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Valrhona Araguani
June 10, 2004
7:06 pm
legodude
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The new Valrhona Grand Cru Araguani is only avalable in “beans”, as far as I have seen. Why?
If it is one of the Grand Cru, then it must a good chocolate for eating, not only for baking and cakes and mousse. It is not like they do not have the moulds. And the Manjari is not avalable in bar without orange peel. Irritating.[:(!]

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June 10, 2004
7:52 pm
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Maybe Valrhona feel they have too many retail products already … Also Araguani did seem a bit heavy for an eating chocolate (but I still ate a box of the beans!) Then again in a bar it might seem better, certainly worth a try. They keep calling it new but they’ve had it for at least 2 years now!

You can get Manjari in the 200g cooking bars (we will have stock soon, I promise). The advantage of these, in the EU anyway, is they don’t attract any tax as they are considered a cooking ingredient rather than a luxury item. It’s also good in the 1kg blocks.

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June 10, 2004
10:14 pm
Lone Ly
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without intending to shut down Martin’s business; You can also get the 200 g bars of Manjari, Caraibe, Guanaja + 57% + white + nougat from Jacob’s in Oslo.

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June 11, 2004
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Hans-Peter Rot
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Araguani also comes in bulk couverture. In addition, Valrhona just released their “Collection Gran Crus de Chocolat Noir” which includes squares of Manjari, Caraibe, Guanaja, and Araguani. This seems to be their first step to introducing Araguani on a more widescale basis.

June 11, 2004
2:18 pm
Lone Ly
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That’s what I thought too, Monte. I thought I’d seen it in 1 or 2 (or something in between) kg bars.

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June 11, 2004
2:28 pm
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They’ve had it in the collection for a few years now, but still no sign of a bar …

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June 12, 2004
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LoneLy, I know they have the 200g blocks at Jacobs, they are also avalable here in Bergen, but for tasting it is more convenient with the 75g bars. At least I can get Manjari in 4 or 5 gram tasting squares. The Araguani should also have been avalable in these squares. I find it kind of strange of Valrhona, to “hide away” the Araguani. I am quite interested in chocolate and Valrhona, and I was not aware of the Araguani until a month ago. And Martinc says it is two years old!

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June 12, 2004
5:31 pm
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Araguani IS available in tasting squares. It’s part of their Cru Collection.

June 12, 2004
5:33 pm
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Has anyone tried Valrhona’s 85% bar yet?

June 12, 2004
5:51 pm
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Just corrected the spelling of Araguani in this thread to be the correct one, with ‘n’, not ‘m’ – don’t want to confuse everyone too much!

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June 13, 2004
3:12 pm
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Never heard of a Valrhona 85% bar. Name? Where have you seen it or info about it?

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June 16, 2004
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Name of the Valrhona 85% is Valrhona Le Noir Extra Amer 85%. It’s on http://www.chocosphere.com, so check it out.

June 17, 2004
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Legodude, if I remember correctly Manjari doesn’t exist in 75 g bars without orange peel. I find the tasting squares too small to get a real taste of it and prefer to have a big block and a good knife … Because of my consume there is also a question of economy involved. Example Amedei Chuao 50g bar is 50 NOK (approx 6 €?) while the 1 kg block is 300 NOK (35 €), ie. 1 NOK pr gram versus 0,3 NOK pr gram – that’s what I call a good deal. What it says about my consume is another topic ;-) As for the Araguani, the patisserie ‘chain’ Pascal (Bill Clinton stopped at the one close to the Royal Castle on his visit!) has used Araguani in their cakes for quite a long time. I guess they’ve only got branches in Oslo. In fact, they have got a cafe next door to Jacob’s so take a break on your next chocolate trip.

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June 20, 2004
2:54 am
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I’ve tried the Valrhona 85, and I didn’t like it at all. The label touts their use of the “finest cocoa beans from Africa”, and it definitely tastes like harsh Forastero beans to me. It’s probably my least favorite Valrhona product.