Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Stumptown Coffee Roasters - Cold Brew Coffee with Oatmilk Chocolate - July 12, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Stumptown Coffee Roasters 
Cold Brew Coffee with Oatmilk Chocolate 
Good +
Weight: 5.5 fl. oz. (162.5 mL.) / 11 fl. oz. (325 mL) in total container
Calories: 140 calories in 1 container
Cost: $1.99 for 1 container
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Welcome to Day #11 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.

Today's Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee with Oatmilk Chocolate was manufactured for Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Portland, OR). 

This plant-based, refrigerated beverage was made with oat milk from Oatly Group AB* (Malmo, Sweden) and had a pleasant mocha and oat biscuit aroma.

The texture was relatively thick and hearty (creamy, with no oat grit). (It also contained vegetable gums that contributed to the homogenized mouthfeel.)

The Stumptown coffee was present in the aroma, but not so much in the actual flavor. The taste was more oat-y, with a mild chocolate milk flavor and a hint of warm vanilla. (The added cocoa powder had been alkalized.) 

This oat-forward chilled beverage was relatively satisfying and filling. Refreshingly, it was also not too sweet (thank you!).

Ingredients: Oatmilk (water, oats), cold brew coffee (water, coffee), contains 2% of less of low erucic acid rapeseed oil, cane sugar, cocoa powder processed with alkali, dipotassium phosphate, gum acacia, gellan gum, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, natural flavors, dicalcium phosphate.

Allergen-related information: "Vegan, Gluten Free, Low Sugar, Dairy Free" (No other information listed on container label.)

*Oatly, a Swedish food company founded in the 1990s, produces dairy alternative offerings based on oats. The company is now owned by China Resources, a Belgium-based investment group (Verlinvest), The Blackstone Group, as well as employees and other investors.

Exquisito Chocolates - Cacao Nibble, Single Origin Roasted Cacao Nibs - July 11, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Exquisito Chocolates
Cacao Nibble, Single Origin Roasted Cacao Nibs
Good ++
Weight: 3 TB (28 g.) / 5 oz. (142 g.) in total package
Calories: 175 calories (estimate) in 1 serving
Cost: $10.00 (double check) for 1 package 
Purchased from: Exquisito Chocolates, online order

Welcome to Day #10 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week. 

Today's Cacao Nibble, Single Origin Roasted Cacao Nibs were from Exquisito Chocolates (Little Havana, Miami, FL).

The aroma for these softly crunchy, fresh cocoa nibs included cacao with medium (balanced) acidity, faint green and faint roasted nut and spice (pecan, cinnamon) notes.

Flavor notes included: authentic, unsweetened cacao with mild-moderate acidity, chocolate (faintly earthy/loamy brownie), and subtle(roasted (nutty, faintly woody seed, coffee) notes. 

These nibs were well-balanced with medium complexity and no "off" notes. They were suitable for several uses, including for snacking/nibbling if you like nibs. They also would be good for inclusion in sweet or savory dishes/rubs or sauces, marinating in whiskey or spirits, or in brownies, smoothies and chocolate confections.

Note: I tasted these first (by themselves) and also used some to make an (unbaked) cocoa nib confection with them (with coconut oil, finely ground almonds, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt). 

Maker's tasting notes: "Roasted nuts"

Ingredients: Cacao beans

Allergen-related information: (None listed on package, but the following information was included in the item description on the Exquisito Chocolates website: "Cacao processed in a facility that also processes milk, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat.")

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