Meet our Craft Chocolate Maker
Steve has a passion for chocolate, the industry, and the environmental impact.
So, I set about learning the chocolate business, not from a eater, but from a maker. Where do you start? I needed to learn the basics of chocolate making and fast. I turned to Ecole Chocolat, a Canadian company with online courses. That gave me a basic background and understanding of the business, tasting, and developing a quality product. From there I just rolled up my sleeves, found basic chocolate equipment and got started. My first eight batches were fails. The chocolate actually tasted good but didn’t look good. But I was failing at a fast rate which meant I was also learning at a fast rate. Soon, I was learning all the buzz words to the business. I was making chocolate bars, pieces, and truffles. Then I asked myself, how does a Chocolate Maker know about chocolate all over the world? I needed to make that chocolate. So, I set about making chocolate from all the regions of the world. Today I’ve made chocolate from 24 countries, comprising 31 different origins. And I’m looking for more.
And then I asked myself, what if I could turn the process around? Instead of buying beans, and making the next order from them. What if I could buy the beans, understand it’s Terrior due to it’s origin, fermenting process, and drying process, and make the chocolate best suited for that bean? Instead of potentially cancelling out a flavor, I could enhance it by the way I made the chocolate and what ingredients I blended with it.
I love the outdoors. In my spare time I enjoy the beauty, healthfulness and serenity it provides. I'm an Adventure Racer, mountain biker, kayaker, hiker, runner, compass navigator, and ropes person. All those activities require a baseline of fitness and healthy diet. And is the motivation for me behind making healthy chocolate and energy bars