Qantu Chocolate (Canada)

Bean-to-bar Chocolate Delivery | Qantu Chocolate

This story begins ten years ago in Cusco, Peru, two young travellers, Elfi and Maxime, meet by chance and the flame ignites instantly... This flame is transported to the world of cocoa in 2014 during their first visit to a plantation, Alto El Sol in northern Peru, where this immense passion and pride of cocoa farmers has shaken up the course of their lives. By doing research on cocoa, they discover the chocolate made from beans to bars by small artisan chocolate makers. It was a complete surprise, the flavours, as powerful and different from one bar to another, amazed our two future chocolate makers. The idea then begins to grow, Elfi comes from a cocoa-growing country, Maxime from a chocolate-consuming country, 1 + 1 = 2… It was in the summer of 2016 that the dream came true, the farmers selected, the small equipment purchased, and the first import of cocoa beans on the way. The magic can begin. Even if the first bars are not quite magic, the efforts pay off as the first three Qantu bars were awarded two gold medals and one silver medal at the Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, UK, in June 2017. But why the name Qantu? It is a strong symbol for Elfi and Maxime. Symbol of unity and hospitality, it is the name of the national flower of Peru and Bolivia. Like the place where they met, this flower is native to the Peruvian Andes. The word Qantu comes from the native Quechua language and is pronounced 'Kantu'.

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