Friday, May 7, 2021

Mirzam - Dark Chocolate Tanzania 100% (bar) - May 7, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Dark Chocolate Tanzania 100% Kokoa Kamili (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.46 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 193.6 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $13.75 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

Welcome to Day #8 of Chocolate and Tanzania Theme Week.

Today's 100% Dark Chocolate Single Origin Tanzania bar was from Mirzam Chocolate Makers /Kakaw Manufacturing Co., LLC (Dubai, United Arab Emirates).

The company offers a line of confections and chocolate bars with ingredients with connections to historic Arab trading/spice routes. (The first sailing route(s) from Oman to Tanzania can be traced back seven centuries.)*

This chocolate, made using Kokoa Kamili** cacao, had a very subtle aroma with faint baked bread/chocolate croissant and a barely there tropical fruit (kiwi + cucumber) note.

The single-source, single-ingredient chocolate had an even melt and smooth texture, a uniform deep roasted cacao flavor, and a balanced, sophisticated bitterness. 

This Mirzam unsweetened, ultra-dark chocolate did not have the sweetness or bright red fruit notes that other Tanzania (Kokoa Kamili) bars (with sugar) had this week; however, it did feature roasted, wood notes--and citrus (grapefruit, lemon) in the aftertaste.

Ingredients: Cocoa beans

Allergy-related information: "May contain traces of dairy, nuts and gluten." "Vegan"

*Early Omani traders would have been trading spices, ivory and other goods in Eastern Africa (present day Zanzibar/Tanzania, other nations) centuries before cacao arrived there from the Americas. The first cacao trees arrived in West Africa, and eventually spread to other growing regions further east.

**Kokoa Kamili is a centralized cacao fermentery (in the Kilombero Valley, in the State of Morogoro, in East/Central Tanzania) that pays hundreds of local cacao farmers a premium for their "wet" cacao beans, and helps ensure high-standards for a final product that can be shipped to chocolate makers. 

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