ocumare de la Costa. Barely accessible for centuries, the Ocumare region is known for its superior Criollo cacao. Art hand-selects the beans he uses in his Ocumare Bar for their pronounced plum and delicate floral notes that underscore their fine chocolate profile. He carefully roasts  the beans in out antique cocoa roaster to deepen their inherent flavor.

Recent Awards and Recognition:
Gold Medal at the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards
Picked as #1 Bean to Bar Chocolate in America by the New York Times
Gold Medal at the 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards




The Chocolate Maker’s Notes:  Art Pollard

“When I buy cocoa beans, I have the opportunity to visit a wondrous array of communities that are far from the beaten path. Ocumare is one of them. Ox-cart width streets lined with colonial houses testify to Ocumare’s long history. Ocumare’s cocoa has been highly prized and exported since at least the 1600’s. The people of Ocumare are gentle and humble; whose culture is a mix of Indigenous and Spanish with influences from the Caribbean. I greatly enjoy my time in Ocumare visiting with its people, telling stories, sharing our chocolate and enjoying their cocoa.”

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