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Nanea (nah-nay-ah) is the Hawaiian word for fascinating, beautiful, enjoyable, relaxing.
Our chocolate is grown on Kauai and Hawaii using organic and sustainable agricultural standards and practices. All processing of the chocolate from the bean to the finished bar is done on Kauai, insuring that the farmers are paid a premium for their beans. This bar is the result of many different farmers working together in a co-operative, nurturing mutually beneficial relationships. Nanea Chocolate is dedicated to propagating cacao trees, sharing permaculture techniques and processing expertise to any farmer who desires to grow Theobroma Cacao.
Our mission statement is to produce the best chocolate in the world. We believe we have accomplished this. Our primary endeavor is not only growing and producing superior quality chocolate, but in providing a secure food source to the people of Kauai, helping to create a strong independent self-sustainable island. In the next few years Nanea Chocolate will be planting enough cacao trees to supply the resident population with chocolate year round.
Chocolate is a true superfood, containing the three essential components of food: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. With the addition of macadamia nuts, coconut, and hemp seeds our chocolate provides a perfect source of nutrition to fuel our bodies and minds. Our chocolate is minimally processed and quality controlled in all aspects of the chocolate making art. Nanea Chocolate uses a stone melanger to grind the beans preserving the medicinal properties. Consequently Kauai chocolate retains extremely high levels of flavonols (antioxidants), theobromine, phenylethylamine, and anandamide.
The variety of cacao most commonly grown on Kauai is Criollo. Criollo tends to be more nutty and naturally sweeter. We mix in Forastero and Trinitario varieties to round out the chocolaty flavor and create a lasting sensation on the palate. The right combination of cacao varieties has a synergy, a total effect greater than the sum of the parts. To achieve the full potential of the chocolate flavor we ferment and roast each varietal separately. Kauai chocolate is distinguished by the local soil and pristine environment that brings out inherent genetic characteristics. We keep the percentages of cacao solids high to ensure the health benefits. The less sugar the better. Enjoy a bite and slowly savor the well-rounded, complex flavor and aroma… taste the Aloha.