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 bean 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.
Origin: Rosario de Perijá, Venezuela Farms:Finca la Florida, Finca San Antonio, Finca Los Claritos, Finca San Pedro Cacao content:70% Tasting notes: cream, malt, cacao, coffee, tamarind, figs.
Cocoa, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
SOMA was conceived in the minds of a couple from Canada, who sought to find new ways of creating and enjoying chocolate. As fascinating as every definition of the word, SOMA’s creations are truly out of this world and mystical. An otherworldly experience has been curated for the recipients of their chocolates, one that transcends human comprehension.