Soma’s 100% cacao bar blends beans from three different origins: Madagascar, Ecuador and Trinidad.
This is exactly what a blend should be: subtle yet full of flavour, as the three origins come together, contrasting and mixing with each other to created a many layered and fascinating bar.
The chocolate is as intense as you might expect (and want) in a 100% cacao bar, but thanks to Soma’s characteristic smooth texture and thin bar, the chocolate melts beautifully, without leaving any bitter powder. An initial earthy greenness is enveloped by a thicker, buttery note with a roasted edge. Towards the end we detected more fruit with a hint of citrus. When we tasted it again, this secondary dimension or red currant jam came through much more strongly.
Crafting 100% chocolate is hard – without sugar, milk or any added flavourings, everything from the roast, to the conch to how well the bar was tempered is that bit more obvious. But despite the challenges, Soma have crafted a very well-balanced bar.
The intensity of 100% chocolate, combined with the much higher level of flavanoids means that people often find their chocolate craving is quickly sated and they struggle to even have a second piece. But the well balanced and many layered flavours of this bar might just have you reaching for a third or fourth piece.