This chocolate, hand-crafted in Portugal from beans grown in the Peruvian Andes, has a fragrant floral aroma of orange and sandalwood. Hints of Earl Grey tea appear within the creamy melt, giving a beautifully deep, long finish.
ABOUT THE MAKER
Feitoria do Cacao was established by Tomoko Suga and Sue Tavares after an eye-opening trip to see the poor living conditions of cocoa farmers in São Tomé and Principe. They remain committed to paying a premium price for their cocoa beans in an effort to reduce the economic disparities between cocoa farmers and chocolate producers. Based in Portugal, they hand-craft their chocolate bars in micro batches to accentuate the natural variety of flavours in each delivery of cocoa beans.
In the early twentieth century, the Puro Nacional, a variety of exceptional Ecuadorian cocoa bean, was declared to be extinct after disease had ravaged the area. But in 2007, two Americans who were in the area supplying equipment to local mining companies in the Marañon Valley, Peru, stumbled upon a strange cocoa tree. They sent the fruit off for DNA analysis, which confirmed that the new beans were pure strains of the old Puro Nacional. This exceptionally rare cocoa bean is now cultivated in the valley and imbues each chocolate bar with beautiful elegance and complexity.
But don’t just take our word for it! Have a look at what the attendees at one of our recent Virtual Tastings had to say about it: