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At the beginning of the pandemic, I was looking for a way to pass the time locked inside and decided to learn about chocolate. I watched countless videos about how to grow and harvest cacao and make chocolate. I also tried about 30 - 40 different types of premium chocolate bars and cacao nibs.
The 70% Rio Acara was the only bar that I couldn't stop eating. I would eat an entire bar every time I tasted it and not just a few squares. This bar is slightly harder in consistency than many others and has hints of honey and pineapple. It's the best bar that I've tasted so far.
Luisa Abram bars never fail to wow the pants off of me. This one is stunning. Standard luxurious packaging. Nutty aroma. Velvety smooth bar with heady notes of dark caramel, woodsmoke, chestnut, subtle pineapple and yogurt.
Woah! What a distinct and unique flavor profile! The melt is a bit grainy but the complex flavors are so distracting and absorbing, I move past the texture quickly. There is a "what is that?!" flavor that must be the "chestnut notes." I get some burnt sugar/caramel that is nice. The taste is so complex, it is hard to stop. I also got another Luisa Abram bar and it is nothing like this so the distinctive flavors must be the unique bean and origin. A very fun bar to explore.
This chocolate is like a fine red wine - fruity and complex. I taste a hint of tart yogurt taste, which is a nice extra layer of flavor. This doesn’t melt smoothly in the mouth and has a bit of a rough finish texture on the tongue. The flavor notes that come through make this worth experiencing!
Collection title: All Chocolate Bars
Collection title: Amelonado
Collection description: Amelonado is one of those ten evolutionarily unique types identified in 2008 using samples collected throughout the Americas over the previous century. This particular cluster type represents a traditional cultivar believed to have been domesticated from the Brazilian Amazon, possibly near what is now called the Para River. It’s now one of the most common cacao cultivars in the world, and often held up as the typical example of a forastero cacao: deeply chocolaty & bitter, with strong earthy undertones and a large, round pod. Most of the cacao brought to Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries originally came from this cultivar type, leading to the Ghanaian varietal now known as the West African Amelonado.
Collection title: BIPOC Chocolate
Collection description: This collection highlights craft chocolate bars from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) owned chocolate companies and chocolate makers.
Collection title: Brazil Chocolate Makers
Collection title: Cacao Origin: Brazil
Collection title: Dark Chocolate
Collection title: Luisa Abram
Collection description: Luisa Abram is a bean to bar chocolate maker in Brazil. The maker Luisa, works with micro-lots of wild growing cocoa from the Amazon rain forest along the floodplains near riverside communities. Luisa has partnered with the locals to create job opportunities, help preserve native cacao and improve their quality of life. All the bars are made in small batches in Sao Paulo, with only two pure and organic ingredients: cocoa and sugar.
Collection title: Made At Origin
Collection title: Para, Brazil
Collection description: Pará is a large state in northern Brazil, traversed by the lower Amazon River and bordered by Guyana and Suriname. Much of the state relies upon agriculture; in recent years it’s become the country’s number one producer of cacao, cassava, açaí berry, and pineapple. Another large industry is mining for metals and lumbering, aka destroying the Amazon Rainforest, some of which covers most of Pará.
Collection title: Plain Chocolate
Collection title: Shop Bar & Cocoa
Collection title: Soy Free Chocolate
Collection description: These chocolates do not list soy products as a main ingredient. Some of the chocolates say: "may contain traces of soy" where perhaps a very small amount may have come in contact with the food due to shared equipment or facility usage. Each product has icons that indicate whether a product is completely soy free or may contain traces.
Collection title: Variety-Trinitario
Collection title: Vegan Chocolate
Collection title: Women In Chocolate
Collection description: This collection highlights craft chocolate bars from women chocolate makers or women owned chocolate companies.