Mast Brothers Chocolate is owned by two brothers, Rick and Michael Mast. Anchored in a nondescripd building in Williamsbourg, Brooklyn, both a storefront and the factory where the chocolate is made, their story unfolds as a page in an history book, when explorers sailed the world to source the best cocoa beams and spices. Following those adventurous jurneys, the Mast Brothers like to see their chocolate factory as a world of atlases and unknown territories, channeling their love of avdenture on which they built their brand. Stepping inside, one is greeted by jute bags freshly shipped from the four cornes of the globe, old glass jars, brick walls painstakingly restored, and cerefully wrapped chocolate bars lined up on wodden shelves behind an old counter. And to spice up, the brothers’ two long reddish beards and old-school looks bring any visitor back a few decades. They began their voyage in their apartment, using a homemade machine to process cacao beans. Over time they cultivated their creation, sourcing beans from family farms in Madagascar, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador. The brothers produce around ten flavors, from a blend of almond and sea salt to the popular salt-and-pepper bar. Each bar is handmade with incredible reverence for the process and history of chocolate. They are bound in ornamental papers and golden foil like a collection of rare books. Each bar offers its own story of flavors, and no two are exactly alike. The Mast Brothers are now planning to navigate the mighty Atlantic, sailing to the Dominican Republic in search of beans and a deeper connection with the folks who grow them.

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