The Mast Brothers

By Sarah Williams

Published: July 27, 2010 under Food

The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.

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. 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. Before they begin the next chapter, The Scout spent time with Rick and Michael documenting their story.


said at 6am
July 27, 2010

another nice one, guys. thanks for sharing.

said at 10am
July 27, 2010

This is absolutely beautiful. Incredible cinematography and story.

Mindy Best
said at 11am
July 27, 2010

There are some really unique shots in there. Everything looks amazing. Great job, guys!

caroline thaw
said at 11am
July 27, 2010

fascinating and beautifully made, delicious, thank you!

said at 12pm
July 27, 2010


said at 1pm
July 27, 2010

These documentaries are very inspiring! Amazing work!

said at 1pm
July 27, 2010

Just gorgeous. I love how all three together are not just about craftsmanship, but creative collaboration. Bravo!

said at 5pm
July 27, 2010

another stunningly gorgeous story! beautifully told. thank you.

said at 5pm
July 27, 2010

really lovely music throughout!

said at 11pm
July 27, 2010

Always impressed and inspired with these documentaries. Great job!

Brett Bryan
said at 12am
July 28, 2010

This is so well crafted, I was just drawn in. As the owner of small creative business I am refreshed by your work. Let me know if you are searching for more businesses to feature. I have been building tattoo equipment for the past 10 years. Keep up the inspiring work, godspeed.

Maria Inês
said at 7am
July 28, 2010

great video indeed and such a wonderful idea. hurray to mast brothers!

Ryan Brannen
said at 12am
July 29, 2010

and with that, the chocolate is ordered. thanks for putting this together.

said at 10pm
August 11, 2010

Sweet! We miss our neighbors! And still loving the chocolate.

said at 4pm
September 15, 2010

Very beautiful, very inspiring. (Rick and Michael remind me of my brothers - two winemakers making small batch boutique Californian wines. Their passions are so similar.) I could watch this again and again.

said at 5am
September 26, 2010

This story made my nose tickle and my heart warm up. Good luck to them! I'm going to have some chocolate now!

said at 11am
September 26, 2010

Awesome work. Gizmodo also has a piece on these guys. Your work is definitely more professional.

Jean-Pierre Ramos
said at 6am
October 17, 2010

Its brilliant! Thank you. This is inspiring me to put even more love into my shirts...

Grace Wieber
said at 11am
October 19, 2010

If your chocolate creations are anything like your personalities, then they must be sheer delights !

said at 5pm
November 13, 2010

gorgeous with a great sense of scene & honesty.

Lovely work.You should come to Oz and do one for Spoonful - hehe



carlo von sexron
said at 2pm
December 11, 2010

anyone know what is that irish song in the video? i love it.

said at 10am
April 2, 2011

how did i never see this? so beautiful and perfect. thank you.

said at 10am
April 27, 2011

Well told. I want to have a Mast Bros. Bar! So they're going deep-water (well, a bit of off-soundings probably) to the Caribbean? Let us hope the propensity for romanticizing the sea receives the anodyne of experience. To dwell too long in that place can be fatal.

Kazu Shimizu
said at 6am
March 19, 2012

I like the idea of how they make their chocolate, representing a new way of handcrafting foods. It's great if I could watch more video like their brands.

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