Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt met in 2004 and within the year knew they wanted to travel the world together, or at least start off with a chunk of it. During those months of backpacking (with a duffel bag full of books and an accumulation of battle scars), they kept each other up under reed roofs and in rain-drenched shacks dreaming big, vague dreams. In time, they came back, hunkered down, got married, worked hard for good causes, had a kid and then were expecting another when they remembered those big and vague dreams. Feeling like their entire future hinged on this, they quit their jobs and whisked the family off into the jungles of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, as soon as their second child was born.
And the family of four sweltered in a fecund jungle. It was beautiful. It was challenging. It was liberating. It was also home to cacao. They met local chocolate makers using that same cacao to make dark chocolate that was intense, unadulterated & pure –nothing like the sweet flatness we at home think of as chocolate. Deciding to return to Atlanta, they trained with the local chocolate makers, now friends, and came home to create Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate (“chock-oh-LAH-tul”), a chocolate micro-factory in Atlanta where we could make dark chocolate free of fillers and unnecessary ingredients but full of flavor.
“With gratitude to the people and place that inspired us, we hope our chocolate brings you the same sense of contentment and adventure from which it originally came. *Xocolatl is the original Nahuatl word, spoken by Olmecs, Mayans & Aztecs, for chocolate, which was first consumed as a sugarless drink made of ground cacao, water & spices. “Xocol” meant bitter & “atl” meant water.”