Welcome to the new home of Brechin Chocolate! My name is Jason Brechin and I'm starting a bean-to-bar chocolate making business right here in Central Illinois.
You may have heard a similar story before. That time it was Daniel Schreiber, who launched the wildly successful Flatlander Chocolate with the help of some initial investments through a Kickstarter project called Theobroma Cacao. I was one of his early supporters, documenting much of his rise to success. Dan taught me a lot about chocolate, kindling a deep appreciation for what good chocolate can be. His sudden passing in July 2010 was a shock to all of us in the community.
His inspiration touched many people, and I want to move forward and inspire others. I'll be taking a similar path to Dan's, building my own portfolio of artisanal chocolate bars, growing into a larger operation when the time is right. It's just going to be samples and experiments for a while, but my goal is to have my own presence at the farmers' market in 2011, with retail distribution following that.
I can't do this without you, though. I'm going to have a Beta Tester program to help figure out what works best. You (assuming you're a Beta Tester) will have an early chance to try new flavors and new products. If this sounds like something you're interested in, sign up to hear how you can be a part of it.