Santa Cruz, California (PRWEB) April 02, 2014
Mutari Hot Chocolate, specializing in gourmet bean-to-bottle hot chocolate, has announced the beginning of their Kickstarter campaign out of Santa Cruz, California. With increased demand in higher quality, single origin chocolate products, Mutari has its eyes set on leading the charge into the craft hot chocolate world. For Mutari, providing a finer craft hot chocolate requires a hands on approach, with each mix created from single origin beans sourced from small cacao producing communities and co-ops around the world. These ethically traded cacao beans are then stone ground in their Californian location. The founders pride themselves on this darker hot chocolate mix with cacao being the first ingredient, not sugar. As owner and operator Adam Armstrong commented, “We are hot chocolate perfectionists, connoisseurs, and enthusiasts. We really believe that chocolate should be enjoyed and shared as it has been for ninety percent of its existence as a rich, healing, organic drink.” It’s also noteworthy to mention that Mutari seeks out beans that are more than just organic and fair trade. Mutari looks to build relationships with cacao farmers and works very hard to find beans that can be ethically traded. Adam himself can claim roots in chocolate making at the source, with two years spent in Panama working with rural cacao farmers and artisan chocolate makers. Over a two year period as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Adam helped establish more economic opportunities in one of the country’s many indigenous cacao farming communities. His efforts allowed this to become one of the most successful Peace Corps projects in Panama's history.
Looking to the future, and with the conclusion of their Kickstarter campaign, Mutari seeks to steadily grow and meet the increasing demand for handmade craft dark chocolate products. There is no doubt the world is ready for and deserves a finer cup of hot chocolate. Along with some comfortable pajamas and book, Co-founder Matt Armstrong highly suggests using unsweetened coconut milk heated on the stovetop along with the Mutari Hot Chocolate mix.