Monthly Club Tasting Notes

We are pleased to showcase bean to bar chocolate from:
A. Morin, Auro, Tobago Estates, French Broad

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. 

Triangle Roasters (USA) Nicaragua 70% is made with cacao beans grown by farmers from the North Central Mountains of Nicaragua who have been harvesting cacao for generations in the rainforest. This particular co-op of farms is making great strides in developing gender equality in business and community leadership and is using the growth of their cacao farming to create opportunities for their families they did not have before like electricity, roads and schools. While Triangle is a new maker, we've been very impressed with their skills in roasting, and the breadth of their chocolate offerings.

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