This dark chocolate from Fresco is a Limited Edition bar. The bar has been crafted using beans from the 2015 Maranon harvest.
Rob Anderson of Fresco doesn’t give his bars elaborate names. Instead he numbers each one according to bean origin and the exact recipe he has used. For this particular ‘227’ bar Rob has used a light roast and medium conche to reveal the flavours concealed in his beans.
The pale chocolate has a sharp bouquet but opens with a sweet green creaminess and a hint of under-ripe coconut. Another wave of sharpness follows, which cuts through the creamy note. We noted a touch bitterness towards the finish, which is dominated by coffee and a little more coconut.
This bar is part of a very special limited edition run by Fresco. Rob Anderson has taken Maranon beans from the 2015 and 2014 harvests and crafted a range of bars, playing with particular variables such as roast level and conche time. Compare this bar to Fresco’s 227 (2014 Harvest) to really see the impact that vintage (i.e the particular year the beans were grown) has on a bar’s flavour.