For those of you who thought the Bouga Cacao 100% bar
was too bitter, here's one that has a less intense, over-powering flavour. It still uses the Hacienda Bosque de Oro Arriba Nacional cocoa beans that exhibit a tobacco, Brandy flavour but is less 'in your face' and has more fruit and nut characteristic. I love the rusticity of this bar and how these accompanying floral flavours are allowed to develop in the mouth and gently lift off the chocolate. Certainly don't expect anything overly punchy or intense; its certainly one that I'd appreciate on a lazy Sunday morning whilst reading the newspapers.
What is also appealing is the good Bouga Cacao
do in the local Ecuadorian communities. They do put a great proportion of any profit back into the region and help support a good number of families. There is no Fairtrade labelling or certification with these bars, but that's because for some communities the 6,000 or so cost for certification is prohibitive for some growers. I would, however, have no problem suggesting that if you are somebody that holds the ethics of Fairtrade dear then this is a make of chocolate that has an ethical stance consistent with your own.