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Costa Esmeraldas is a single estate cacao farm owned by the Salazar family on the NW coast of Ecuador. The steep 100-hectare site is planted with Nacional-Venezolano Amarillo cacao. The pods are transported daily during harvest, beans meticulously fermented and sun-dried at their brand new post-harvest facility close to the farm.

Oranges, limes, lemons, plantain, bananas, guayaba, and papaya are grown interspersed with the cacao to reduce erosion on the steep terrain. Last time we met, Fredy Enrique Salazar passionately explained, “We also grow fruit because it feeds everyone on the farm”. Their land is beautiful—lush namesake emerald green hills layered in every direction.

Tasting notes: lemon, bread, cherries, balsamic vinegar, brownies, green bananas

Ingredients: cacao nibs, organic cane sugar, cacao butter

Allergen Information: May contain traces of nuts, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, flour, and soy.

Manufactured in a facility which also processes dairy"

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

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Soma Mr. Salazar Costa Esmeraldas 70%
Soma Mr. Salazar Costa Esmeraldas 70%
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Soma Mr. Salazar Costa Esmeraldas 70%

Weight: 65 g
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$12.75
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$12.75
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Bean to Bar

Bean to Bar

Direct-Source Cacao

Direct Sourced

Woman Owned

Woman Owned

Costa Esmeraldas is a single estate cacao farm owned by the Salazar family on the NW coast of Ecuador. The steep 100-hectare site is planted with Nacional-Venezolano Amarillo cacao. The pods are transported daily during harvest, beans meticulously fermented and sun-dried at their brand new post-harvest facility close to the farm.

Oranges, limes, lemons, plantain, bananas, guayaba, and papaya are grown interspersed with the cacao to reduce erosion on the steep terrain. Last time we met, Fredy Enrique Salazar passionately explained, “We also grow fruit because it feeds everyone on the farm”. Their land is beautiful—lush namesake emerald green hills layered in every direction.

Tasting notes: lemon, bread, cherries, balsamic vinegar, brownies, green bananas

Ingredients: cacao nibs, organic cane sugar, cacao butter

Allergen Information: May contain traces of nuts, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, flour, and soy.

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+

Manufactured in a facility which also processes wheat

Trace Gluten

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Soma was founded by David Castellan and Cynthia Leung in 2003. A rarity in the industry, Soma are adept at both chocolate making, and also a fantastic chocolatier. At the time, ‘bean to bar’ chocolate wasn’t necessarily even a term! Anybody who knew how to make chocolate were those who worked for big chocolate companies. Soma was one of the first to tackle the micro batch chocolate bar production. Besides their wonderful line of chocolate bars, Soma also uses their chocolate to make ganache for truffles, and other chocolate treats. Soma's high quality chocolate bars have been awarded multiple times over the years. First starting off in a 400 square foot tiny corner of an old whiskey distillery, Soma now has two chocolate factories in Toronto, Canada.

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Customer Reviews

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Sam Fortna
An Excellent Bar That Showcases the Range of Flavors Possible in Craft Chocolate

I find this bar to be an exceptional example of the surprising range of flavors possible in pure dark chocolate. The flavor profile (lemon, bread, cherries, balsamic vinegar, brownies, and green bananas) may seem a bit unexpected for a non-flavored bar, yet the tasting notes and similar/adjacent ones come through loud, dynamic, and clear. This is a very fun, excellently executed, flavor bomb of a bar.

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E. Reilly
One of my favorite Ecuador bars

Fantastic! A satisfying variety of flavors with great development throughout the tasting: cocoa powder, bread, bright tanginess (lemon, lime, dried cherries), red wine, fades to a rich vanilla creaminess and a lingering cocoa flavor. There's a lot going on flavor wise, definitely recommended.