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Labooko Peru Criollo Cuvee 82%

Labooko Peru Criollo Cuvee 82%

Weight: 70 g

Regular price $8.50
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Reasons to Love

Bean to Bar

Bean to Bar

Direct-Source Cacao

Direct Sourced

Family Owned

Family Owned

Woman Owned

Woman Owned

Maker Notes This is an amazing chocolate made of Criollo beans which count to the world most aromatic cocoa beans. Zotter purchases this cocoa from the Peruvian farmers from Aprocap where they also add white "Porcelana" Criollo beans resulting in a top class chocolate with a cocoa content of 80%.

Ingredients: cocoa mass°*, cane sugar°*, cocoa butter°*. °= Organic (100% Organic)

Manufactured on equipment that processes tree nuts, peanuts, milk, sesame and soy.

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Certified Fair Trade

Fair Trade

Organic-Certified Product (USDA/EU)

Organic++

Manufactured in a facility which also processes dairy"

Trace Dairy

Manufactured in a facility which also processes peanuts

Trace Peanuts

Manufactured in a facility which also processes soy

Trace Soy

Manufactured in a facility which also processes treenuts

Trace Treenut

Organic refined sugar or alternative sweetener, and no animal products (ie defacto vegan)

Vegan+

Gluten Free

Gluten Free

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Maker

Zotter

Zotter was started by a husband and wife team in 1987. They have made many strides over the last decade tucked away in a picturesque rolling hills landscape of Austria. Zotter is the only company in Europe that uses all organic and Fair Trade ingredients. They also have sustainable business practices, using solar and geothermal energy to run their entire production facility, and use packaging made from renewable sources. Zotter's philosophy has garnered them many awards both for their business success and chocolate making. They are a family business that adhere to family principles. This allows for a plethora of creative freedom to create fun and exciting chocolate bars. Zotter first produced their "hand scooped" bars with couverture from Valrhona and Callebaut but always dreamed of making their own chocolate, and in 2006 this became a reality. We feature Zotter's Labooko line of chocolates, that feature cacao sourced from all over the world. Zotter has the largest line of chocolate in the world with over 450 different chocolate in their range.

Cacao Region

Piura, Peru

Piura is a department of northwestern Peru, bordered in the north by Ecuador and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Several rivers run through the province from the region’s mountainous zones, serving to keep the coastal plantations naturally well-irrigated and productive year-round. The region is the second most-populous in the country, responsible for roughly a third of Peru’s annual petroleum production, as well as a significant amount of its mining. Similar to the rest of the country, much of Piura’s agriculture relies upon commercialized crops, such as sorghum, rice, corn, and yucca, though an increasing amount of native criollo cacao is being cultivated throughout the region.

Cacao Estate

APPROCAP

APPROCAP, or the Asociación de Pequeños Productores de Cacao de Piura, is an association of cacao producers in northern Peru. The 200+ farmers in the association are dedicated to the growing of fine flavor cacao varietals native to the region, which is just a few hours south of the border with Ecuador. Their farmers’ land sizes average just 1 hectare, and as a community, they’ve committed themselves to caring for their land under the principles of agroforestry. This means that farmers grow food at every level of the forest, in a way native to the region and which brings them consistent income throughout the year, as well as protecting against climate change issues that arise due to single crop farming.

Cacao Strain

Porcelana

Porcelana; the name is Spanish for “porcelain,” a reference to the stark white color of the seeds borne in their small, pale green pods. Porcelana is one of the cultivars of the the Criollo group. Porcelana is perhaps one of the best-known ultra-rare cacao varietals, only grown in a small region of Venezuela and Colombia. It’s become one of the most prized and expensive cacaos in the world thanks to its near complete lack of bitterness and delicate chocolaty flavor.

Customer Reviews

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Pamela
I'll try anything Criollo

The rarest and most fragile of cocoa beans. Ever since another well-known company discontinued their Palmira (Criollo) bar, years ago,
I've been on the hunt for worthy replacements. This bar is actually two bars in one package that opens like a book to reveal hand-wrapped
chocolate with that distinctive Criollo flavor (or, in this case, with the addition of the Porcelana, which is a variation). Has an almost "raw" texture and flavor, as in
minimally processed/tampered with; it's whole essence feels small-batch and lovingly created. Earthy and deep, it melts slowly on the tongue.

This is a young company that I'm happy to support...

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E. R.
Full-flavored but delicate criollo

I loved this bar, definitely one of the best Peru bars I have tried. The high cocoa percentage is really nice as it lets the flavor come through strongly, but the criollo cacao is so mild and sweet that there is hardly any bitterness. Excellent!

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Gayle
Worth the wait!

It took some time for my nose and palate to "warm up" to this bar. After a taste - smell - taste - smell, I finally was able to pick up on aromas and flavors. I get a very strong cherry/raisin aroma. The flavors are very creamy for what I anticipate in a higher percentage bar. The texture is smooth. I do get some tart and sour notes that are not unpleasant, but I can't pick out grapefruit or lemon. I like sour and tart so I am not put off by the flavor. Once the sourness passes on the finish, I get a lingering toasty brownie nut flavor that is nice. My goal is to transition my collection to higher (>80%) bars and this is promising. I think it may be a staple in my stash.

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caterina
Labooko Peru Criollo Cuvee 82%

One of my favorite Labooko bar! Mild and luxurious mouthfeel. It's abundant and warm. It's bitter but like a 60% or 70% unsweetened dark milk bar. Yes, it has a fresh milk cream sublime notes. No acidity or strong fruity notes. The roast nutty profile shows up followed by berry flavors, raisins, black olives, and lemon. The pungent flavor profile of this bar shows up later well balanced by the raisin biscuit light sweetness. Aftertaste: tingling (berry/lemony) effect on the tip of your tongue, bitter/light astringency, and roast cocoa aromas in the back of your throat which last for a long time.

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Catherine
Delicious and gift-worthy!

A very solid high percentage choice - clean and fruity with an excellent mouth feel. The interesting, informative packaging and the double bar configuration make this feel like a little luxury.