Tosier Chocolatemaker

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Tosier is a new bean-to-bar craft chocolate,
hand-made in small batches.

Our chocolate is made using the highest quality, sustainably-sourced cocoa beans to ensure the farmer gets a fair share.  The natural goodness of the cocoa is retained by roasting at low temperatures using only three ingredients cocoa beans, unrefined cane sugar and cocoa butter.

Tosier Chocolate is made using single origin cocoa beans in six kilo micro-batches so we only make a limited number of bars from each harvest.

 

 

Our Beans

Alto Beni Cacao, Bolivia - 2016 harvest

Warm notes of dark cherry, blackberry and rich coffee

This cocao grows in the Alto Beni region of Bolivia and is grown by a cooperative of 500 small-scale farmers for whom cocao is their primary source of income. The beans are collected, fermented and dried by the Alto Beni Cocao Company who are committed to revolutionising the Bolivian cocao industry by sustainably increasing production, introducing quality control and by directly connecting the cocao growing communities with chocolate makers and buyers.

 

Maya Mountain Cacao, Belize - 2017 harvest

Delicate notes of caramel, pineapple and honey

Maya Mountain Cacao was founded in 2010 with the mission of improving Belizean farmer livelihoods by directly connecting smallholder farmers to the specialty chocolate industry. Within three years, MMC became the largest exporter in the country. Today, the company works with over 300 cacao farmers, most of them Q'eqchi' and Mopan Maya that speak their own languages in addition to English. MMC has grown farmer incomes by 20% and farmer children’s school attendance by 85%. Still, a staggering 69% of the local indigenous Maya community live at or below the regional poverty line. Cacao in this region is grown all organically. 

 

PISA, Haiti - 2016 harvest

Velvety notes of fig, tart cherry and lightly roasted nuts

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Produits Des Iles SA (PISA) is a new cacao processor and exporter in Haiti's North. PISA entered the cacao market in order to introduce improved post harvest handling practices, and real competition, into a market previously plagued by poor quality and low-paying middlemen. Today, PISA works with an association of 1,489  smallholder farmers, 476 of whom are female. Together, they manage 974 hectares of organic certified land. Their cacao boasts a delicious combination of fig, tart cherry, and lightly roasted nuts

 

Tumaco, Colombia - 2017 harvest

Rich nutty and floral notes with fruit undertones

When Cacao de Colombia first explored the region back in 2011, they found cacao everywhere; drying on any flat surface farmers could find, including the road. The sheer volume of cacao was overwhelming, and the opportunity for quality and systemic improvement was obvious. Cacao de Colombia has worked with three community cooperatives to introduce centralized processing and drying. Because of the introduction of centralised processing and Cacao de Colombia's expertise in high-quality flavour development, farmers today earn 70% more income from cacao today than they did when selling dried beans to the commodity market supply chain

 
 
 

“I set out on a personal journey to learn how to make my own bean-to-bar chocolate”

DEANNA TILSTON  |  CHOCOLATE MAKER

 
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My Journey

Tosier Chocolate was created by me, Deanna Tilston.  I’m passionate about real chocolate and through periods of living abroad have enjoyed exploring different styles of chocolate. Once I discovered the amazing taste and benefits of real chocolate I set out on a personal journey to learn how to make my own bean-to-bar chocolate.

I have always loved making things by hand and my decision to learn how to make chocolate was a combination of hard work, trial and error and beginner’s luck.  My first attempts tasted good and this encouraged me on to learn more. To improve my understanding of the theory and context of chocolate I took Ecole Chocolat’s bean-to-bar course  and later a hands-on course with Chloe Doutre-Roussel and Marie Fernanda Di Giacobbe. I travelled to the US to buy the equipment I needed - this was the point of no return!

Tosier chocolate is handmade by me in my dedicated chocolate kitchen - sorting, cracking, winnowing, grinding and conching the chocolate in  six kilo batches. Making on this small scale enables me to keep a close eye on every stage of the process and produce the best quality chocolate.

Provenance and traceability are important. Tosier is part of a transparent supply chain which ensures that farmers get a fair price and which creates a meaningful impact for the cocoa-growing communities.

 
 
 

The Bean to Bar Making Process

 

 

 

 
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