Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Baiani Chocolates - Trinitarios Dark Milk 57% chocolate bar - Aug. 28, 2018

Chocolate of the Day: 

Baiani Chocolates
Trinitarios Dark Milk 57% (Milk 7%) bar
Good +++
Weight: 1.02 oz. (29 g.) / 2.04 oz. (58 g.) in total bar
Calories: 145 calories in 2 1/2 squares (1/2 bar)
Cost: $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: The Chocolate Garage, CA

Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week.

Today's Trinitarios Dark Milk 57% bar was made tree-to-bar by Brazilian craft chocolate makers at Baiani Chocolates (Brazil).

This flavorful dark milk chocolate Brasileiro bar had a smooth, fairly creamy melt, and true chocolate and milk notes. (The chocolate contained: 57% (cacao) and 7% milk.)

In the past decade, Brazil has been making a cacao comeback. In the 1980s and 1990s, a fungus decimated cacao trees in Brazil. The country had been one of the top cacao producers; and the state of Bahia (in NE Brazil, bordering the Atlantic Ocean) was at the center of production.

The owners of Baiani came from a line of cacao farmers and producers. Juliana Pinheiro Aquino remembers what happened. Cacao had become a very important fruit crop. "My father was depressed. He was very sad," she said.

Fortunately, in the last decade yields are up again in Bahia; and it is easier to find Brazilian chocolate.

Like many of the best chocolate makers, Juliana and Tuta Aquino continue to improve their craft.  (E.g., they consulted "cacao whisperer" Dan O'Doherty of Cacao Services to improve their growing and processing methods, including transforming their traditional drying area into a solar drying tunnel.)

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