A light milk chocolate with delicate touches of summer fruits – think peaches and raspberries – and hints of green tea on the finish.
As Annalisa Barbieri wrote in her Notes on Chocolate column for the Guardian:
“It’s possibly the most interesting milk I’ve ever tasted. If you usually like dark chocolate and are a bit snotty about milk chocolate, do give this a go – you’ll not be disappointed.”
ABOUT THE MAKER
Duffy Sheardown is an early supporter and promoter of the ‘Direct Trade’ movement, which goes well beyond Fairtrade standards. Duffy follows a ‘Direct Cacao’ model, in which chocolate makers agree to pay whatever price the farmer asks for her cocoa beans – without complaining. This premium paid for the beans encourages the farmer to take more care of her crop, from fermenting the beans well to drying them properly. Working like this also encourages farmers to grow ‘fine-flavour’ as opposed to ‘bulk’ beans – the vision behind ‘Direct Cacao’ in changing the future for cocoa farmers and fine chocolate.
The beans for this bar are sourced from Öko Caribe, a prominent cocoa supplier in the Dominican Republic and one of the most popular in the world. The two owners, Adriano de Jesus Rodriguez and Gualberto Acebey Torrejon, maintain close relationships with their farmers, often giving out loans for family emergencies and community needs. They also educate their farmers about sustainable land management and environmental responsibility, and pay consistent premiums for the farmers’ award-winning cocoa.
This bar featured in our August 2021 milk & dark subscription box. You can listen to Spencer and Mika’s thoughts on it and see if you agree: