Friday, June 4, 2021

Luisa Abram - Rio Jurua 70% Brazilian Amazon wild cocoa (bar) - June 4, 2021

Chocolate of the Day

Luisa Abram 
Rio Jurua 70% - Chocolate de Cacau Selvagem da Amazonia Brasileira (barra)
(Jurua River 70% - Chocolate from the Brazilian Amazon wild cocoa (bar))
Good +++ 
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 213 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $12.00 (+ shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order 

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

Today's award-winning Rio Jurua 70% Brazilian Amazon wild cocoa (bar) was made by Luisa Abram (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The company specializes in bean to bar chocolate made with wild cacao from the Amazon. 

The cacao used to make today's bar came from far inland of the Atlantic coast, in western Brazil along the Rio (River) Jurua--a river (with origins in the mountains of eastern Peru) that runs north through the Brazilian states of Acra and Amazonas. 

The aroma of this wild cocoa chocolate was subtle yet complex with fruit (goji berry, Inca berry), tea (orange blossom, floral oolong tea), herb (lemon balm), faint spice (saffron), vegetable (roasted potato) notes.

The flavors in this fruity, floral smooth dark chocolate included orange blossom and floral, fruit and honey; and very faint, fleeting vegetable/potato chip and brown sugar notes in the finish. This single origin dark chocolate was relatively low in acidity and bitterness making it very approachable as well as flavorful.

The sweetness level itself was also complex. Natural floral and fruit notes (and the absence of bitterness) in the cacao and the organic sugar elevated the perceived sweetness to a pleasing level.

The maker's tasting notes read as follows: "Flowers in the form of chocolate. Sweetness rises to pitanga and lychee. Reminds (reminiscent of) crystallised fruits. It ends with perfumed caramel."

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, organic cane sugar and cocoa butter.

Allergen-related information: Does not include gluten ingredients. Made in a facility that processes/May contain traces of milk, Brazil nuts and tree nuts.

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