Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cemoi - Dark 72% Ecuador bar - July 8, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Cemoi Chocolatier Francais
Nature - Dark (Noir) 72% Cocoa Ecuador (Equateur) bar
Good - Good +
Weight: .7 oz. (20 g.) / 3.52 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 120 calories in 2 squares
Cost: $1.49 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #4 of Chocolate and Ecuador Theme Week.

The Nature Dark Chocolate 72% Ecuador bar from Cemoi Chocolatier Francais (Perpignan, France) was made with certified organic cacao from "selected plantations" in Ecuador.

In fact, all the ingredients (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter and "natural vanilla flavor") were Certified organic -- i.e., everything except the sunflower lecithin.

This chocolat noir bar had a smooth, uniform dark chocolate flavor profile with enough bitter, earth and slight smoke tones to make it interesting.

Was this chocolate made from CCN-51 cacao? (A significant amount of cacao from Ecuador now comes from this more robust hybrid.) It was hard to tell. This chocolate lacked the delicate floral or fruit notes present in some Ecuador (Arriba) chocolates; but it also seemed similar to other bars I've been sampling from Ecuador in the past several months.

Higher-volume chocolate companies strive for consistency, and this bar was balanced with no sharp or off notes.

And, at $1.49 for 1 bar, it was a good value, and certainly worth tasting.

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