atest press release from those fine Nibbed Cacoa people over in sunny Kilcoole, issued on Monday, March 28th 2022…
Join Nibbed Cacao’s Open Day to learn more about the Bean To Bar process.
The Wicklow-based bean-to-bar cacao producers, Nibbed, will be hosting an Open Day to celebrate their first year in business. Nibbed launched during the 2021 lockdown, but still managed to make it onto the shelves of over 60 retailers in that time. Now they want to open the doors to their facility and welcome customers along to see how they turn cacao beans into organic cacao and chocolate.
We’ll be serving up hot cacao drinks, giving a tour of the bean to bar process and doing a raffle for some cacao and chocolate prizes, all in aid of Ukraine.
Nibbed is an organic, bean-to-bar cacao roastery in Wicklow that is all about the purest of ingredients and handcrafting in small batches, bringing chocolate back to its natural state.
The original form of ‘chocolate’ was in fact a hot cacao drink made by the Aztecs and Mayans from pods of “the food of the gods” i.e. Theobroma, which is also known as the cacao tree. Dried chili peppers were also added to the drink, for extra heat and stimulation.
The pure, bitter cacao drink that the Aztecs enjoyed centuries ago is not quite the sugary, commercialized chocolate we find in supermarkets today. However, we are seeing a resurgence in cacao and less-processed chocolate in recent times, and for good reason.
About Nibbed Founders Created by niece-aunt duo Lisa Kleiner and Anna O’Sullivan, Nibbed is born of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, when Lisa, a qualified chef with a degree in Nutrition and an MSc in Exercise Nutrition, spent much of the first lockdown in a cacao making expedition.
Once she came across cacao, she knew she had struck gold and was joined by health-nut niece Anna, who, with her background in design and wellness marketing, made the perfect partner. The more they discovered about this magical bean the more they learned about its amazing health benefits. This, coupled with its insanely good taste, inspired them to take a leap to become one of the few Irish Bean to Bar producers with an emphasis on small batch cacao products.
Hand-crafted in Co. Wicklow, Nibbed has a simple mission: to produce the highest quality, organic, natural products that are exquisitely delicious and ethically sourced.
The Range and Sourcing The organic cacao beans used to make Nibbed products come from small organic farms in the Dominican Republic that are fairly traded and sustainable, while all the packaging is compostable or recyclable.
All ingredients for all products are organic, while Nibbed activates the nuts and seeds themselves and makes their own organic orange powder.
Nibbed Cacoa’s one-year anniversary takes place at their Kilcoole HQ on Saturday, April 2nd from 11am to 2pm. Find out more here, and book your free spot here.
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