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domori's new bars
May 12, 2004
2:16 pm
alex_h
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who's got the goods on domori's new products?

domori doesn't really keep their website up-to-date and news travels faster at seventypercent, so: what do u know?

of particulare interest to me right now: domori's new 100%, madagascar and latte sal.

May 12, 2004
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Hans-Peter Rot
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I've seen the 100% online somewhere, but I haven't heard of the other two. Domori also has an organic line out too.

May 12, 2004
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geez! how is anyone supposed to keep up with it all?! :-)

i see you've tried domori's gem (or at least you've got it on storage). what exactly is it? and how is it? it sounds like it's got pieces of caramel or crystal sugar clumps in it.
and have you tried green? i am not really into chocolate with additives of this sort (even nuts, unless it's milk chocolate) but still am curious.
this weekend i tried a piece of chocolate with orange peel and really liked it. venchi's chili chocolate is a no-go for me, it tastes awful when the burning goes away.
one exception i make is cocoa nibs. therefore i really liked dolfin's 70% with nibs for a while. but most chocolate with nibs is under my set limit of 64%, usually around 60%. i've tried domori's break and wasn't fascinated. maybe another try another time...

May 13, 2004
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We've just got back from visiting Domori, and we were quite surprised by all their new products as well. There is a Madagascan bar, which is what you'd expect, fruity and full, but in the Domori way, so creamy and spicy too. There's one called Carupano as well, which is another 70%. I have bars to review so look out for these soon, plus full feature on the visit. Latte Sal is great too, and we will be stocking these soon.

Got the Domori Organic 100%, but this is strong! Will be getting the others soon. They also have whole roasted beans as a new product, just beans, nothing else, and very tasty too!

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May 13, 2004
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ooh ooh ooh! i think i'm going to go mad! how am i supposed to keep up?! martin, how do you keep up?
i guess i need to learn to be a bit more patient and not want to try every chocolate at once.

can't wait to read your new features and check out the new chocolates in your shop!!!

May 25, 2004
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monte, they've got 'em on chocosphere now! have you seen?

wish i could get my hands on some of the crus.

May 25, 2004
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Yeah, I saw! I'm very excited! I have a list made up already, but I'm not sure if I should order quite yet because of the already massive stock I have. I kind of want to eat what I have already, but it will take me a while to do that, especially since I'm going cross country for graduate school in August and won't be able to transport my chocolate. Because of this, I'm forcing myself to eat more than usual, but I'm going to leave enough left for when I return home. I might just order anyway because the Domori bars are quite small. When I order, the crus are definitely going to be part of my order.

May 25, 2004
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logistical problem, eh? :-)

i've ordered enough lately. need to wait a bit and balance my budget again before i go off.

May 25, 2004
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short resumée:

can't say i am particularly excited about domori's madagascar 70% or the 100% bar on first tasting.

blend no. 1 is more of an eating bar. i can taste a nuttiness, but it is the nuttiness i know from other domori bars. a suggestion of hazelnut, yes. but that might be because you suggested it and that influenced me. dunno. not a spectacular first impression. but for 78% it is smoothe

May 31, 2004
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alex,

did you go to Berlin this weekend? Kind of coincidence, I thought about going there this weekend, but had to postpone my plans. I might go soon instead, though.

monte,

sounds bad to have to force yourself to eat more than usual ... but kind of interesting to see how much it takes to exceed the pleasure of it.

"Man cannot live by chocolate alone - but woman can." (Unknown)
June 1, 2004
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lone, unfortunately no. i still want to go, but that might take some time. can't say when.
but so many people i know are traveling back and forth and bringing me stuff, so it's not all too bad. i will soon have my first domori barrique and a second go at puertofino thanks to "my messengers" ;-)

speaking of eating too much: i just recently went through a couple of days of trying entirely too much. it does leave you a bit less interested. right now i can't seem to interest myself seriously either. nothing tastes quite right.

<<ce qui fait du bien au palais ne fait du mal à l'âme>>

June 2, 2004
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My Chocosphere order, with lots of new Domori, came in this weekend (woo-hoo!) It was a day late, apparently since the regular DHL delivery person for my neighborhood was out (booo!) The first bar I opened had bloomed (booo!), but the rest seem fine (woo-hoo!)

I ordered most of the new 70% line; I'll post more once I've tried them. But I've finally gotten to taste Puertofino and Puertomar. They're really, really good, but I think Amedei Chuao is still my fave.

June 2, 2004
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blake, sorry to hear about the blooming chocolate.
how do puertomar and puertofino compare to you? tried domori's porcelana? what say ye?
and compare amedei's chuao with their porcelana. i'm curious.

update on the new bars:
i finished off the 100% and 70% madagascar and they were good but not spectacular. maybe because i'd been eating nothing but domori (as chocolate) at the time and kinda got tired of the taste.
but it's nice to see domori making bars a bit bigger and cheaper! he's trying to get a bigger toehold it seems. hope quality doesn't suffer.

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June 4, 2004
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Yeah, I find that eating too much chocolate every day does take the pleasure out of it, so I have to eat a minimal amount so I can still enjoy it every day. I don't limit my intake to small portions; I just limit how much I consume in one day.

June 5, 2004
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I've tried the Domori Chateaus more carefully now. Here's my two cents:

- Puertofino: Main flavor notes are puckery walnuts and grapes; also tasted caramel and toast. The grape flavor is reminiscent of Chocovic's Ocumare, but the Domori isn't nearly as brash.

- Puertomar: Creamy to the point of being buttery, with smooth cherry flavor. Totally unlike the Puertofino, even though they're both apparently Ocumare. (What's up with that?) Probably my favorite of the three.

- Porcelana: Richer chocolate flavor than the previous two. Also very creamy. Subtle white bread and strawberry flavors; I agree that "bread and jam" isn't a bad description.

I haven't had Amedei's Porcelana in a couple months, so I didn't have any on hand to do a comparison. From what I recall, it's not as super-subtle as Domori's, which appealed to me. I mean, I like subtlety and balance in tasting-quality chocolate bars, but on the other hand, if a chocolate is going to be touted as some of the best in the world, I shouldn't have to strain to understand why.

I guess that's why I like Amedei's Chuao so much. It's loaded with fruity flavors, perhaps including a little of the "raisiny" flavor that I've tasted in Amedei's Toscano blend bars, and doesn't have a bit of bitterness. When I unwrap it and smell it, I can't help but smile. It smells like sunshine.

After all this tasting, I'm also nearing good-chocolate overload, so my opinions on the 75g bars will have to wait a while longer.

June 6, 2004
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thanks much, blake. interesting to hear other's comparisons. i agree when it comes to amedei. it's a good chocolate, but i often have to put some effort into their porcelana (sounds strange, i know). and for me their bars vary a lot, their blend is one time fruity, one time a regular high-quality bar.

i recently had four domori porcelana's and had many different people try them. the consensus: not good! tasted of potting soil said one colleague and i had to agree. at least that was an immediate association (i don't on a regular basis include soil in my diet).

a previous impression was much more favorable. puertomar has been much more consistent. and for me it's the chocolate to beat.

i am now leaning towards bonnat as a good eating/tasting chocolate. it's the cheapest here! 100g for 3.25 eur. and i've got a place that stocks all flavors... of course price shouldn't be the main criteria, but it's good value for good chocolate.

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June 6, 2004
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I realize I wasn't very clear in one of my comments - I think Domori's Porcelana is much more subtle than Amedei's, and I prefer Amedei's for that reason. But of course both are more subtle than Chuao.

Back to the topic at hand, though, I compared the new Domori 100% with a couple other unsweetened bars this morning, and I really like the new one! I've posted that comparison in the "least bitter 100%" thread.

June 8, 2004
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does anyone know where to get domori's cru in germany? or even munich? adornix, got any in frankfurt?

June 9, 2004
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just finishing off a barrique and a puertofino.
the chocolate in barrique i liked, but the spices were not really my thing. puertofino is a good chocolate. no nuances to report, since my damn nose is keeping me from decent tasting (damn hayfever!) and i wolfed it down a bit fast ;-)

June 9, 2004
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Yeah, the spices are a tad different, but I suppose that's why I enjoyed it so much. I like to cook and bake, so I usually combine ingredients in unusual combinations. For example, I made a sauce with sour cream, ketchup, thyme, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, salt, ginger, cayenne, and rosemary. Very good with a pork/onion/cheese frittata.

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