Known as one of the most exquisite fine chocolate companies in the world, To’ak crafts chocolate like you’ve never tasted before. Sourcing their cacao from family-owned organic farms in Piedra de Plata, a valley deep in the hills of the province of Manabí in Ecuador, they use the world’s oldest, most valuable and prized cacao variety, Ancient National.
Believed to be extinct, To’ak co-founder Jerry Touth found the last surviving Ancient National groves and established a rainforest conservation foundation called Third Millennium Alliance in the heartland of Ecuador, to help preserve this most historic cacao variety. They are one of the few tree-to-bar chocolate-makers in the world. Their work starts on the farm, paying the farmers the highest price per pound in the industry—up to 700% above the local farmgate price and ends with a bar of chocolate.
Since then, the Ecuadorian company feels about their pure cocoa the same way as the French province of Burgundy feels about their wine - it is sacred. And like French wine, every year, To’ak releases a single Harvest edition—an expression of the unique growing conditions of that particular harvest year. Their aim is to sustain these aged flavors for generations to come and make the world aware of how valuable this certified organic and fair trade type of chocolate is.