A bean-to-bar chocolate adventure is the product of a life time of culinary devotion for Valencia based chocolatier Paco Llopis. The son of patissiers at the helm of the Valencia institution Pastelería Llopis in Alzira, Paco’s initiation into the realms of confectionery was a somewhat magical one, living above the kitchens of the family business providing a constant and immersive source of experimentation and inspiration. It wasn’t long before his attention turned to chocolate, eventually becoming a master chocolatier with a truly impressive professional trajectory including the kitchens of some of Europe’s most prestigious restaurants and chocolateries. Paco’s mission is simple: to create the best and most surprising chocolates that have ever been. It’s no surprise then that, in collaboration with his wife, designer Juana Rojas, he embarked upon a voyage into the world of craft chocolate. With an extraordinary range of single origin chocolate bars, all wrapped up beneath an exquisite origami boat reminiscent of the Spanish voyages that brought cacao to Europe in the sixteenth century, Paco invites you to pick your very own Utopian chocolate!
Utopick are incredibly proud of its Sierra Nevada 70% bar, as this had been crafted from the cacao it had directly imported from Colombia for the first time. On top of this, Paco’s wife, Juana, is from Colombia and Utopick has the commitment and pleasure in developing the quality of cacao growing in Colombia.
The beans are sourced from the “Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Natural Park”, Colombia’s second oldest national park and a park considered a unique place due to its isolation from the Andes.
On the tongue, this 70% dark chocolate, beholds a delicate orange blossom note, with apricot, honey, and a toasted nuttiness nearing the finish. A texture so smooth and buttery, with a rich flavour, little to no bitterness and a clean finish, Utopick’s Sierra Nevada is one truly indulgent bar.