Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Christopher Elbow - Haiti 72% Dark (bar) - Nov. 3, 2020

Chocolate of the Day

Christopher Elbow
Haiti 72% Dark (bar) 
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.15 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.3 oz. (65 g.) in total bar
Calories: 160 calories in 1/2 bar (per label)
Cost: $9.95 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Christopher Elbow Craft Chocolate, online order

Welcome to Day #16 of Chocolate, Dominican Republic and Haiti Theme Weeks.

Today's Haiti 72% Dark (bar) was from Christopher Elbow Craft Chocolate (Kansas City, MO).

This chocolate had balanced fresh green tea (bamboo, lemongrass), goji berries and faint apple aroma and flavor notes, and was relatively "sweet" (not too bitter) for a 72% cacao bar.

Today's bar had similar aroma and flavor notes to yesterday's (Ranger Chocolate, 75% cacao Haiti Nord) bar. Cacao for both came from the same geographic region in Haiti. (Both seemed to benefit from boosting the cacao percent from 70% to a bit higher (and, by definition, reducing the sugar %), given the relatively well-mannered, sweet flavor of this cacao.)

The cacao used to make this Christopher Elbow bar was from Products Des Iles SA (PISA), in the Nord Department in northern Haiti (2017 Harvest). PISA works with cacao farmers and has helped improve cacao fermentation and overall cacao quality in Haiti, which in turn allows us to enjoy better craft, single origin chocolate(s) in the long-run (and, one hopes, enables farmers to be rewarded for higher-quality cacao). Organizations like PISA in cacao-growing countries have accomplished much in recent decades.

Maker's tasting notes read as follows: "...notes of dried fruit and roasted nuts."

Ingredients: Organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter

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