Sunday, April 23, 2023

Atypic Chocolate - Cafe Latte Coffee Chocolate (bar) - Apr. 22, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Atypic Chocolate
Cafe Latte Coffee Chocolate with Milk (bar)
Good ++
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.47 oz. (70 g.) in total bar
Calories: 203 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 (sale) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

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

Today's Cafe Latte Coffee Chocolate (bar) was from Atypic Chocolate (Melbourne Market, VIC, Australia).

Aroma and Flavor

Aroma is a big part of taste. Aroma notes for this coffee milk chocolate bar included: hearty roasted and freshly ground coffee, dark milk chocolate and a double espresso coffee latte/mocha. 

Certain aromatic flavors, like vanilla and some floral/spice notes contribute to overall taste in a chocolate bar. Their smell permeates and uplifts the tasting experience.

Roasted and fermented coffees and cacaos are not delicate florals.* Yet the interplay between these two strong, yet harmonious, aromas and flavors is half the fun.

The coffee aroma of today's bar was strong and seductive with faint roasted earth, aromatic wood and red berry notes--which then undulated into bold/dark cacao milk chocolate flavors. The interplay between these strong, harmonious and overlapping flavors** was half the fun.

This chocolate really captured the smoothness of a creamy milk chocolate, and the seductive aromas and flavors of a double espresso caffe/cafe latte. It was flavorful, balanced, relatively complex, and not too sweet (thank you!). This was chocolate worth savoring slowly, and enjoying any time of day.

Ingredients: Coffee beans, cacao butter, organic cane sugar, Australian milk powder, sunflower lecithin. 

Allergen-related information: Contains milk. May contain traces (of) gluten, tree nuts. 

*Although if you have the chance to be in a coffee plantation when the small ivory-colored coffee flowers blooms, do it. The smell is pure floral perfume heaven.

**Both grow within 20 degrees of the equator and both are some of the rare foods that are both fermented and roasted. Cacao came originally from the Americas, and coffee from north Africa. Traders spread them both far and wide in past centuries. I'm grateful they met up.

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