Trading since 2017
Bean-to-bar artisan chocolate
Our new bean-to-bar chocolaterie, crafting single-origin small batch chocolate, is now open.
French trained pastry chef-turned-chocolatier Charles Lemai was travelling in Vietnam last year when he met an artisan chocolate maker. He discovered the bean-to-bar chocolate process and chocolate is now his passion.
The cacao bean comes from the fruit of the cacao tree. Bean-to-bar means the whole process, from the grinding of the cacao bean to the tempering and moulding, is done onsite. Chocolate takes centre stage here and the design of the stall creates a deeper sense of appreciation for the process of chocolate making. Visitors can watch chocolate production on a micro level – able to see the roast and conch room and the tempering before their very eyes. The space is visually descriptive of the raw process with hessian bags and timber crates, commonly used to transport the natural cocao beans, providing the overarching design narrative.
Atypic Chocolate offers delicious hand made chocolate, desserts, treats, gifts and specialty chocolate items. The range of products includes artisan chocolate in tablets and bars (dark and milk), chocolate pastries, brownies, cookies and merveilleux (mounds of crisp meringue covered in whipped cream). Decadent, European-style hot chocolate is on tap, with chocolate soft serve coming in the warmer months.
Charles sources his beans from small farms in the Solomon Islands, Haiti, Brazil and Madagascar, and he will be experimenting with many textures and unique flavours. The sweet smell of chocolate being made onsite is very hard to resist.
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