Chocolate of the Day
Oaxacan Espresso 70% dark (bar)
Good + - Good ++
Weight: 1 oz. (28.3 g.) / 2 oz. (57 g.) in total bar
Calories: 155 calories (estimate) in 1/2 bar
Cost: $9.00 (plus any shipping) for 1 bar
Purchased from: Srsly Chocolate, online order
Welcome to Day #14 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.
Today's Oaxacan Coffee Espresso 70% dark (bar) was made from bean-to-bar by Srsly Chocolate (Austin, TX).
Aroma notes for this (Dom. Rep. cacao) chocolate included: chocolate, chili pepper, faint mole spice, and even fainter coffee.
The dark chocolate had a slightly granular astringency (that could also have been part of an authentic stoneground texture choice) and a slightly fruity (acidic red berry) flavor that meshed well with the faint roasted coffee and pepper flavors.
An uptick in rich, almost smoky (BBQ) spicy chili heat began its ascent about mid-way through each mouthful, tickling the throat on the way down.
This four-ingredient, wild bunch bar conjured up a flavorful southwest experience. And the bold, layered complexity of the cacao, chipotle (smoked and dried jalapeno) chili peppers, and coffee made it a good wake-up chocolate.
Maker's tasting notes: "Smoke and fruit dominate the beginning. A warm, complex coffee and chocolate middle note that gives way to a spicy finish..."
Ingredients: Organic cacao, organic cane sugar, coffee, chipotle pepper
Allergen-related information: "Made in a facility that also processes milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and wheat."
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