Hoja Verde – Ecuador 72%
  • Our rating: 67.8% (1 review)
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  • Cacao solids: 72%
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  • Description by: George Gensler
  • Production: Maker sourced beans, chocolate made elsewhere
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Hoja Verde Fino Arriba Dark Chocolate is made from only premium cacao beans grown in the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, one of the planet’s most biologically-diverse countries. Ecuadorian cacao has long been recognised as the source of the world’s finest beans. Hoja Verde produces this high quality dark chocolate with 100% certified cacao beans. Our cacao beans are produced in small shaded plantations in farms that implement standards for the conservation of natural resources.

Hoja Verde – Ecuador 72%Chocolate Review Rating: 67.8% out of 100 based on 1 reviews.

Hoja Verde – Ecuador 72%

Hoja Verde prides itself on its Fino Arriba cacao beans, grown on small plantations that focus on conservation, and on its locally-made organic chocolate, made for them by Ecuadorian private-label producer TuliCorp.


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:  The mold is of standard pillow segments with wavy lines.  The bar is a rich dark color, but is nearly matte, with little sheen.  The aroma is surprisingly complex, beginning with an earthiness that is slightly medicinal (which could come from the metallic inner wrapper), becomes fudgy then fades to cinnamon.

Getting to the heart of it:  The snap is soft; there’s a bit of resistance at first bite, but that quickly becomes chalky with some grit.  Despite the added cocoa butter, the chocolate is neither creamy nor smooth.  It is surprisingly sweet for a 72% bar.  The complexity of the flavor follows a similar path to the aroma.  The first impression is somewhat earthy, but bright like green pepper, rather than tobacco.  A fudgy richness follows with a faint spark of cinnamon spice at the finish.  This bar is very brownie-like in texture, taste and sweetness..  The aftertaste is faintly metallic (again, this could be from the packaging) with a slight peppery sting, but overall not unpleasant and relatively short.

Overall:  This is a very accessible bar, which would appeal to a variety of palates, though the texture needs some refinement.  I enjoyed the hint of cinnamon, but the pastiness of the texture was a drawback for me.


1 Comment

  1. Eduardo Letort October 20, 2011

    Thank you very much for the coment in our bar eventhough we didn´t score high. Is a challenge for us always to improve.

    Of what I can see in your coments maybe that bar has been affected by heat. If we send you another sample will you be so kind to give us your coment?.

    (sorry for the english, my mother language is spanish).

    Best regards,

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