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Monthly Club Tasting Notes

We are pleased to showcase bean to bar chocolate from:
Puchero, Duffy's, Chocolate Story, Mission Chocolate

Puchero (Spain) Ecuador Finca Gareth 55% is one of the sweetest dark chocolate bars we've ever featured. This mild chocolate with nutty notes, and tropical fruits is made with Arriba Nacional cacao grown by the Cedeño Aguilar family in northwest Ecuador. The Cedeño Aguilar’s family educates their workers to improve technical and quality skills, and transfers know-how to neighboring farms. The cocoa is grown in agroforestry, without any pesticide and with organic fertilizers only, which avoids land use conversion to monoculture plantations. Puchero is a coffee roastery and chocolate maker based in the outskits of Madrid.

Duffy's (United Kingdom) Honduras Indio Rojo 72% is another mild bar to contrast the Puchero one. While higher in cocoa content, this bar has a sweet taste of currants, tangy orange and a raisin & coffee aftertaste. The maker rarely gets these beans in stock - only 25kg some years - and always looking for more. This is a complex chocolate that almost crosses the line towards savory.

Chocolate Story (Poland) Grand Cru Ghana 70% is a classic 70% cocoa chocolate from Ghana. The cocoa from here is not known for its acids or extensive taste experience, but for classic chocolate flavor without too much fuss. Chocolate Story is Poland's first bean to bar chocolate maker. The pair of founders, Krzysztof Stypułkowski and Tomek Sienkiewicz worked fromer jobs in IT before deciding to start Manufaktura Czekolady. They have grown their team and manufacturing, and work with many cocoa origins and ingredients to bring a line of craft chocolate. A hand-made and small batch producer that focus on the real, natural and authentic taste of high-quality cacao beans.

Mission Chocolate (Brazil) Vale Potumuju 70% is a chocolate bar made with beans from a single estate farm in the Atlantic Rainforest in Bahia Brazil. Managed by Tuta and Juliana of Baiani Chocolate, these beans are sourced and coveted by makers all over the world. Arcelia, the founder of Mission Chocolate has been empowering communities in Brazil with her chocolate making and putting a spotlight on Brazilian cacao.

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