Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Auro Chocolate - Paquibato Origin 70% Dark Chocolate bar - July 10, 2019

Chocolate of the Day: 

Auro Chocolate
Paquibato Origin - 70% Dark Chocolate bar
Good ++ - Good +++
Weight: .875 oz. (25 g.) / 3.5 oz. (100 g.) in total bar
Calories: 145 calories in 1/4 bar (per label)
Cost: $ missing information
Purchased from: Chocolate Covered, San Francisco, CA

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Island Nations Theme Week.

Today's 2017 Paquibato* Origin 70% Dark Chocolate bar was made "in country," by Auro Chocolate (Calamba City, Laguna, Philippines). That is, this chocolate was made in the Philippines using cacao grown in the Philippines.

The makers at Auro are aspiring to create fine chocolate from the Philippines; and because they're relatively close* to where the cacao is grown (not usually the case for chocolate makers), they can work more directly with cacao farm cooperatives/farmers to help develop desired flavor profiles for their chocolate.

Today's chocolate had a dark chocolate, green forest and tart red fruit (plum, berry) aroma and flavor with faint earth and black pepper notes,

The bar broke with a hard snap and had a balanced sweetness. (Let the fruit do the work, not the sugar, and a conservative amount of sugar will make the fruit sparkle a bit.)

*Paquibato is located in the Calinan District, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines. Auro Chocolate's Davao City location (and the Malagos Chocolate Museum) are located not far from here. 

However, more to the point, Auro Chocolate (Laguna) sources cacao from coops/farms, including: the Subasta Integrated Cooperative in Calinan, Fardecosa Cadalian in Baguio District, and the Paquibato Tree Development Cooperative—likely the source for today's Paquibato bar.

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