Willie is the only small cacao grower and producer in the UK. He has been farming cacao for more than a decade at Hacienda El Tesoro, his farm high in the mountains of Venezuela.
Willie’s Cacao bars are made from beans selected by Willie from the very best cacao regions around the world. Our bars are all single bean origin of exceptional quality, each bar representing the natural flavour of the region. Like fine wine the beans will take their flavour from the soil in which they are grown.
Willie’s beans are traditionally roasted in his chocolate factory in Devon, England using 100-year-old machinery to produce an authentic, individual pure cacao and chocolate bars. The machines may be smaller and slower than today’s modern machines, which are made for speed and commercial profitability, but they capture the subtle notes and unique flavours of the cacao in a way the modern machines are unable to do. After fermentation roasting is the next most important stage in developing their unique flavour and aroma. High quality beans don’t need heavy roasting, so Willie lightly roasts his in 60-kilo batches for 20-30 minutes. The beans are then winnowed, ground and refined in a stone mill and then conched before reaching the final tempering stage. Lastly, the bars are wrapped and packed at the factory.
Willie’s Cacao produces two types of bars: a range of dark chocolate bars and a range of 100% cacao bars.