Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ChocolateBet: November 5, 2008

Chocolate of the Day:

~1.2 oz. serving
Republica Del Cacao Los Rios Province
Single Origin Dark Chocolate - 75% cacao solids (bar)
Very Good +
Weight: 1.2 oz. (estimate) serving/ 3.5 oz. (100g) in total bar
Calories: 180 calories (estimate)
Cost: $5.50 (CAD) for total bar
Purchased from: SOMA chocolatemaker, Toronto, ON, Canada

This bar was made from "Arriba" cacao beans from the Los Rios Province in Ecuador.

There is an oft repeated story about cacao from this region. It goes something like this: Cacao beans had been grown in the Los Rios Province of Ecuador for many years, characterized by unique sweet and floral flavor notes. In the 1800s a Swiss chocolatier was traveling up the Guayas River and was impressed by a certain aroma.

The story is printed on this Republica de Cacao bar's label. The chocolatier was reputed to have asked workmen unloading cacao sacks from a nearby boat, where does the cacao aroma come from? They answered "de rio arriba" or "from up the river"

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