How chocolate is born from bean to bar

Erica Gilmour and her husband, Drew, started Hummingbird Chocolate after careers working overseas in International Development. Hummingbird is one of a handful of bean-to-bar chocolate makers in Canada, crafting chocolate from cacao beans from scratch. Hummingbird focuses on ethically sourcing finest quality cacao beans and highlighting their natural, unique flavours. Hummingbird has won numerous international awards, including the Golden Bean for best in competition from the Academy of Chocolate in London, UK.

Erica will discuss the process of crafting chocolate from scratch, showing some of the ingredients and equipment used in their Almonte factory. She will explore the natural flavour profiles of cacao beans and lead a chocolate tasting of single origin bars.