A World of Pure Imagination

You may think that Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory may be the stuff of movies, but we believe he's set up shop in Brooklyn. And we have proof.

We visited Raaka Chocolate — a small bean-to-bar operation in Red Hook, Brooklyn — on a relatively sleepy day, but we got to see a lot of different parts of the process. We met with one of their lead chocolate makers and followed him around while he worked with chocolate in different phases of production.  

And yes, the entire warehouse smelled like chocolate.

Chocolate being ground in large drums. The chocolate goes in as a whole bean and comes out smoothy and silky. The process is usually done over night.

Chocolate being ground in large drums. The chocolate goes in as a whole bean and comes out smoothy and silky. The process is usually done over night.

Chocolate samples in the entry of Raaka.

Chocolate samples in the entry of Raaka.

After the chocolate is ground, it's put into this machine to wait to be processed into bars. 

After the chocolate is ground, it's put into this machine to wait to be processed into bars. 

Chocolate bars waiting to be shipped out.

Chocolate bars waiting to be shipped out.

Weighing out beans.

Weighing out beans.

Chocolate being poured out of the grinding drums.

Chocolate being poured out of the grinding drums.

Scooping out every last drop of chocolate.

Scooping out every last drop of chocolate.

Semi-cleaned drums. 

Semi-cleaned drums. 

Pouring of more chocolate.

Pouring of more chocolate.

During the grinding process, the fat and sugar can separate. This machine folds it back together.

During the grinding process, the fat and sugar can separate. This machine folds it back together.

Taking bars out of their molds.

Taking bars out of their molds.

Post-molded chocolate.

Post-molded chocolate.

Adding ground espresso for their coffee-chocolate bars.

Adding ground espresso for their coffee-chocolate bars.

Raaka doesn't roast their beans, so the go from this bag to a separator, right to the grinder.

Raaka doesn't roast their beans, so the go from this bag to a separator, right to the grinder.

Musings from the team at Hook & Blade Mag.