Fresco – 217 (Chuao 70%)
  • Our rating: 89.2% (1 review)
  • Company:
  • Cacao solids: 70%
  • Guide Price: $10.00
  • Description by: George Gensler
  • Production: Produced directly from beans by maker
  • Certification:
    • None
  • Ingredients:
    • Cocoa Beans
    • Cane Sugar
    • Cocoa Butter

Exceptional chocolate is created through a series of events. Change any one event and the outcome is a new creation.  We meticulously control these events, changing them purposefully to create new chocolate experiences.  We make chocolate from cocoa beans, one batch at a time.  Using natural ingredients, we slow roast each cocoa batch and stone grind our chocolate as in ages past.  By adjusting ingredients, recipes and parameters throughout the chocolate making process we strive to discover unique chocolate flavors not commonly experienced.  Then offer the results for your review.

Fresco – 217 (Chuao 70%)Chocolate Review Rating: 89.2% out of 100 based on 1 reviews.

Fresco – 217 (Chuao 70%)

Fresco makes small batches of dark chocolate, changing the formula between bars (the roast and conche levels are marked on the package).


George Gensler: 9-Oct-2011

Posted: October 9, 2011 by
SCORES Score/10 Weight
Aroma: 10%
Look/snap: 5%
Taste: 35%
Melt: 5%
Length: 15%
Opinion: 30%
Total/100: 100%
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Before the taste: Fresco has done a beautiful job packaging this bar.  The small box (40g) is in gradations from black to pale gray with silver, white and black lettering and the bar itself is wrapped in silver foil to match the lettering on the box.  The information on the box includes the standard origin, weight, ingredients, etc., but goes further to include the preparation.  This bar is recipe 217, with a dark roast and a medium conche.  The bar itself is segmented in 3/4″ (2cm) lined squares.  The bar is reddish brown, not particularly glossy, but nicely poured, very clean.  It doesn’t smell much like chocolate, but there aren’t any unpleasant aromas, either.

Getting to the heart of it:  The bar has a nice snap with an even break.  The chocolate doesn’t quite melt away; it’s chunky, but not powdery, lingering on the tongue and teeth after the chocolate is gone.  The heaviness of the roast is noticable, leaving a coffee-like taste in the mouth, though the bar itself doesn’t taste like coffee.  The aftertaste is of a very dark mocha.

Overall:  I really enjoyed this bar.  I am not a coffee fan, but these beans were handled very well and the resulting chocolate is addictive.  It’s all I can do not to eat the rest of this bar, which I am saving to compare with the medium roast Chuao.

1 Comment

  1. Shayna October 12, 2011

    Now I want to try this bar!

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