This Qantu Chuncho dark chocolate uses cacao from the Ayacucho region of Peru.
When Maxime & Efli first decided to delve into craft chocolate, they returned to where they first met, Elfi’s home of Peru. Starting of in Lima they visited Salon du Chocolat to start forging relationships with different producers. They then went on to visit a number of farmers and co-operatives to find their perfect beans.
For this particular bar, Qantu has worked with Asociacion de productores del VRAE. Though a relatively new producer, it has employed a specialist to help its farmers improve the agricultural techniques. Until recently the region where VRAE operates was victim to violence and the narcotics trade.
Chuncho is an ancient cacao varietal that is native to this particular part of Peru.The beans are especially small and therefore only need a very quick fermentation of about 3 days. This is done in wooden boxes after the cacao is dried in the sun.
The bar initially has a sharp, fruity aroma. Notes of apricot jam, hazelnut and cream all come through. The sweet jammyness also leads into floral hints of lilac. Finally a touch of lemon comes through on the end.
Qantu Chuncho won Gold at the Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017.