Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Chocolarder - Maleku Upala, Costa Rica 70% Dark Chocolate (bar) - Apr. 23, 2023

Chocolate of the Day

Maleku Upala, Costa Rica 70% Dark Chocolate (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight:1.25 oz. (35 g.)/ 2.5 oz. (70 gram in total bar)
Calories: 185.8 calories in 1/2 bar
Cost $10.00 for 1 bar
Purchased from: Bar and Cocoa, online order

Welcome to Day #9 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week. This week's chocolates include coffee in many forms including: brewed, ground, and whole beans. 

Today's chocolate doesn't contain coffee, but it has coffee taste or "notes"--earning it a spot in this group.

The Maleku* Costa Rica 70% bar was from small batch, craft chocolate maker, Chocolarder (Falmouth, Cornwall, England).

This dark chocolate was made using Costa Rica-grown cacao. (Producer: Nahua Cacao.)

This relatively thick bar broke with a hard snap in a cool room (67 degrees F. / 19.4 degrees C.); and it had a smooth and uniform texture, with a very slight astringency (dryness) toward the finish.

The dark chocolate was a unique blend of complex aromas and flavors. 

Notes included: chocolate (fermented cacao, mocha, ganache), faint light green, floral botanical, citrus, faint pine (faint, fleeting sweet resin), and fruit (ripe yellow/orange fruit: pureed ripe banana, loquat and sweet pumpkin), fig, and fleeting goji berry. An initial faint overripe fruit note subsided after initial detection.

Maker's tasting notes: "Rich cocoa flavours with notes of coffee, fig, and caramelised banana"

Ingredients: Cocoa beans, raw unrefined sugar.

Allergen-related information: Made in a facility that also handles tree nuts and milk.

* The Maleku are "an indigenous people who still inhabit Costa Rica..." One estimate puts their remaining tribe members at only 650. 

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