Hogarth Haiti is a dark chocolate that uses cacao beans from the PISA co-operative in Acul du Nord, Haiti.
Hogarth is an bean to bar chocolate maker based in New Zealand. Before turning to chocolate, Karl Hogarth worked on ships for over 20 years. Karl chose to decorate both the packaging and the chocolate’s mould with waves, to reflect his nautical background.
PISA works with an association of 1,489 smallholder farmers, 476 of whom are female. Together, they manage 974 hectares of organic certified land.
Hogarth describe the bean as ‘very challenging’ to work with, however the team’s hard work has paid off.
Hogarth Haiti won Silver at the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017 in London.
The dark chocolate has fairly low cacao percentage so as to bring out the natural flavours of the gentle cacao. The bar has a mild taste and creamy texture. The aromas are less pronounced initially but hints of butterscotch and sticky dates then come through.