Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cacao de Origen - Macuare 82% bar - Mar. 26, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cacao de Origen
Macuare 82% bar
Good ++
Weight: .5 oz. (14.1 g.) / 1.6 oz. (45.28 g.) (estimate) in 1 pouch with 2 bars
Calories: 75 calories (estimate) in .5 oz. (14.1 g.) piece
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Cacao de Origen is bean-to-bar chocolate at its most specific -- created with beans from single region and plantation, these bars are all from Venezuela (and are hard to get in the U.S.).

Chocolate experts at Cacao de Origin + Chloe Doutre-Roussel formulated this slim pair of bars (two in one package/pouch) with two ingredients: 1.) Macuare cacao beans from Arturo Samana, Miranda, Venezuela, and 2.) sugar.

This Macuare 82% dark bar was darker than most single origin bars (less sugar), and was a merry-go-round of interesting flavors. It started with an intriguing aroma -- floral, salty earth, leather. The tasting experience unfolded in a unique, complex, but balanced, way. For example, there were also some slight bitter notes, but all these flavors were somehow kept in balance. There was just the right amount of sugar -- enough to add some brightness, but not enough to interfere with or mask the complex range of dark flavor notes.

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Venezuela Theme Week.

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