This is a smooth and fruity 75% dark chocolate with an intensely roasted flavour. This is an expressive chocolate; earthier woody notes mix with the fruit (the local pitanga fruit, inform Akesson's), giving a hint of tobacco on the finish.
In 2009, Bertil and his Brazilian partner Dr Angelo Calmon de Sa purchased the historic Fazenda Sempre Firme in Bahia, eastern Brazil. This 120Ha cacao plantation is situated right in the middle of the extraordinary Mata Atlantica wild forest, claimed by Akesson's to have the highest levels of biodiversity on earth. For Bertil, who has managed to recreate local social structures on the estate, the best reward he could possibly ask for was to hear the community refer to the Fazenda as “paraiso” (paradise).
At Bertil’s Fazenda, they grow a cacao variety native to Bahia called Parasinho. This is a traditional variety which was, state Akesson's “the glory of Bahia” during its golden years of the 20th century. This is a very small variant of Forastero cacao. Akesson's Brazil dark milk has been crafted from parasinho beans harvested at Fazenda Sempre Firme.