David Donde, the man behind Origin Coffee Roasting, has turned his attention to chocolate and created a sugar-free chocolate that only uses two ingredients – cacao and milk. Donde’s secret is once again in the roasting processes: with this unique treatment, chocolate can reach its most flavourful form without sugar, additives, soy lecithin, fructose and all sugar alternatives.
“No-one is brave enough to say ‘no sugar required’,” says Donde. “We did it with coffee in 2005 with the launch of Origin Coffee Roasting, and now we’re doing it with chocolate. The approach is simple: no bitterness in the chocolate to begin with, so no sugar needed to overcome it.”
Donde worked together with Minimalist co-founder Ken Walton and a group of passionate roasters, chocolatiers, chefs and cocktail bartenders to bring the product to life. The cocoa beans used in the creation of Minimalist are fair trade, from bean to bar, and its distinctive packaging features cut-outs that demonstrate that sometimes cutting out the unnecessary can yield beautiful results in the slab.
While the current product features dairy milk, the Minimalist team is working on an oat milk version. The brand’s extended product selection also includes Bon Bons in five irresistible flavours: hazelnut, salted caramel, Truth coffee, dulce de leche and Christmas cake