Monthly Club Tasting Notes

We are pleased to showcase bean to bar chocolate from:
Cacao Hunters, A. Morin, Auro, Chocolate Story

Cacao Hunters (Colombia) Sierra Nevada 64% is a bean to bar maker in Colombia that works with local farming communities to showcase chocolate different terroir in the country. Cacao Hunters goes above and beyond to help empower local farmers and educate them on different techniques and sustainable farming practices. Colombia has a variety of heirloom cacao varieties, and Cacao Hunters works to preserve the unique flavors from each origin. This Sierra Nevada bar has hints of red berry, citrus and a touch of cinnamon.

A. Morin (France) Equateur Esmeralda Noir 70% is from a 4th generation chocolate maker in Donzère, France. They have spent year cultivating relationships with their cocoa producers and farmers to create their line of single origin chocolate bars. This chocolate is made with a unique cultivar grown exclusively in Ecuador known as Nacional. This chocolate is floral, spicy and has hints of green nuts.

Auro (Philippines) Reserve Saloy 70% is crafted from a reserve collection of beans of a single estate. Auro has three Reserve bars from three local Filipino estates, Saloy, Tupi and Paquibato. The Saloy estate is located between tropical mountain forests, with fresh spring water flowing through its lush farms. This 2018 harvest had complex tropical and berry fruit with notes of bergamot and cherries. 

Latitude Chocolate (Uganda) Semuliki 70% is the go-to at the end of a long day cocoa-first, dark chocolate with hints of panela, fig and browned fruits. Latitude Craft Chocolate is a vertically integrated social enterprise, producing specialty cocoa and craft chocolate at origin in Uganda. When we say ‘made at origin’ we mean it – Latitude buys, ferments, and processes raw cocoa at facilities near the farms before it goes to their own chocolate making factory in Kampala. Latitude Craft Chocolate works with over 2,000 contracted smallholder farmers (50% female) to source freshly harvested organic certified cocoa in Western Uganda.