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As elegant as its name, Cuvée Chocolate is carefully crafted for wine connoisseurs to enjoy alongside their favourite drops.
Founded by chocolatier Deniz Karaca and his wife Kylie, this Mornington Peninsula based business produces handmade, stoneground chocolate using ethically sourced beans. Deniz and Kylie take great pride in knowing where their cocoa beans come from and that they're farmed ethically.
If you've only ever eaten supermarket chocolate you don't know what real chocolate tastes like.
I'm Dennis and I'm kylie and we're the owners of Cuvee Chocolate and we've been AAMI Business Insurance customers since 2017.
We're a small batch artisan chocolate maker that makes chocolate the old school way.
I wanted to taste chocolate like it used to taste and I couldn't find it anywhere.
The process of making Cuvee Chocolate starts with sourcing the beans. We take great pride in knowing where our cocoa beans come from and that they're farmed ethically.
We hand sort all the beans. We roast them in our custom-made cocoa roaster. We're one of the few chocolate makers in Australia that actually roast their own cocoa beans and grind them in our traditional stone grinders.
My favorite part of what we do is seeing the look on people's faces when they taste our chocolate. We put passion and love into every step along the way.
It's been a interesting year - we supply a lot of wineries and restaurants and hotels and as COVID was setting in many of them closed and things got really quiet.
We used to do a lot of classes. Now our kitchen is an open space - sometimes called the chocolate garage -because anyone can come in and, you know, try things.
We love to take people through our process. Having that social aspect taken away from the business really hit home. As challenging as that was at the time we really had a chance to step back and reassess and reinvent ourselves.
The opportunity given to us by AAMI has meant the world to our business. The chance to share our story with people and have people understand the processes and everything that goes into our chocolate bars and know that you're
doing good for the cocoa industry - you can really taste the difference and that's what we want people to know.
You can buy our chocolate from our website cuveechocolate.com.au.
Lucky you’re with AAMI.
2020 has been a difficult year for Cuvée Chocolate. Their primary partners are hotels and wineries which have not only been affected by COVID-19 but also by the harsh droughts and bushfire season. However, Deniz and Kylie are determined to keep moving and re-invent their business with virtual chocolate tastings, online masterclasses, hampers and gifting. Visit their website to try this authentic chocolates for yourself. They even boast a unique white chocolate to win over the sceptics.
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