A loan of $10,000 helped purchase a temperer to increase the volume of our chocolate production.

Adam's story

I grew up in the Washington DC area where I currently live and run my chocolate manufacturing business. I studied biology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina as an undergraduate and then lived in New York where I attended graduate school and worked as a post-doctoral research fellow before returning to Washington this last fall.

I first learned about chocolate in graduate school while pursuing a PhD in plant biochemistry. I became fascinated by the antioxidant activity of Theobroma cacao (the plant that chocolate is made from) as well as the process of making chocolate. After experimenting for several years in my New York City apartment, sourcing beans from around the world and testing them in the lab, I found a way to make a chocolate that is packed with antioxidants and full of flavor.

I started working out of Union Kitchen, a kitchen incubator in Washington DC in September of last year and launched my wholesale chocolate business in December. It has been extremely helpful to work with Union Kitchen as they offer on-sight business consultation and distribution services. Tapping into these value adds I have generated sales, established a distribution network and created three jobs.

My future aspirations include growing my wholesale operation and starting a retail business integrated with our chocolate production. I would like to open a cafe attached to our chocolate factory where we will sell our products and provide tours, tastings and host chocolate making classes. Our mission is to educate people about where chocolate comes from and how it is made. In the future we also plan to lead trips to the farms where we source our cocoa beans and teach our local and regional community about the significant impact that craft chocolate can have on local economies and sustainable agriculture.

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About Undone Chocolate

Industry: Food
Years in operation: New Business
Website: undonechocolate.com


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