Amano Artisan Chocolate
|Art Pollard, Clark Goble|
Amano Artisan Chocolate is an American bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturer based in Orem, Utah. Amano’s award winning chocolate bars are made in small batches on vintage equipment, which allows the artisan chocolate maker to control and observe flavor development during each stage of manufacture. Amano’s chocolate making has evolved from Italian and French confectionary techniques. The company employs high proportions of cocoa (70%) in their chocolate, using bean from South and Central America as well as Africa and Oceania. The factory is located at a higher altitude than most other chocolate factories in the world(Orem, Utah: 4,774 ft / 1,455 m). The company claims that the high altitude affects flavor development during conching, and aids in the development of the taste of the chocolate. Amano is kosher-dairy certified by the Denver-based Scroll K kashrus agency.
Amano Artisan Chocolate was founded by Art Pollard and Clark Goble in 2006, in Orem, Utah. The company holds to a quality-over-quantity vision. This affects not only their production and marketing, but also the relationship they share with suppliers. Amano, though not Fair-Trade Certified, pays its suppliers nearly double the Fair-Trade standard (over triple the London Cocoa Terminal Market price). The company has expanded its chocolate production in recent years[when?] to supply a variety of bars, nibs (culinary ingredients), truffles and other confectionary.
Amano is distinguished as being the first American company at the Academy of Chocolate Awards to claim a Gold award, for bean-to-bar dark chocolate. Renowned Italian chocolate manufacturer Amedei is a fellow recipient of the Gold award in the bean-to-bar category. In 2009 Martin Christy, founder member of the Academy of Chocolate and editor of SeventyPercent.com, named Amano as one of the top eight bean-to-bar chocolate companies in the world. Amano is the only American company to make Christy's list.
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