We are delighted to have been awarded with 9 stars in the Great Taste Awards 2020, Out of 12,777 products sent in from 106 different countries.
66% Colombian, Carmen’s Farm – 2* “Its crack was satisfying but not as happiness inducing as the taste – those deep cherry notes sing in your head. You are drawn from the cherry, to the husk of toasted hazelnuts and then the finish is dry and fruity once more. An absolutely delicious chocolate.”
75% Solomon Islands – 2* “An Arabic date flavour hits after the citrus and cocoa flavours. A delicious, smooth chocolate with a dry finish that rewards those who wait.”
72% Madagascan – 2* “Fruity fresh aroma. Excellent creamy mouthfeel and good melt with the flavour profile releasing great balance with fruity, rich chocolate notes to the fore.”
66% Colombian, Yanira’s Farm – 1* “A beautiful bar of chocolate, very well tempered with a stunning shine. Creamy in texture with a complexity of flavours – easy to eat, yet deliciously rich.”
72% Vanuatu – 1* “Sweet cherry notes on the nose. Good snap. The subtle flavours of this chocolate are really clever, and you do get the fruity cherry and toffee caramel notes towards the end.”
White Casholate Matcha Green Tea – 1* “A striking looking bar. Pleasant creamy texture. We all enjoyed the delicate, slightly bitter notes from the matcha tea. There was also some considerable length.”
This is an honour for me, but more importantly, great beans make great chocolate, and all these awards are down to our brilliant farmers that we work directly with across the globe to source the finest quality cacao. I have won these awards for the farmers, as they are the driving force behind all our products, and it is so important that we celebrate them with these awards.
Something lovely Carmen messaged me a few days ago:
“This has improved our quality of life, and in addition is a great motivation for our community. It is wonderful to know that our cacao has crossed borders and is brought to life by such a prestigious company as Luisa’s Vegan Chocolates, we are very happy!”
As many of you know, I embarked on a female empowerment project with the University of Nottingham plant science department to discover the microbiology behind what exactly makes a ‘great bean’. We travelled to Colombia to investigate, using techniques such as DNA sequencing, and fed back our research to the farmers with processes they can implement into their cacao cultivation to ensure they get a good quality crop each time. For these good quality beans, they can get paid at least double the standard market rate. We have already paid 69% more!
The awards we have won are proof that using knowledge and education, we can achieve great beans and make great chocolate, AND empower farmers around the whole world!
Judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists, Great Taste is the most trusted of all food and drink awards. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to an outstanding product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting.
There were 12,777 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 205 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,294 received a 2-star and 3,818 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, cook, writer, stylist and voice of modern vegetarian cooking, Anna Jones, celebrated Spanish chef, José Pizarro, Kavi Thakrar from Dishoom, food writer and cook, Xanthe Clay, and baker and author, Martha Collison, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason and Waitrose.
For more information: visit our website www.luisasveganchocolates.co.uk