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Dylan Butterbaugh

Manoa Chocolate
Chocolate Maker, Owner
Dylan Butterbaugh is the Founder and Chocolate Maker of Mānoa Chocolate Hawaii, a bean-to-bar craft chocolate factory located in Kailua, Oahu. In Hawaiian language, mānoa is a descriptor meaning, "thick, solid, vast; depth" and refers to the depth of flavor and complexity found in dark chocolate. Mānoa Chocolate Hawaii specializes in crafting single-origin and dark milk inclusion bars by sourcing premium cacao beans from the Hawaiian islands and around the world.Butterbaugh was exposed to chocolate production at the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture where his friend was researching the crop, theobroma cacao. Through the processes of micro-ferments, roasting and tempering, he became fascinated with the craft of transforming cacao beans into dark chocolate and launched the company in 2010 with a focus on ethical sourcing and high quality local manufacturing.