There has been for some time, and still is a growing interest and awareness of hand-crafted chocolate, drinks and skincare products made in small batches in the UK. We aim to showcase the diversity of these products, prepared to suit the British pallet, in our own traditional Ghanaian way.
We use a plethora of selected organic natural ingredients such as cassava, cacao, cola, malted barley, hops, yeast, Shea butter to name a few to create scintillating and original products. Sustainability, provenance and social consciousness are pillars to our end products.
In our atelier, working with a recipe, we tease out the interesting and unique flavours from these organic natural ingredients not caring if it is labour intensive. Our obsessive attention to detail ensures that our process is never hurried or totally abandoned to automation.
Made in small batches our products are for the connoisseur who prefers premium quality, the experience, exclusive taste and value rather than low prices. Join us in our ambition of bringing something new and exciting to the British speciality food space!
This ubiquitous poster charts the process of bean to bar chocolate making.
Equipment and chocolate-making skills or techniques differ between chocolate makers as there is no right, but only a better, way of making chocolate.
At Asantewaa Cacao our chocolates are organic, single-origin, hand made and stone-ground under different labels with a very high cacao content.
Changes in roasting profiles and conching periods are made to suit the differences between growing seasons and variations within the fermented beans.
We carefully make our chocolates to lock-in rather than refine out the natural cacao taste.
FUNCTIONAL DRINKS & SNACKS
By producing high-quality functional superfood snacks and drinks we cater for those looking for plant-based sources of protein and serving the modern, health-conscious consumer.
Working to a recipe some of our new line of functional snack and drinks will use CBD; Cranberry and aronia, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals; Acai and pomegranates good sources of antioxidants; Blackcurrant a good source of vitamins C, E and fibre: Chia, rich in lipids, proteins, minerals, omega 3 and 6, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and fibre.
When brewing we select from our arsenal of over 100 beer recipes such as the one below.
Some recipes have herbs, food-grade CBD and spices as inclusions.
-Rest at 63°C for 45 minutes
-Rest at 72°C for 15 minutes
-Rest at 78°C for 2 minutes
Step 2: Separation
Separate the wort from the spent grain with water at 75°C
Step 3: Boiling
Duration: 85 min;
after 5 min counting from the start of boiling add Magnum,
after 80 min add Aramis, Mosaic and Perle.
Step 4: Fermentation Ferment at 25°C with the recommended yeast as above
Step 5: Lagering Mature during 2 weeks at 2°C
Original gravity: 14 o PL
Alcohol: 6.5 %
Colour: 8 EBC
Bitterness: 30 EBU
We use Shea butter as a base of our natural skincare products.
“To reduce your risk of exposure to chemicals that may be linked to breast cancer, try to avoid products containing the chemicals shown here. Natural cosmetics, free from harmful substances, are readily available, or you can make your own.” For more information visit: https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/reduce-your-risk/ditchthejunk/
SO WHY CHOOSE COSMETICS WHICH ARE FREE FROM HARMFUL CHEMICALS?
Fact is, the majority of store-bought, commercially-produced beauty products come packed with artificial colours, fragrances, preservatives and stabilisers that can be easily absorbed through the skin’s pore, potentially causing a range of negative long-term health effects. Chemicals found in beauty products can be damaging throughout their entire life cycle.
One of the most significant consequences of built-up toxin exposure from artificial skin care products is a hormone imbalance. They include synthetic, patentable hormones that negatively affect the endocrine system and can impact a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility and even hormone levels in men.
When looking for skincare products, follow the same rules that you follow for a healthy diet: hunt for unprocessed ingredients, without any harsh chemicals or anything artificial!
Basically, the closer to nature the natural skin product is, the more your skin will know what to do with its beneficial ingredients in order to improve your skin health.
A few harmful chemicals that are used in store-bought washes, scrubs and lotion include dangerous parabens (used for preservatives), synthetic colours (derived from petroleum or coal tar sources), fragrance (which is associated with allergies and respiratory distress), toluene (which is also used to dissolve paint), and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SLS (which can cause kidney and respiratory damage).
All these are just a few of the harsh ingredients!
You do not have to wait until you have a negative skin condition before using natural skincare products.
Art illustration courtesy of Ghanain artist Peniel Enchill