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In Collaboration with Casa Cacao

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Continuing our long-standing partnership with the Roca brothers, The Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is a collaboration with Jordi Roca and Casa Cacao to bring the worlds of chocolate and whisky to life. 

The Harmony Collection Rich Cacao is the first release in a series exploring the world of sustainable packaging. It brings together innovative techniques with materials from the natural world at the end of their life, to see them reborn with a renewed purpose. 

 

Casa Cacao

In 2020, the Roca brothers opened Casa Cacao, a hotel and chocolate factory in central Girona, Spain, the same town as their three Michelin star restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. Led by pastry chef Jordi Roca, Casa Cacao comprises 15 hotel bedrooms, a chocolate workshop, chocolate shop and chocolate factory.

The Macallan Whisky Maker Polly Logan travelled to Girona to visit Casa Cacao, and she immersed herself in the world of chocolate, exploring their chocolate-making process and learning about the distinctive flavour profiles. 

Discover the Collection

Working in collaboration with Jordi Roca, acknowledged as one of the best and most creative pastry chefs in the world, and with exceptional chocolatier, Damian Allsop, I went on a journey of discovery, learning of the craftsmanship, passion and creativity which goes into making chocolate.

Polly Logan The Macallan Whisky Maker

Meet Jordi Roca

Jordi Roca is the youngest of the renowned Roca brothers; heirs of a long-standing family tradition and legacy that led them to create El Celler de Can Roca. Named the ‘World’s Best Pastry Chef’ in 2014 by Restaurant Magazine, he has a passion for making sweet dishes. 

Jordi learned his craft from British chef and Master Chocolatier, Damian Allsop, who taught him the foundations needed to become one of the world’s most creative and distinguished confectionary experts.   

Jordi Roca at Casa Cacao for the Harmony Collection

Collaborative Creativity

Curiosity has always been key to the brothers’ collective spirit and sense of adventure. Although their approach aims to go beyond what has been seen before, their inspiration is often founded in the stories and experience of different places, people and cultures; transformed to reflect a unique Roca perspective on the world of cuisine and the cuisine of the world.

Jordi Roca wanted to create his own chocolate; he delved into research and traveled to the plantations, to get to know the people and the communities, and there he got to know cacao. He learned about the lifecycle of cacao, the people involved , and how to help sustain it. 

As Casa Cacao roast and process the cacao beans, they are left with kilos of peeled cacao skins. Struck with the question of what to do with it, Jordi and Damian were inspired to turn this excess into paper, to wrap their chocolate bars in.

Cacao is more than just chocolate. It’s like a glass of fine whisky, it can transport you to places you didn’t know even existed.

Casa Cacao

Chocolate and Whisky Pairing

Just as Whisky Maker Polly Logan was inspired by the chocolate she tasted at Casa Cacao, Jordi and Damian were inspired by the Harmony Collection Rich Cacao to create chocolate that would pair perfectly with this unique whisky.

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