What a heavenly bar this is! The Nostalgia Chocolate Costa Rica Hacienda Azul 70% Dark Chocolate bar opens with creamy notes of chocolate torte. A flavor arc unfolds with strawberry and raspberry jam notes that transition into a final flavor of toffee, caramel and graham cracker. To sum it up in one word: YUM!
Nostalgia Chocolate has a message for you…”Slow down and savor the moment.” No wonder I love this chocolate so much!
Just north of Turrialba in Central Costa Rica is Hacienda Azul, a farm where cacao trees grow in an agroforestry system nestled within the biodiverse habitat of a jungle.
The hardy beans that comprise this bar come from six distinct genetic varietals of trees selected by a local cacao and germplasm institute. Oftentimes, when beans are disease-resistant and profuse, flavor suffers. Hacienda Azul cacao is an outlier. Here, abundance meets high quality and the resulting chocolate is a treasure.
Tyler and Tiffany Cagwin are the creative minds and makers at Nostalgia Chocolate. They are two yogis who love to travel, lead retreats abroad, sail, eat good food, and surround themselves with amazing, inspiring people.
Love led Tiffany and Tyler to chocolate. On their honeymoon, sailing down the Windward Island chain in the Caribbean, they tasted amazing chocolate from The Grenada Chocolate Company and it changed their lives forever. A beautiful seed was planted in Tyler’s mind and a few years later, it became clear to him that he was meant to be a bean-to-bar chocolate maker.
He began learning how to make chocolate from scratch and has been mentored by one of the finest chocolate makers and teachers I know, Mackenzie Rivers of Map Chocolate.
While devoting himself to his new craft, Tyler was inspired by simpler times when handmade was the rule rather than the exception. The name “Nostalgia” came to life for Tyler and Tiffany and brought with it a vision for the company. Their ethically and sustainably sourced cacao supports farmers while it encourages us, as tasters, to smile, savor the moment, and connect with one another on a deeper level over delicious chocolate.