For every kilogram of cocoa harvested on Åkesson’s estate, less than 7g is Criollo. This special bar is made from 100% Criollo beans, a decadence that shines through as soon as you open the wrapper. The intense chocolate bursts with notes of berries and is accompanied by a natural sweetness that is unexpected in a bar with such a high percentage of cacao. This complements beautifully the fruity-sweet tartness and subtle hints of citrus as you let the bar melt on your tongue.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Bertil Åkesson is one of the true heroes of the bean-to-bar market. He has pioneered the direct sale of his single-estate beans to over 300 chocolate makers all over the world and has crafted his own range of award-winning bars. Born to a Swedish diplomat father and a French mother, Bertil grew up in Madagascar, where his family settled in the 1970s. His father established a number of cocoa and spice plantations on the island, which Bertil has since expanded.
Bars made with Bertil’s beans have won a long list of accolades and prizes all over the world, and this lively and expressive single-origin bar is no exception. Awards for this bar include Gold at the Great Taste awards (for four years in a row!), Gold at the Academy of Chocolate Awards, and Gold at the International Chocolate Awards. This bar hails from Åkesson’s Ambolikapiky plantation in the celebrated cacao producing valley of Sambirano, northwest Madagascar, a favourite source of beans for many of the world’s best chocolate makers and chefs.