About the Beans
Tumaco on the southern pacific coast of Colombia is a region that has experienced quite the history of political conflict and narcotic trafficking, leaving its local development and agriculture to become somewhat neglected. In 2011, when Cacao de Colombia first explored Tumaco, they had found cacao was everywhere. Farmers were drying the wet cocoa beans on any surface they could find, which included roads. With such an abundance of actively growing cocoa, Cacao de Colombia, as flavour experts, saw great opportunity to work on the quality of the cocoa growing in Tumaco, and to export it to outside of the commodity market supply chain.
About the Maker
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!
On the tongue this 70% dark chocolate is incredibly floral. The additional cocoa butter and conching evens and balances the flavour and melt. The finale of the bar is a cooling sensation, giving light suggestions of menthol on the palate.