We just love hearing from people that have tried chocolate from various origins and how they can recognise different roasting and conch levels. These 'protocols' are what makes chocolate such a fantastic medium to explore the world with all its botanical beauty. And that's why we've finally managed to secure a small selection of 'virgin' chocolate. This is chocolate with a similar approach to Pacari in that it wants to offer more of the true flavour of chocolate rather than a heavy roast that you often find with European made chocolate. The only form of heating comes from the cold pressing which keeps the temperature under 50c.
The video Lyss has created below fully explains, much better than I ever could, why this chocolate is so special. But if you didn't have time to watch or you are surrounded by distractions then I can let you know that this chocolate is such a fantastic way to get your chocolate hit. The shaves come in a white press-lock pouch so you can keep them by your desk to munch on at work or in the cupboard to add to your baking, or as Lyss suggests, have them with some espresso.
Personally, I love the fact that the shaves come in such a wide variety of sizes. If you dip your hand in the pouch you won't know if you're going to get a large or small piece. It is, however, all about the flavour. There is not high roast that ensures the real flavour of the cacao is lost, what you do get is a sharp, but incredibly pleasurable bitter flavour with the red berries and hazelnut.
What better way to enjoy chocolate than in an authentic, convenient and flavoursome way?
You can tell its great chocolate made by knowledgeable and enthusiastic people. But you've seen the price and you're having second thoughts. It's understandable. But when you think that per gram its only about 30% more expensive than a bar of Pacari and you're supporting a highly ethical chocolate company that pays the cacao growers a significant premium, you're one of the first people in the country to try it and its such a novel, fascinating way to enjoy chocolate, I know you'll feel its worth it.
NB This product is delivered in a thick white pouch.
|Ingredients||Cacao Beans, Sunflower lecithin
|Vintage||Wet Season 1, 2014|
|Dietary||Gluten free, may contain traces of soya. Certified Organic, Raw, Suitable for Vegans, Halal and Kosher certified, lactose and gluten free.|