November 6, 2012
It’s a beautiful thing when you find companies outside of the coffee industry putting the same level of thoughtfulness and care into sourcing their products. Learning more about the way coffee is sourced and how meticulous and holistic the process is has opened my eyes and given me an appreciation for other industries that do the same. Askinosie Chocolate is just one example.
Askinosie has teamed up with other like-minded companies in the past to work on product collaborations, including Intelligenstia, and a personal favorite, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. This past month, the team at Askinosie teamed up with Intelligentsia once again to introduce a brand-new Sipping Chocolate:
Askinosie handcrafts this indulgent drink using 70 percent single origin chocolate (made with cocoa beans directly sourced from Davao, Philippines) infused with single origin coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee. The very-small batch beverage is a new take on Askinosie Chocolate’s Intelligentsia Coffee CollaBARation chocolate bar that was released last fall.
Intelligentsia Coffee based in Chicago, Il., is Askinosie’s partner in this Sipping Chocolate based on the original CollaBARationTM bar that was released in November 2011. As with the chocolate bar, the coffee origin changes with Intelligentsia’s in-season coffee bean selection. Currently, the Sipping Chocolate features Intelligentsia’s directly sourced coffee from Agua Preta, Brazil. Like Askinosie, Intelligentsia works directly with their producers to develop exceptional coffee, and invests continuously in realizing that quality in every cup.
While these type of cross-industry collaborations are nothing new in the coffee industry, it’s always encouraging and refreshing to see.
With the Holidays approaching, this sipping chocolate is a great way to warm up and support two great companies. Be sure to get your hands on some.
Check out this great video for a peek into Askinosie and their methods of sourcing and education.
Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Mo., sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker, travels to regions of Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the OutcomeTM. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.