We’ve noticed customers are looking to their hot chocolates with the same critical eye they turn to their coffee beans. Their interest in origin, cocoa content and flavour profiles has led to us expanding our collection, which we don’t do without very good reason. Zuma 100% Organic Cocoa gives you the freedom to create the right blend of hot chocolate for your customers. Simply mix the raw cocoa with sugar to your taste (we recommend organic, Fairtrade sugar), add hot milk and serve. Zuma 100% Organic Cocoa gives you the freedom to create multiple variations from one product and gives you the chance to experiment with different blends. For example our Original Hot Chocolate is 25% cocoa and has the same smooth, sweet qualities as a top-quality chocolate bar whereas our Organic Hot chocolate is 40% cocoa and has a more unadulterated and complex taste. You could experiment with 50% cocoa content, or even higher, depending on your palate.
Our 100% Organic Cocoa (and our Organic Hot Chocolate) comes direct from the Naranjillo Co-operative in Tingo Maria, Peru and is both organic and Fairtrade. The co-operative is made up of 5,000 farmers and their families, who’ve been running the plantation for over 50 years. Buying direct from the co-operative means better beans for you, and better prices, working conditions and terms of trade for them.
Like all cocoa, the beans have been fermented, dried, roasted, pressed and ground into powder. But this is where the process stops for our hot chocolate. Normally, the beans would be alkalised – also known as Dutched – to take out the acidity (this also gives chocolate its distinctive rich brown colour). Instead, we do nothing. This creates a natural chocolate with distinctive warm, reddish tones and a complex, malty and refined taste.
We’ve been creating our collection for over 15 years, so there’s a drink for everyone. Our hot chocolates include white, dark, double, thick, original, Organic and Fairtrade. We also make sauces and chai. We like to keep our range simple, just like our ingredients. It’s not that we’re stubborn – we just won’t compromise when it comes to taste and quality. We anticipate that the demand for higher cocoa content chocolates is set to rise and Zuma 100% Organic Hot Chocolate is the perfect product to help you deliver a tailored chocolate experience for your customers.
Zuma 100% Organic Cocoa is available now in 750g bags, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44 (0)117 953 3522 to place your order.