**NEW SOURCING** We are super stoked to offer you our newly sourced organic Ecuadorian Cacao Paste!
Our cacao paste is made from the highly prized fine flavour Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional criollo cacao bean. Our paste is always certified organic, fermented, non-hybrid and now lightly-roasted to bring out the deep, powerful, chocolate flavour characterized by a blend of earthy nutty notes.
The beans are hand-selected, fermented and dried to perfection. The skins are removed from the cacao bean prior to grinding then ground into a liquid, tempered, cooled into a solid form, and kibbled for ease of use. Our cacao is clean and pure, and does not go through a “Dutch” process nor alkalized in any way. Giddy Yo Cacao Pasteis low temperature processed from start to finish to maximize quality and taste while maintaining nutritional integrity.
Our Ecuadorian partner harvests fully mature ripened pods from trees grown in mineral-rich volcanic soil. They work directly with farmers (aka direct trade) and developed and implemented the Native Cacao Farming Initiative, which is an ongoing free education and training program for the cacao harvesters and processors. It is important to us that the Ecuadorians responsible for creating this amazing food are well taken care of, and it is also our goal to source clean, pure, nutritious cacao of the highest quality possible. We lab test each lot of raw materials to ensure the high standards our customers have come to expect are met or exceeded.
Food safety is of primary importance and we are happy to share with you that our Ecuadorian partner holds the following certifications; Organic, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Kosher, Halal, Non-GMO, FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certified, ISO 9001:2015, GMP, BRC Certified. Further steps have been taken to ensure the cacao is non-irradiated and common allergen-free.