Colombia is a country bordered by Panama, which divides the two bodies of water on the northwest, Venezuela and Brazil on the east, and Peru and Ecuador on the south. Through the western half of the country, three Andean ranges run north and south. The eastern half is a low, jungle-covered plain, drained by spurs of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers, and the fertile plateau and valley of the eastern range are the most densely populated parts of the country. It’s the only country in South America to border both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Colombia is situated near the equator, at the northern tip of a continent created through millions of years of seismic activity, and it’s probably not too surprising then, that the nation is home to a range of climates; mountains, deserts, jungles, grassland and some major river systems, which drain into the Caribbean Sea, Pacific Ocean, Amazon basin and Orinoco basin, making Colombia one of the richest water suppliers in the world.
Colombia is officially recognised as a country of ‘megadiversity”, with approximately 10% of all living species in the world found here, giving Colombia one of the highest amounts of biodiversity on earth.
Colombian 85% and 100% are made from the finest native Criollo and Trinitario cocoa beans, superior in flavour to most, and carrying the highly prized Fino de Aroma classification. This chocolate is processed in the country in the capital, Bogota, ensuring it provides local employment, increased traceability, and a better sustainability model; ensuring the beans are bought from the farmers and growers rather than being traded on the stock market through middle men.
Their flavours reflect the specific cocoa variety, as well as the richness of the soil and the cocoa growing tradition of the area. The addition of only 100% cocoa butter and natural vanilla creates an intense cocoa hit, with an exotic flavour, fruity notes, and soft acidic tones, making these chocolates an experience to savour.
3 Fun facts about Colombia
- Colombia is part of the Ring of Fire, a group of countries in the Pacific Ocean vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
- Bogota has South America’s largest network of bicycle routes: over 300km stretching from slum areas and suburbs to the city centre.
- Tejo is the national game of Colombia, and it’s also a great excuse to drink beers with friends. Two teams face off by throwing iron disks from 20 metres away into a box full of clay, aiming to hit a horseshoe or metal ring. With small papers full of gunpowder on the clay, the idea is to target these “little bombs” to get more points, and make an explosion with the impact – like a firecracker. Parties of Tejo are usually free to play, and the owner makes money by selling beers or sodas.
Try our Origin Collection…
85% Colombia Dark Chocolate Bar
This 85 percent dark chocolate has a clearly defined aroma, and embodies the strong traits of a typical Colombian cacao. It’s bitter taste, accompanied by fruity, floral tones, and smooth hint of sweetness, captures the exquisite character of a Colombian dark chocolate.
100% Colombia Dark Chocolate Bar
Our 100% Colombia is best enjoyed in small bite size pieces. This dark chocolate is a worthy addition to our Single Origin collection, and is certified as a vegan chocolate.