Farm-to-fork has had a good run. But bean-to-bar? We hear it’s the next wave of hipster-approved craft chocolate. Think, single-origin bars form Papua New Guinea and unique blends that combine vanilla and smoke. Rather than gargantuan bags of over-roasted beans in bulk, Mast kicks off their concoctions with various varietals of raw, super high-quality cacao beans.
Founded by two bearded, lumberjack-looking brothers, Rich and Michael Mast, the Brooklyn-based chocolatiers artisanal approach to beans is only matched by the Pavlovian, salivary stimulating packaging. Looking more like something that would come out of the MOMA, Mast Brothers chocolate is wrapped in a delectable array of punchy prints, polka dots, painterly splatter. A treat for your taste buds and eyeballs alike.
Insider tip: The bros give tours of their facilities, with a step-by-step, “bean-to-bar” process, exploring just exactly what influences their flavor profiles and pairings.
Photography courtesy of: Mast Brothers