Thursday, January 28, 2021

Cacaoteca - Dark Chocolate 84% El Arca Dominican Republic (bar) - Jan. 28, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Cacaoteca SRL
Dark Chocolate 84% Al Arca Dominican Republic (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: .88 oz. (25 g.) / 1.75 oz. (50 g.) in total bar
Calories: 112.5 calories in 1/2 of bar
Cost: $7.50 (+ shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cacao, online order

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and ABCD Theme Week, an alphabetic showcase of chocolate terms that begin with the letters A, B, C and D, including cacao destinations and origins.

Today's Chocolate Negro (Dark Chocolate) 84% cacao en apoyo a la comunidad (in support of the community of) El Arca* de la Republica Dominica (El Arca, Dominican Republic) was from Cacaoteca SRL, a tree-to-bar chocolate maker from Miches (a northeast coastal town), with a presence in Gascue DN (Santa Domingo), in the Dominican Republic.

This ultra-dark bar had an aroma of dark chocolate with light incense floral, and very faint green spice (saffron) notes. The flavor was beautifully and deliciously approachable for an 80+% cacao chocolate. The dark chocolate flavor arc also included very light, pleasant loamy and subtle umami/savory notes. I adore skillfully preserved floral and umami flavors, and well-balanced bitterness and acidity, so I was happy.

Ingredients: grue de cacao (roasted and ground cacao nibs/cacao mass), azucar de cana (cane sugar)

* El Arca in English translates to "the rainbow." This Santa Domingo "community of peace and hope" that "embraces individuals with mental incapacities." This bar was a collaboration between this community and Cacaoteca.

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