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    Cold Brew Coffee with a Kick

    I finally got around to stopping into one of the best local coffee roasters in Tucson. I first stumbled upon Exo Roast Co in Edible Baja (a local foodie magazine) a few years back. This was before cold brew coffee was part of the common vernacular it is today. They were ahead of their time, pioneering the coffee movement in Tucson. Fast forward to today and cold brew is now center stage, at least in the hot southwestern desert. The product that caught my eye was none other than their Chiltepin cold brew. There are only 3 ingredients: chiltepin pepper, dark chocolate, and cream. This beverage might be a little spicy for your average…

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    Small Batch Chocolate

    What is small batch chocolate? Ask anyone who is in the industry and they will each tell you a different answer. We have many things we both agree and disagree in practice, but in reality we share more similarities than differences. We all share a similar vision of fashioning and bringing into existence something better and more in tune with Nature. Making chocolate is no small task. Somedays I wish I was a chocolatier, but I know I am only fooling myself. I have to honestly say this is the hardest endeavor I have thus far pursued in life. I foolishly thought at the onset this would be a quick easy task and take no time at all to learn. It…

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    Arizona Craft Chocolate

    Can you find local craft chocolate in Arizona? Tree-to-bar, Bean-to-bar, Seed-to-bar, Farm-to-bar? Yes. Phoenix and Sedona are at the top of the list. We surprisingly have a handful of artisans spread throughout the state. I will make every attempt to keep this list up-to-date, but I will also need your help, so feel free to email me for anyone I might be missing. PHOENIX: Stone Grindz: First authentic artisan chocolate maker in Phoenix that stone grinds all their chocolate in-house Origins: Ecuador (Camino Verde– company verifies heirloom genetics of cacao plants) Organic and raw ingredients Nutwhats: Established confectioner since 1999 focusing on nut confections and single origin bean-to bar-chocolate Origins: Dominican Republic, Ecuador,…