Monday, April 20, 2015

Arete - Brasil 70% dark bar - April 20, 2015

Chocolate of the Day: 

Arete Fine Chocolate
Brasil Fazenda Camboa 70% Organic Dark Chocolate bar
Very Good
Weight: 1.1 oz. (31.13 g.) / 2.2 oz. (61 g.) in total bar
Calories: 165 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #13 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Weeks.

Arete Fine Chocolate (Milpitas, CA) is a relatively new entrant to the bean-to-bar chocolate scene in the San Francisco Bay Area. The owners, David and Leslie, have been working to perfect their chocolate for some time, and started selling their bars earlier this year (2015).

I was able to pick up two Arete bars, made from Brasil Fazenda Camboa organic cacao beans, from The Chocolate Garage, near where I live.

These two Arete bars were made with the same beans (from the same large farm or plantation in Brazil), yet were created with different roasts and percentages, yielding noticeably different results in terms of flavor profile.

Today I'm featuring their 70% dark roast bar; and tomorrow I'll try the 75% medium roast bar. I've learned a lot about the complexities of chocolate (and roasting) by eating two similar bars like this side-by-side. I highly recommend doing so if you're interested in learning more about how chocolate is made.

Today's 70% darker roast bar had a pleasant chocolatey, almost fruity aroma. The flavor profile: malty, well balanced fruit-acid, nutty. Very nicely done. 
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