Bar: Camino Verde Ecuador 73%
Maker: Cloudforest Chocolate (Portland, OR, USA)
Price: $6.75/35g (Sugar Pill in Seattle, USA)
Munch Factor: 8/10
Ingredients: cacao beans, organic cane sugar, organic cacao butter.
Appearance: small square white packaging with a real dried cacao tree leaf seen through a large hole cut into the center of the packaging. It’s quite lovely. The inner packaging is a textured gold & silver foil and the bar is a smoothed square with their tiny butterfly logo in the corner.
Aroma: weak notes of cocoa & light fruits.
Melt & Snap: hard melt & hard snap.
Flavor: muted fruitiness hits for a second and then a deep cocoa spreads, coating your entire mouth. Finish is short and vaguely fruity— after reaching the given tasting notes on the back of the bar I agree that it’s guava-like.
Complaints & Complements: the attention to detail in cloudforest’s bars is noted and appreciated. This bar in particular is a very smooth bar, lacking in tannin or bitterness, and overall very pleasant and minimally complex. As an Ecuadorian bar, it would be a great example of the mild qualities in a nice single-origin bar. Note that I managed to eat the entire bar within an hour of opening it. Oops.
Context: in my classroom before lunch. It’s a little cool.
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