Chocolate of the Day
Colombian Cacao Taxonomy
(Manufactured by El Colaboratorio)
Weight: 1.41 oz. (40 g.) in total bar
Calories: 191 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $6.50 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #1 of Chocolate and Colombia Theme Week.
Today's Disidente Pina (Pineapple) Colombian craft chocolate (bar) was manufactured by El Colaboratorio (Bogota, Colombia).
Disidente creates bean-to-bar chocolates that celebrate the agricultural biodiversity of Colombia. They use Colombian-grown cacao(s)--sourced from cacao co-operatives and organizations/fermenteries in different regions of Colombia. Many bars also contain fruit and/or nut flavor inclusions.
Aroma notes for this Pina (Pineapple) bar (in order of appearance) included: chocolate (implied Criollo*), fruit, pineapple, vanilla,* cake.
Flavor notes were more chocolate-forward initially, followed by a blooming of concentrated (dried), authentic pineapple flavor that became dominant in the blend and extended into the finish. The base chocolate (from what I could tell) had mild notes of stone fruit, milk/cream,* very faint light bitter earth (although the pineapple may have influenced, or even created the latter), and very fleeting, very faint molasses/brown sugar.
The cacao percentage was no listed on the label. I thought it might be 60-65% cacao chocolate. (The current version of this Pina bar on company's website lists it as a 70% bar when I checked today.) It was hard to determine, as the pineapple added natural sweetness. (Also, if the makers used a more delicate heritage Criollo or similar cacao, and a lighter roast, the resulting chocolate might have tasted milder or lighter.)
Ingredients: Cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, cocoa butter (and pineapple pieces).
Allergen-related information: (No information listed on label.)
*There were no vanilla or milk ingredients listed in this bar. The pineapple and sugar may have evoked memories of pineapple upside down (vanilla) cake. As for the "milk/cream" notes, Criollo (variety of cacao) will sometimes have notes of milk or cream.