Produce Express now offers a variety of premium chocolates from Cordillera Chocolate, a fair-trade producer in Columbia. Their chocolate was specially conceived to cater to the needs of culinary professionals, and works well in both sweet and savory applications. Cordillera Chocolate combines the artisanal secrets of the best Columbian cocoa cultivations with advanced production processes, guaranteed by quality certifications. Cordillera grows, harvests and processes two types of cocoa beans, Criollo and Trinitario. These cocoa beans are known to be higher quality and less bitter than Forestero beans, which are widely used in the conventional chocolate industry. Cordillera Chocolate has a delicious flavor and aroma, high shine and soft consistency. During the conching process, the ideal conditions of whipping, temperature, and time are carefully selected to perfect the flavors and textures highlighted in the final product.
Columbia, South America is the ninth largest producer of cocoa in the world. Columbia has three mountain ranges and varied climates contributing to its great biodiversity. The acidity of Columbian soils contribute floral and fruit notes to the cocoa grown there.
Cordillera Chocolate is part of the National Chocolates Company, a leader in the beverage, candy, and chocolate coating market in Columbia since 1920. National Chocolates Company is committed to providing excellent working conditions for all its employees, guaranteeing the purchase of grain at fair prices in an effort to improve the living conditions of growers. It has promoted sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural practices, ensuring adequate control systems and production processes. The Company was named one of the nine best food producers in the world in regards to sustainability.