Changing the world of cocoa : making chocolate with an ethical and transparent approach
Encuentro is a “Bean to Bar” chocolate factory launched in January 2018. We mainly manufacture tasting chocolate bars. This expression “bean to bar” thus distinguishes the artisan manufacturer, from the artisan “chocolatier” who melts and works chocolate already made by the former; two totally different skills.
Encuentro’s ambition is to allow everyone to discover the richness of chocolate aromas thanks to exceptional organic terroirs (Dominican Republic, Haiti, Madagascar, Guatemala, Bolivia and Reunion Island among others). All the manufacturing is done in our factory (located at the MIN of Lomme today and very soon in an old spinning mill in Saint-André-lez-Lille). We use only two ingredients: organic cocoa beans and organic cane sugar. Nothing else. Our will is to offer a natural, healthy product with a unique taste. We also want to have a positive impact on the producers and on the environment.
Encuentro is today the only one in France to offer a top-of-the-range chocolate, organic on 100% of the range, ethical and with only two ingredients (organic beans and organic cane sugar). We do not add any additives such as cocoa butter, lecithin, vanilla, etc. This choice makes the manufacturing process very complex.
These committed specifications require an unfailing rigor in each step of the manufacturing process. Self-taught, we have defined different roasting, conching and tempering profiles for each of our beans. This allows us to have an authentic taste that truly highlights the bean and its particularities.
Our activity is based on three pillars: Passion, Know-how and Ethics. Pillars that hide strong values that we could not exist without: simplicity, transparency, commitment and pleasure of course!