Sunday, January 6, 2019

Shattell Chocolate Organico - Bitter 70% Cacao Tumbes bar - Jan. 6, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Shattell Chocolate Organico
Bitter 70% cacao - Cacao Tumbes bar
Good - Good +
Weight: 1.2 oz. (35 g.) / 2.4 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 206 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $5.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: (online order)

Welcome to Day #3 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's Bitter 70% cacao - Cacao Tumbes bar was from Shattell Chocolate Organico* (Lima, Peru). And like other Shattell bars featured this week, the cacao used to make the bar was grown in a specific region within Peru.

It's notable, if not obvious, that the chocolate was made "in-country" (i.e. in the same country where the cacao was grown ), as this is rarely the case for the chocolate we buy in the U.S. and Europe.

Tumbes, located on the coast in the NW of the country, is one of 10 cacao growing regions in Peru—a country with diverse micro-climates and elevations ranging from coastal areas just meters above sea level to highland, mountainous regions. This week bars are being featured from several of these regions.

This 70% organic, dark chocolate had a complex aroma and flavor—with notes of dried fruit, spice, nuts, and a faint trace of fruit acid/vinegar.** This Tumbes bar had a relatively pleasing taste during middle and end, with a very slight astringent after-texture.

*This week's Shattell Chocolate Organico bars were produced and distributed by Qulinaria Peru S.A.C.

**The faint, fleeting fruit vinegar note seemed to dissipate later in the day, after the sealed, inner packaging had been open for awhile and/or when the bar was eaten with/after other food.

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