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Coconut & Cocoa Nib Granola

April 23, 2017
Julia Andreas

Spring has slowly weaved its way into the heart of DC – the bright green, rainy afternoons, and the stunning floral gardens have replaced the chilly mornings of our not so cold winter. And boy am I grateful. Spring is one of the most enjoyable seasons in DC, if not the most beautiful. When I think of Spring I […]

Education

Chocolate Making Series Part 1 – The Art of Cocoa Fermentation

April 7, 2017
Julia Andreas

When we think of chocolate, what comes to mind is usually the rich, roasty, and creamy flavors of a dark chocolate bar, or the buttery sweetness of milk chocolate. But chocolate doesn’t start out tasting like ambrosia, on the contrary, as a cacao bean, actually a seed, it is unbearably astringent and bitter – good […]

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Harper Macaw’s 2016 Conservation Impact

March 29, 2017
Sarah Hartman

A central part of our mission at Harper Macaw is rainforest conservation, which we achieve by building a sustainable supply chain and donating a portion of bar proceeds to help protect the beautiful biome that provides our main ingredient, cacao. The proceeds we donate fund the expansion of rainforest reserves, which are then perpetually protected […]

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Pimp my Cocoa

March 14, 2017
Julia Andreas

Growing up, the quickly cooling weather and short days meant only one thing: hot chocolate season was upon us. As soon as winter struck with all its windy, chilly and dreary days, the only thing I ever wanted to drink was a scalding mug of watery hot cocoa straight from the packet. Topped with whipped […]

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The Splendid and Vivacious Hyacinth Macaw

February 20, 2017
Julia Andreas

Big, blue, and beautiful – the Hyacinth Macaw is only one of many types of parrots that call South America, particularly Brazil, home. With striking cobalt feathers and contrasting yellow rings around the eyes and beak, these birds are certainly eye-catching but little is actually known about them publicly. We know that they are the […]

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Why Love and Chocolate Go Hand in Hand

February 13, 2017
Julia Andreas

I think it’s safe to say that you can’t have Valentine’s Day without chocolate. That would be like Thanksgiving without turkey, or Halloween without candy – unthinkable. But have you ever stopped to ask why we give the people we love anatomically incorrect heart shaped boxes filled with chocolates? Or why chocolate is synonymous with […]

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For the New Years Resolution: The Health Benefits of Theobroma (and Chocolate)

January 20, 2017
Julia Andreas

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the final stretch of the holiday season! The New Year has arrived filled with new promises, hopes, opportunities and, of course, resolutions. These resolutions are usually made in the best interest of our health but, quite honestly, are forgotten with the vestiges of the previous year. But this year, I’ve […]

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The Agrias Claudina Butterfly

December 14, 2016
Julia Andreas

Strong clear patterns and vivid patches of color on their wings make these Agrias Claudina butterflies, part of the genus Agrias, a sight to behold. These butterflies, native to the rainforests of South America such as the Amazon in Brazil, are distinctive in their beauty. Their wings are decorated by patterns of red, blue, black, […]

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Tiny & Unforgiving: The Poison Dart Frog

November 19, 2016
Julia Andreas

You’ve heard of the phrase “If looks could kill,” right? Well in the case of the Poison Dart Frog it’s looks, specifically its cobalt blue color, tell it can kill. Like its name suggests, the Poison Dart Frog, scientifically known as Dendrobates Tinctorius, secretes a venom from it’s skin that most predators find distasteful if […]

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Vegan Spelt Cinnamon Rolls with Dark Chocolate and Fig Filling

November 10, 2016
Julia Andreas

I love figs. When summer begins to fade and fall peeks from around the corner you can find me in the thick of farmer’s markets, up to my elbows in apples and squash, checking every produce stand for the delectable teardrop shaped fruits. Why? Well, figs have a very short produce season, so I try […]

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The Jaguar

October 19, 2016
Julia Andreas

  Lithe, beautiful, and strong these big cats are regarded as the bravest and fiercest of animals whose cautious, wise, and proud disposition made it the ruler of the animal world – move over Lion King and make room for the America’s largest feline, the Panthera Onca. The Panthera Onca, more commonly known as the […]

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Citrus Sandwich Cookies filled with Mocha Ganache

October 18, 2016
Julia Andreas

It’s come to that point during DC summers when the sunshine and sea shores have lost their luster and I find myself craving the cooler embrace of Autumn. Crackling fires, big sweaters, hot cocoa – Autumn is the season comfort and cozyness. It’s also the season when warmer flavors begin to emerge, such as caramel, […]

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A Spark of Gold in the Rainforest Canopy

September 27, 2016
Julia Andreas

The golden lion tamarin, also known as the golden marmoset, graces the cover of our 74% Atlantic Forest dark chocolate bar from our Rainforest Collection with it’s bright golden fur and small, delicate face. And by having the small monkey appear on our packaging you can assume that, like the other animals on our packaging, […]

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Dark Chocolate Dipped Pear Popsicles

September 13, 2016
Julia Andreas

In the midst of this DC heatwave it’s hard to not crave something cold, sweet, and refreshing. Ice cream is always an option, but not always the healthiest choice. And even if you choose to tackle making ice cream yourself, you have to remember to freeze the mixing bowl a full 24 hours ahead of […]

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Brazilian Flair Chocolate Sorbet

August 24, 2016
Julia Andreas

Simone Biles, Katie Ledecky, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps. These names should sound familiar – in fact, it’s hard not to hear these names. Plastered on newspapers, praised on TV, these athletes or only a few of the thousands that have gathered in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. With the games being held in […]

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No-bake Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Bites

August 12, 2016
Julia Andreas

When you use Google services, you trust us with your information. This Privacy Policy is meant to help you understand what data we collect, why we collect it, and what we do with it. This is important; we hope you will take time to read it carefully. And remember, you can find controls to manage […]

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Our Kind of People – Interview with Mark Wales of Kill_Kapture

July 29, 2016
Julia Andreas

Ambitious. That is one word I would use to describe Mark Wales. Inventive, driven, and enthusiastic also make the list since Wales is not the kind of man that can be summarized in one word. And how could he be? This Australian native lives a vocational double life. Working with the consulting firm McKinsey & […]

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Chocolate and the Military – Quite a History!

July 22, 2016
Julia Andreas

When the fourth of July peeks its head around the corner (armed with sparklers, american flags, and patriotism) chocolate is not the first thing that comes to mind. Normally, you don’t think of chocolate as an Independence Day dessert; maybe as something enjoyed on sunny summer days in the form of ice cream, or as […]

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Our Kind of People – Interview with Pum Lefebure of Design Army

June 29, 2016
Julia Andreas

Have you been following America’s most recent political campaigns? Or (like me) have you only paid minimal attention to the red-and-blue fiasco that has every news station and radio channel wrapped around its partisan pinky? Well, no matter your political preference, Harper Macaw’s new collection of chocolate bars has one for every party. From Red […]

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Auntie Knows Best

April 17, 2016
Sarah Hartman

It’s always fun when we hear stories from our customers of successful recipes they’ve made using our chocolate. It’s especially fun when that feedback comes from one of our founder’s aunts (Colin’s) who adorably specified the use of “organic” milk and butter and suggested we add this to our blog. Not only does Missy master […]

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Beyond Its Packaging: Questioning A Chocolate Bar In Today’s World

April 17, 2016
Michal Matejczuk

We eat it while waiting within the grocery line, we mold it into different circus-like designs, and even spread it across the widest part of a plate knowing that it will be impossible to eat. My question to all those chocoholics out there in the world, “Do you know where this chocolate is coming from?” During my initial […]

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Make Every Bunny Happy

March 22, 2016
Katie Yen

With Easter fast approaching it is easy to expel all one’s energy on the dinner menu. You’ve bought the baked ham and made the parker house rolls. Aunt Sue and Uncle Matt are bringing the asparagus and deviled eggs, while Cousin Jim is famous for his scalloped potatoes, and Grandma Becky’s got the fruit salad. […]

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Chocolate Science – Keeping your Temper

March 16, 2016
Amanda Greene

  A good temper can make or break a fine chocolate (and I’m not talking about disposition). Tempering is the process of precisely controlling the temperature of chocolate as it cools and hardens to achieve the best shine, color, snap, and texture. Perfectly tempered chocolate has a uniform shine and color, a good firm snap, […]

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Cocoa Nibs – Your New Favorite Garnish

February 25, 2016
Katie Yen

Harper Macaw fans: we have heard your requests! In the following blogpost you will find many fun and unique possibilities for using our cocoa nibs. As we didn’t want to lead you astray with any faulty recipes, we tested out the one that seemed the most challenging (read: delicious) to ensure that you would have complete […]

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February 14th – 8. Me – 0.

February 12, 2016
Katie Yen

Valentine’s Day: the phrase itself invokes quite a few different reactions depending on who you’re speaking to. Many people brush it off as a commercialized holiday where you get overpriced mediocre meals at fancy restaurants. Other people, of course, enjoy the chance to celebrate love or something to that effect. I do not claim to […]

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Bite Me: A Pairing Menu of Local Provisions & Concoctions

January 27, 2016
Sarah Hartman

Indulge your senses while enjoying some local DC love. Curated and hosted by Harper Macaw, DC’s new chocolate factory in Northeast, this incredibly unique collaboration pairing of local eats and drinks includes 15 local makers and purveyors in a 4 course fixed pairing menu.     Local purveyors include Atlas Brew Works, Baku Beverage, Capital […]

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An Entrepreneur’s New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2016
Sarah Hartman

“Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they’re making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that’s the difference.” Lou Holtz If there is one thing I have learned over the past 5 months as a de-facto entrepreneur it is that my life, as I […]

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The Ultimate Holiday Chocolate Recipe Guide

December 21, 2015
Sarah Hartman

We have seen over a dozen Holiday Gift Guides out there this winter. Therefore, instead of adding more items to your already confused train of thoughts, we decided instead to give you a little help with choosing your desserts for this holiday season. Here are four extraordinary recipes for you to hone your mad chocolate scientist skills […]

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Chocolate Ganache Peppermint Pops

December 15, 2015
Katie Yen

“As a child I always loved when Christmas came around for many different reasons; the possibility of snow, decorating the tree, the excitement of opening stockings and unwrapping gifts. But one of the things I would enjoy long before and long after the holidays were over was a cup of peppermint hot chocolate with a candy cane. This was […]

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Harper Macaw Grand Opening Event

December 8, 2015
Sarah Hartman

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Chocolate: Loved but Misunderstood

December 5, 2015
Colin Hartman

Chocolate is one of the most loved but misunderstood food products. Compared to current knowledge within the coffee industry (growing, roasting, and brewing) it’s fair to say that we know little about chocolate and even less about cacao, the tree whose fruit is chocolate’s main ingredient. At Harper Macaw we are just starting our journey […]

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Harper Macaw Proudly Joins DC’s Emerging Food Scene

December 5, 2015
Katie Yen

Washington DC has always been known for its history, politics, free museums and, of course, the Washington Monument. In short, it hasn’t always been considered as rousing as a larger city like New York or LA. Within the last ten years, however, it has become a destination not only for history-loving tourists, but for foodies […]

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The Essence of Caring For Nature

December 5, 2015
Sarah Hartman

One of the greatest misconceptions about conservationists is that we place the importance of nature above the importance of humanity. For radical conservationists that may indeed be the case. However, for most of us it is a matter of paying attention to what we see, learning about what is happening in our natural world, and […]

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