We are a husband and wife duo that started making chocolate from home a few years back. We love chocolate obviously but we were more intrigued with the history of chocolate. We had both individually taken a few courses focusing on Mesoamerican history before we had ever met since we were anthropology majors, but when we met chocolate became a recurring conversation (because chocolate is awesome!).
Whenever we bought chocolate we would look at the ingredients, and my husband would say "why do they have to add so much crap to chocolate?" We thought maybe we could start making our own chocolate during our free time, so we made the decision to start buying small equipment to make chocolate as we experimented with all types of cacao beans and whole ingredients.
We were home-based and making micro batches, so we were usually giving away chocolate to family and friends (sorry you weren't our friend at the time). As we learned more about chocolate, we read a lot on our own, researched and made trips to delve into the chocolate world.