A Colombian dark chocolate bar, made is Bogota using cacao from the Tumaco Region.
For a 70% dark chocolate, the flavour is remarkably mild, more like a milk bar. Tibito has conched to give the chocolate a slightly fudgy texture with a rapid melt. A spoonful of fresh cream mixes with sweet peas and under ripe coconut. Whispers of aromatic menthol hover briefly on the tongue. The chocolate finishes with a bitter note that contrasts strongly with bar’s initial effervescent sweetness.
The Tumaco region can be found on the Pacific coast of southwestern Colombia, next to the Ecuadorian border. Also known for its fishing, the region is crisscrossed with many rivers, including the Mira and Patia. These, along with the heavy rainfall allow mangroves and tropical rainforests to flourish. Here the cacao is grown and harvested by rural communities, generally far upstream.
Tibito sees itself as a celebration of the flavours and aromas of Colombian cacao. It sources its cocoa beans from different plantations in different regions of Colombia. The beans are then taken to its factory Bogota. Here the cocoa from each region is transformed by hand into a chocolate that reveals and rejoices in the beans’ terroir.