The adventure began in 2015, "On the one hand we wanted a transparent chocolate factory, and on the other we wanted to add value to the city of Zurich. We have a very emotional approach to chocolate, even though we all have very different approaches." Laura Schälchli, Finn Ramseier, Zelia Zadra, Ivo Müller and Heini Schwerzenbach are the co-founders of LaFlor, one of Zurich's youngest chocolate manufacturers, based in the food and culture collective "Das Provisorium".
The name Laflor is directly inspired by the factory's home town of Zurich. Indeed, between the 14th and 19th centuries, silk was a very prosperous trade, especially black silk fabric made in Zurich. The Florhof is one of the last vestiges of this flourishing, bygone era, which gave the factory its name. Laflor wishes to maintain a link with this historic craft and offers packaging inspired by this theme.
Laflor is a manufacturer that aims to process only top-quality cocoa beans from small-scale producers. After that, the Laflor team makes its own chocolate from roasting to bar, without adding any additives, so it's a Bean-to-Bar artisan. What's more, they make a point of using cocoa from a single growing area and regional organic sugar (from Switzerland or southern Germany). All this gives Laflor chocolates a real mastery of the different flavours of dark chocolate.
Many Swiss chefs have discovered Laflor and use it in their recipes, including Marius Frehner, Ludovic Pitrel and Markus Burkhard. A conscious decision for cocoa lovers looking for quality and subtle flavours.
Colombie, Cordoba, Rio Sinu
Le cacao Rio Sinu est cultivé par la fondation Integrasinu dans le nord de la Colombie. La fondation se compose de près de 200 familles de petits paysans qui cultivent au total 432 hectares de cacao. Outre le cacao, des bananes, du riz et du maïs sont également cultivés à Rio Sinu.
Dans une station de traitement centrale, les fèves de cacao sont séparées par variété, fermentées et séchées. Les fèves sont ensuite acheminées vers l'Europe par le voilier "Tres Hombres". L'objectif principal de la fondation Integrasinu est d'améliorer le niveau de vie de la communauté grâce à la culture d'un cacao de qualité.