Fine-flavour Dark Chocolate from Grenada
From cocoa grown on our family-run farm
We are a family of cocoa farmers and chocolate-makers
The very first edition of L’Esterre chocolate has been decades in the making. Since 1949 the Ramdhanny family has grown cocoa at L’Esterre Estate in Grenada, having never tasted the resulting chocolate from their homegrown cocoa. That all changed in March 2021 when the 4th generation of the Ramdhanny family made their very first chocolate bar. From that moment they realised their cocoa was seriously flavourful. They knew they had to do something about it.
And so they did.
How we do things
Our diverse cultivation of trees and agricultural crops intercropped with our cocoa trees captures carbon from the atmosphere, putting it back into the soil where it becomes food for plants. Stronger soil regulates air and water underneath, encouraging a continuous fresh water cycle. This means no nutrients and water are lost through soil erosion, maintaining resilience in our local ecosystem.
This method of growing is more biologically productive, our soil is continually enriched and nutritious, achieving higher yield and healthy, thriving crops.
After the cocoa harvest, fermentated and and properly sun-dried, the cocoa is sorted at L'Esterre Estate before being taken to our friends at Crayfish Bay to be processed into cocoa nibs.
The nibs then make their way to the UK, where Bobbie grinds, conchs and hand tempers each and every chocolate button from her cottage in the Cotswolds.
This approach is the first step in a wholly-owned supply chain. No middle man. It starts with us and ends with you.
As we are a small, home-grown start up, we are consistently looking for ways to improve. If you have any feedback please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram
First cultivated in Grenada in 1714, cocoa has taken to Grenada's favourable climate like a fish to water. Our nutrient-dense volcanic soil results in a fruity, flowery cocoa bean.
We grow largely Triniatario with a small amount of Criollo. This allows us to achieve maximum flavour and quality potential.
Flavours vary from harvest to harvest but the persistent tasting notes that have come through are berry, deep citrus and caramel with a buttery satin mouth-feel.
The beating heart behind L'Esterre is the Ramdhanny family. Well ingrained in the Grenadian community, the family's roots on the island can be traced back to 1857, coinciding with the arrival of Indian immigrants to the country. Learn more about our journey here.
Our family values extend beyond the bloodline. For more than seven decades, our tight-knit team of friends, farmers, gardeners and cooks have made us who we are today. Active members within our community, we prioritise local employment, benefitting the wider region.