About OCHO } The Otago Chocolate Company
At OCHO, we believe that chocolate is something you can and should feel good about. Craft chocolate is delicious, healthy and sustainable. Good for the growers, makers, and eaters alike.
Right from the beginning our philosophy was to source all our cacao beans from farmers in the Pacific Islands. Today, we still visit our suppliers and ensure they're paid a fair price for their beans. The beans are shipped directly to New Zealand and then every step of the hands-on bean-to-bar process is done under one roof at our small factory.
It turns out that making real chocolate is pretty simple - you need cacao beans and sugar, and something to refine them in. Our dark craft chocolate is still only made with two ingredients, the production is still hands-on, and we are constantly testing and tasting to make our chocolate better. Beans are hand sorted before being roasted, winnowed, refined and conched, then tempered and moulded into bars and finally wrapped for chocolate lovers to enjoy.