Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Akesson's - Bali Sukrama Farms 75% bar - Feb. 10, 2016

Chocolate of the Day:

Akesson's Organic, Ltd.
(Single Plantation Chocolate)
Bali - Sukrama Farms, 75% Trinitario Cocoa
Good ++
Weight: 1.06 oz. (30 g.) / 2.12 oz. (60 g.) in total bar
Calories:  172.5 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $N/A - part of a subscription 
Purchased from: Cocoa Runners (subscription)

Today was Day #8 of Chocolate and Some Enchanted Islands Theme Week. As often happens when we have too many chocolates to fit into a seven-day week, we're including a few bonus days. Chocolate weeks are just more abundant.

All of our island bars featured this week have been single origin bars. Akesson's Organic, Ltd. (Notting Hill, London) goes one step further with single plantation bars.

Akesson's relationships they've built with individual plantations (such as those owned by the Sukrama family in Bali)*, help to assure desired characteristics from tree to bar.

This award-winning** 75% Trinitario Cocoa dark chocolate bar had a subtle aroma, smooth melt and texture, bold but well-balanced and even dark chocolate flavor, a very faint five-spice blend note, and a relatively clean finish.

Tasting notes: "...This bar has a masculine bitterness and expressive notes of spices."

And now we say Selamat tinggal (goodbye in Indonesian) to Bali. Next stop will be: Vietnam.

*Akesson's also has an ownership stake in plantations in Madagascar and Brazil.

**This Akesson's Bali bar was a Bronze 2014 European Chocolate Awards and Great Taste 2014 award winner.

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