Innato has sourced the cocoa for this bar from the Junin region of Peru. San Juan de Cheni is a region of Peru where the indigenous peoples have used cocoa farming as a means to resist the devastation caused by guerrilla warfare. By working with makers such as Innate, they have been able to receive a fair price for their premium beans, and have been able to rebuild their communities. Located in the western region of Junin in central Peru, the cocoa for this bar is sourced from a region known as the ‘central jungle’ of this fantastic cacao producing nation. This region also finds itself on a large fault line, meaning that cacao production is not only threatened by destruction from guerillas, but it is also threatened by natural factors.
Unwrap this dark chocolate bar and break off a piece. Inhale deeply, and prepare to be met by intensely chocolatey aromas. It is a fairly chunky bar, so let it rest on your tongue for a second before it starts to melt. This intense dark chocolate bar is creamy with a deeply chocolatey flavour at the finish. Before this develops, there are lighter floral notes, with coffee undertones. Where European made bars so often have a buttery texture, those made in Latin America are often made without any added cocoa butter. This means that they have a certain graininess. Whilst not unpleasant, this texture is perhaps a little rougher than you may expect to find in a fine dark chocolate bar.
Why not compare this bar to its sister bar, the Jaen, also from Innato. Both are created to a similar recipe, with the same cacao percentage. The only difference is the region in Peru where the cocoa is grown. The primary difference between the two regions is the altitude. At the first bite, you can taste the difference created by this one simple change.
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