While Zotter might be know for his unusual ingredients and wacky ways, this bar couldn’t be more simple.
The plain dark chocolate has been crafted using the best Arriba cocoa grown in Los Rios, Ecuador. The beans have created a wonderfully smooth and buttery chocolate. Very mild for a dark bar, we were stuck by the sweet earthy nose that reminded us of pumpkin, squash and even a little of popcorn. The chocolate has almost no bitterness, and Zotter’s signature addition of salt helps bring out the beans’ subtle flavours.
The Arriba Nacional cacao used by Zotter is unique to Ecuador and more specifically the Los Rios region. The beans are of the Forastero variety, which accounts for more than 80% of world cocoa harvests. Generally grown for its hardiness and high yields rather than its fine flavour the Arriba Forastero is different. The many rivers that zigzag through Los Rios make the region one of the most fertile in the subtropics. This lands’ richness makes it perfect for growing cacao with a beautifully developed and well-rounded aroma.