Thursday, 9 January 2014

Forever Cacao 72% and 80%

Forever Cacao - stone-ground, single origin, handmade raw chocolate. The Wales based chocolate company produce Artisan chocolate made from just 3 organic ingredients 

I loved the simplistic, rustic feel of the packaging: the brown paper, printed black ink logo and the foil wrapping the chocolate

The 72% - 'Organic Criollo Raw Cacao Nibs, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter'

The chocolate was of a dark ebony colour with a matte finish. A beautifully deep aroma with roasted coffee notes. The taste was a prominent sweet red pepper with hints of blueberry and smokey, earthy undertones. The melt was completely smooth; as I read 'stone-ground' I was expecting a coarse texture... 

A distinct flavour of pepper lingers for many minutes, a superb finish

The 80% - 'Organic Criollo Raw Cacao Liquor, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, Ecotribal Coffee'

On the bottom of this chocolate was finely ground coffee. The higher cocoa content, for me, didn't make it taste any more bitter than the 72% just a little less sweet. The coffee achieved an elegant deep flavour but not as potent as I was expecting. The ground coffee would get left behind on the tongue

I preferred the appearance of the 80%, not too sure as to why they were different. The 80% chocolate had a red tint and a smoother, glossier appearance compared to the 72%

Forever Cacao obtain their Criollo cocoa beans from the Satipo region of Peru, then combine it with coconut palm sugar to make a sensational chocolate experience

I absolutely loved these chocolates; a distinct high quality cocoa

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