It's hard to forget the images of Colombia after the fights between government forces and FARC guerrillas. Now, when the formal peace agreement is signed many farming areas are planning to reduce its dependence on growing coca leaves - main raw material for producing cocaine - by "beautifying" the areas with traditional civil products like cocoa. Here is where the growing popularity of bean-to-bar chocolate around the world help to develop the industry and to preserve the rarest sort of cocoa beans.
Not so long time ago the Lithuanian craft chocolate maker Naive launched its' absolutely unique concept of chocolate Nano_Lots and Colombia became one of the favourite destinations for Naive's founder Domantas Uzpalis.
So what exactly is Nano_Lot?
Nano_Lot cocoas are available on an extremely limited basis and consequently only at specific times of the year, meaning once they are gone, they are gone. Those that Naive has chosen to feature boast the highest ratings, are of rarest quantities and provide the unique tasting experience. We strongly believe that these are the world's best cocoas because of the amount of R&D given to them.
Naive's recent Nano_Lot bar is directly connected with developing rare varieties of Colombian cocoa beans. It became a series of projects that look to mitigate risks of rare cocoa extinction with supporting farmers via existing distribution channels. From fair trade practices that allow farmers to develop their practices, the ambitious plan is set to break ground soon. If successful it could serve as a model for other chocolate makers.
In a meanwhile, you can check the latest release of Don Epimaco Uolla nano bar here