Alan Patric McClure is another key player in the vibrant chocolate movement currently building in the United States and has been since 2006. There are three Madagascan offerings in his range displaying the differences inherent to relatively small changes in cacao percentage. You could be forgiven for thinking that this 67%, being the lowest of ..
The original plantation cacao bar, from a source first suggested to Valrhona by Robert Linxe of La Maison du Chocolat. Also the first bar to really be marketed by its year of production or ‘vintage’. (Though laying down for 100 years is not likely to improve the chocolate!) First produced in 2002 (if memory serves ..
Pralus’ second experiment with a single-plantation chocolate (the first being the Claudio Corallo bar, which might not be called a “pure” or at least not a “classic” chocolate bar), at least if one inteprets the Chuao as a regional origin, if in a very local “region”. Interestingly, Pralus goes for a Trinitario bean in what ..
One of the most visible Fair Trade companies in the UK comes out with an ultra-percentage chocolate. Whether this is a wise thing to do with a source such as Ghana, which typically does not fare well at high percentages, is questionable. However, given Divine’s propensity to use high cocoa butter percentages, it might work. ..
Here is another business model along “fair trade” lines, but with the additional benefit of processing locally as well as sourcing responsibly. As always, there are concerns over production quality: can a country with little infrastructure to support chocolate-production and presumably minimal expertise, produce a quality chocolate, no matter how elite the origin? This remains ..
Perhaps the most exotic of Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s eating bar range, and furthest from his original Venezuelan roots. ‘Indonesian 69’ turns out to be one of the most successful of his bars though, providing interest and an authentic representation of the cacao source. We are not given too much detail about the bean source. Historically, Indonesia ..
A chance to see how the Mast Brothers approach beans that clearly display strong Criollo characteristics, particularly interesting given that they have chosen a much higher percentage than is more often applied with such stock. What with the comparatively delicate nature of the Mast treatment, the strength they have chosen and the use of minimal ..
Mast Brothers are creating a good deal of excitement in the chocolate world, with their hands-on processing, obvious care and attention to detail. Passion is an overused word in the world of fine food but one taste of this highly characteristic Madagascan offering is enough to leave no doubt as to the passion of this producer
Another of the new wave of American chocolate manufacturers. Just how many producers the available supply can support is, of course, up for question, but it’s nice to see more people giving it a go. Rogue here starts with a familiar origin, having a very broad spectrum of interpretations, so what they might have to ..
Bonnat explore all dimensions of “Porcelana” with another variant, this one from Peru. They seem to be milking the Porcelana designation for all they can get; whether this can be called such is yet again a big question. However, in taking liberties with their designations Bonnat is on familiar ground, and where it matters is ..
Felchlin Venezuelan Maracaibo sold under the Sprüngli brand. A straight moulding of the couverture, packed elegantly in two gold wrapped bars, laid in a fold out box. Very elegantly presented and nice to have two 50 gram bars in one box
After encountering extreme batch variability difficulties with their earlier Venezuela 91%, with some bars coming out fantastic and others near-inedible, Theo make another stab with the Costa Rica. The switch to the new origin indicates perhaps that the Venezuelan source they had was just too intractable, or possibly sourcing unreliability. Whatever the cause, an additional ..