International Chocolate Awards Winner 2018 - Worlds' Best Dark Chocolate
This bar is for those who cherish good food. In fact, for those who cherish the best food and are ready to spend on an absolutely exclusive experience. Consider this bar to be a 3 Michelin stars restaurant among chocolate bars. Its place is next to the most exquisite wines in your wine storage.
Cynthia Leund and David Castellan, the founders of Soma, had been looking for cocoa from Guasare since reading about the place in Maricel Presilla’s book "The New Taste of Chocolate". Trusted sources in Venezuela said the Guasare growing region was unstable and dangerous and that the authenticity of the bean couldn’t be verified, so they waited. Finally, in 2018, they found and bought a very small supply of Guasare growing on four diversified farms near the town of Rosario, west of Lake Maracaibo.
That variety of beans was discovered in the '90s on a small farm in the Sierra de Perijá, near the Colombian border. Cacao agronomist Humberto Reyes discovered this old, pure Criollo and named it after the Rio Guasare. Unlike Criollo types of cocoa, scientists found these plants to be very productive. They blossom in two years and produce big, hearty fruit with plump, white seeds in three years. This, in the world of cacao, is huge. The cocoa has the same beautiful, ancestral flavour profile as its Criollo relations without being fragile and hard to grow. It’s a hopeful sign for Venezuelan farmers in a time of chaos.
MAKER: Soma, Canada
COCOA ORIGIN: Rosario de Perijá, Venezuela.
COCOA CONTENT (%): 70%
WEIGHT: 65g (2.29 Oz)
AWARDS: International Chocolate Awards: 2018 World Gold, 2018 World Gold Chocolatemaker, 2018 World Gold Best in Show Dark, 2018 Americas Gold Best in Show Dark, 2018 Americas Gold Chocolatemaker, 2018 Canadian Gold Chocolatemaker Dark.
TASTING NOTES: cream, malt, cacao, coffee, tamarind, figs.
DIETARY TYPE: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan
Organic cacao, organic cane sugar.
Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct light and strong odors. Store at maximum
18 ° C in its original packaging.