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Domori Chuao - it appears at last
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Alex Rast
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After many years of tantalising wait and vague suggestions that eventually a "Chuao" would be forthcoming from Domori, it at last arrives. (See http://www.domori.com/it/produ.....&id=9)
Is it worth the wait? More importantly, can it be called "Chuao" - given that source plantation isn't in Chuao, the village? Whatever it is, how will Domori do with it?

We'll leave the technical definition to the lawyers, but as for the flavour profile, it's convincingly similar to what you get from real-deal Amedei. Interestingly, Domori appear to have coaxed more power out of an already powerful aroma, and it's lighter, too, with a strawberry/raspberry tone in addition to the usual molasses and blueberry hints. Something rubbery, though, is different, and this might be to do with the plantation, or the treatment - difficult to tell.

Initial flavour is virtual a carbon copy of Amedei's, with strawberry/raspberry giving way to blueberry. However, soon, Domori's distinctive cream/cheese style in the flavour appears, here rather like creme fraiche. There's also a hint of roast nuts in the finish that you don't get with Amedei. Domori as usual bests Amedei on the texture, too, which is incredibly smooth and dense.

Overall, the result is what you might think if you overlaid Domori's different style on the same beans as Amedei's Chuao. Is it a match for the Amedei? Perhaps not quite. Amedei has a style almost perfectly matched to the Chuao origin, so it's not a surprise that the result is spectacular. This however, doesn't make Domori's chocolate less than great - it's still a superb chocolate - I'll put a review up shortly but it will probably come out about 9.0 or so overall. There's a pleasing symmetry here: Domori's style is a good match for Porcelana, hence their version is better than the competing Amedei offering. Now the 2 biggest names in Italian chocolate each offer the 2 (arguably) most glamorous varietal origins, swapping off to provide the definitive version. It's nice to have that choice.

I might add, this introduction hints that the similarly long rumoured Guasare may at some point in the not-too-distant-future become fact. Stay tuned...

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very nice Domori's Chuao. My fave of their criollo line. They said their Guasare should be out in about three years' time...

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There seems to be a big Chuao boom: Amano has a new Chuao bar, Pralus does too. More and more chocolate makers seem to have access to the beans now.

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Originally posted by alex_h

There seems to be a big Chuao boom: Amano has a new Chuao bar, Pralus does too. More and more chocolate makers seem to have access to the beans now.


Amedei's exclusive agreement expired about a year ago. Needless to say other manufacturers have been eager to produce their own versions. (Pralus is in fact resuscitating an old product). This I think is good news for all chocolate lovers, and it should raise everyone's game. Amedei will need to keep their effort up if they want to remain the top here. You've got to give them credit for improving the visibility of the origin.

Nonetheless, it's important to point out that Domori's version isn't actually from Chuao itself.

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A few years ago before Domori came out with the Chuao bar I had the opportunity to talk to Gianluca Franzoni. I too wondered how Domori could have a Chuao bar made with beans from Hacienda San Jose and not from Chuao village. What he told me was that the new Chuao bar they were making was made from beans that were genetically Chuao (criollo). At least that is what I understood.

Maricel Presilla mentions in her book that the beans from Chuao village used to be solely criollo, but today consist of a blend of criollo, trinitario and forastero. Probably for this reason Amedei does not call its Chuao criollo, though I've heard it sold that way. Maybe Domori has succeeded in finding the original genetic criollo roots and cultivating them for their bar.

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