Are you a guilt-ridden gourmand? Do you suffer from food production awareness? Bitterveld is your chocolate rebel haven.
After earning rave reviews for his Berlin-brand homemade chocolate sold at In’t Veld, the erstwhile shop on Helmholzplatz, and writing Chocolate Rebels, a book exposing the ugliness of the cocoa business, Holger in’t Veld has gone all-ethical, fully organic and 100 percent fair-trade. In November 2011, he opened Bitterveld, a shop where all the goodies are made from Granada cocoa, known for its strong, deep taste, and pure, nutrient-retaining coconut blossom sugar (€6 per 100g-sheet).
If you’re a raw foodie with a sweet tooth, Bitterveld’s got your back with raw beans (they’re usually roasted), bars and nibs (unprocessed chocolate). And rebel rugrats are covered too: there are baggies of alphabet- and animal-shaped chocolates for the wee ones, though In’t Veld stresses this isn’t your typical crappy kids’ treat.
Temporarily located in a small ice cream shop in P-Berg but no doubt headed for bigger pastures, Bitterveld is the protest chocolate for connoisseurs.