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Apamate's grittyness
August 11, 2005
10:35 pm
Viscouse
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OK, I must apologize, but this was not my most favorite of bars. I tried El Rey’s Apamate today, and have to say, the taste (to me) was overshadowed by the gritty texture. It felt unrefined & unprocessed, like they forgot something. This is my first bar of this type though, maybe I just have to let it grow on me? [:D]

Is the gritty texture synonymous with the term earthy? Are there other bars that exhibit this quality? Do the other El Rey bars exhibit this quality?

August 12, 2005
1:59 am
Sebastian
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Earthiness is a flavor descriptor, similiar to the smell of potting soil, for example. the grit you notice will almost always be due to one of two things 1) the product has been refined to a fairly l arge particle size (probably not the case with this product) 2) the product has an abnormally high shell content present that has been refined into very small pieces.

By law, chocolate can have up to 1.75% of the shell present in it. Most processors do everything in their power to keep it far lower than that, as its very tough on processing equipment, and has very bad mouthfeel. Some beans are harder than others to keep the shell out – for example ecuadorian beans are generally in this category.

August 12, 2005
2:18 am
Hans-Peter Rot
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Apamate and Gran Saman are the only two chocolates from El Rey to possess this grittiness, while the others are much smoother. Gran Saman is much grittier than Apamate due to lower cocoa butter content. Apamate has 60% cocoa liquor with the remaining 13.5% being cocoa butter, while Gran Saman has 70% cocoa liquor and no added cocoa butter.

August 12, 2005
3:38 am
Viscouse
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Thank you! That helps a lot. I am greatful for the expereince on this board!

This might sound silly, but it almost felt like it was underprocessed, and the granules eventually did dissolve, instead of shells the probably would never dissolve.

I think I am off to try different chocolate!

August 12, 2005
8:37 am
Polarbear
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I agree that the El Reys are somewhat gritty, but their taste more than compensates for that, IMHO.

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August 12, 2005
5:44 pm
Hans-Peter Rot
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Personally, I like the texture and think it’s a nice alternative to the usual creamy, smooth, pasty, etc. textures on the market today. You just might need to get adjusted to it, Viscouse, so give another bar a spin. I understand how initial shock might influence your opinions, but give it one more chance [;)]