Friday, November 13, 2020

Cacaosuyo - Cuzco 80 Dark Chocolate 80% Cacao (bar) - Nov. 12, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

(Produced by Theobroma Inversiones SAC)
Cuzco 80 Dark Chocolate 80% Cacao (bar) 
Good ++  
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $4.25 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Peru Theme Week.

Today's Cacaosuyo 50% Cacao Piura Milk (bar) was produced by Theobroma Inversiones SAC (Lima, Peru). 

The company offers chocolate made "in-country" using cacao fruit/beans grown on lands in Peru that overlap with the "Four Suyos"* or Four Regions of the ancient Inca Empire. These areas have a rich cacao history spanning several centuries.

Today's 80% cacao dark bar is the second of four conveniently sized (single-serving) different Cacaosuyo bars featured this week. It was made in country, i.e. in Peru with cacao beans grown in the Cuzco region of Peru. 

This chocolate had an interesting aroma with grape, green, and subtle fermentation and earth notes. The bar was relatively thin, allowing great access to the texture and flavor. The chocolate had a creamy melt and mouthfeel and smooth texture. And some of the faint green notes carried over into the flavor. For an 80% chocolate, this had an appealing, very balanced bitter and sweet quality.

The maker's tasting notes read as follows: 

Ingredients: Cacao paste (Theobroma cacao L) and sugar

*The Four Suyos refers to Incan empire Tawantinsuyu's Four Suyos (similar to counties or regions) that surrounded Cuzco: Antisuyo (east, forest/wild area), Chinchaysuyo (northwest), Contisuyo (west) and Collasuyo (south). The Empire at its heydey occupied most of Peru, and parts of what is now Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

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