East Van Roasters

East Van Roasters took home one silver and one bronze at the distinguished 2019 International Chocolate Awards World Final, which took place on Nov. 18, 2019, in Antigua, Guatemala. This respected bean-to-bar social enterprise is owned and operated by the PHS Community Services Society and received two awards in the flavoured dark chocolate ganaches or truffles category. The Cranberry Spruce, made with juicy pâte de fruit on top of spruce-infused ganache, won silver and the Cardi C, a cardamom and coffee-infused ganache with a crunchy feuilletine, earned bronze.

“Our chocolate is made from bean to bar in a collaborative effort, and all of our recipes are developed by our team, led by our amazing head chocolatier, Gizelle Pare,” explains Shelley Bolton, East Van Roasters manager and chocolate maker. “All of us at East Van Roasters and the PHS are very proud of this achievement.”

The International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition that recognizes excellence in fine chocolate making. Submissions from chocolate makers and chocolatiers around that globe go through a rigorous multi-level judging process. Products are first entered into national competitions, then those winners are judged over four days during the Grand Jury round, with finalists going on to the World Final.

These two prestigious awards add to East Van Roasters’ growing list of accolades—this craft chocolate maker was honoured earlier this year when all five of its submissions received recognition at the Canadian competition in September. Earning a total of seven awards, East Van Roasters took home one gold, three silvers, one bronze and two special category awards. Its single-origin Lachuá, Guatemala and Pangoa, Peru dark chocolate bars also received honours at the Americas competition in June.

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