Amano – Cuyagua 70%

November 24, 2007

Amano Cuyagua

Cuyagua is a remote valley in Venezuela that neighbors Ocumare de la Costa. Historically, beans from this area have not been plentiful enough for companies to produce chocolate regularly. In fact, supply has been so low that the only company to produce a pure Cuyagua bar has been Scharffen Berger, and they did it twice in different years. Well, move over Scharffen Berger; Amano has a wonderful surprise for everyone: a Cuyagua 70% bar, which is also limited edition.

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Patric Chocolate – Sambirano 70%

November 24, 2007

A few days ago, I received two bars of chocolate in the mail from Alan McClure of Patric Chocolate. I knew about Alan from the Seventypercent forums and for a while he had been developing his site, which I checked on periodically to see if progress had been made. Well, after not checking for quite some time—and not knowing what he was up to—it was surprising to learn he was making chocolate from the bean.

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Valrhona – Chuao 2002

November 20, 2007

It has been stated by many consumers (me included) that Amedei has the superior Chuao, while Bonnat’s is a close second. Well, I recently got my hands on a Valrhona Chuao from 2002 and was somewhat eager to try it. I say “somewhat” because I tasted the 2003 vintage in its final days and was sorely disappointed. The chocolate was unlike any Chuao I had tasted previously, and I wasn’t sorry to see that origin go the wayside.

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Amedei vs. Bonnat

November 20, 2007

(This article is double listed from cocoa content to open discussion about this subject.)

Chuao is one of those places we’ve all heard about but never visited. It’s a remote coastal village in northern Venezuelan flanked by lush rain forests, lofty mountains, and the sparkling Caribbean Sea, and inhabited by a people that may seem trapped in time. Indeed, Chuao has an illustrious and romantic history that still can be witnessed, in a sense, just by looking at pictures of cacao fermentation or, better yet, tasting a bar of chocolate produced from its beans.

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Welcome to the cocoa content blog

November 19, 2007

This is where I’ll be featuring many ideas and thoughts that may not fit into the context of www.cocoacontent.com. Personal ramblings, random thoughts, wild conjectures, and the like all have a cozy home here. This will also serve as the interactive section of the site. I’m really excited about getting this blog rolling, so let the blogging begin!