Chocolate of the Day
Rio Cassipore 81% (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1.4 oz. (40 g.) / 2.8 oz. (80 g.) in total bar
Calories: 255 calories in 1 small bar (1/2 package)
Cost: $11.00 for 1 package of 2 small bars
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order
Welcome to Day #12 of Chocolate and Brazil Theme Week. This week has included five bars made entirely in Brazil, with cacao grown in Brazil.
Today's Luisa Abram Rio Cassipore (Cassipore River) 81% chocolate was made by the Abram family (Familia Abram Banks Ltda., Sao Paolo, Brazil).
Like yesterday's 70% version of this Rio Cassipore wild cacao chocolate from the same maker, today's 81% sibling came packaged with two individually wrapped smaller bars, which I really liked. This choice allows chocolate lovers to better share chocolate with others and/or to save some for later while keeping aroma and flavor notes intact.
Both Luisa Abram Cassipore River 70% and 81% cacao offerings had a similar (just-opened) aroma of bold dark chocolate with tart peaty, subtle green, and dark chocolate (roasted cacao nibs) notes.
Interestingly the texture was slightly less creamy, but felt smoother and lacked the bit of astringency of yesterday's 70% version.
Both bars were low in bitterness. And, as with yesterday's 70% bar, after about 20 minutes, the aroma (and flavor) in this 81%er mellowed. The dark chocolate notes softened (more subtle nut and faint baked brownie was revealed). And the green and woodsy, acidic (peat) notes dissipated, making this a relatively friendly, approachable 80%+ dark chocolate.
Ingredients: "Wild cocoa mass, organic cane sugar and Amazonian cocoa butter."
Allergen-related information: Gluten free. "Made in a facility that handles milk and nuts."