Friday, September 17, 2010

Review: Coppeneur Chuao

Lindy's Rating: 8.5 (previously ***)
Richard's Rating: 8.5 (previously ***)

chocolate makerCoppeneur
cacao treesCriollo & Trinitario
size50g ~ 1.8oz
cocoa solids70%
added fat(none)
sweetenercane sugar
other ingredients(none)
list price$7.95

colormedium brown
texturesmooth surface, pleasant crunch
aromafruit (plum, berry), sweet, earth
snapmedium hard
tasteplum, hint of ginger, tart
Yesterday we tasted two bars with cocoa from Venezuela: the Coppeneur Chuao and the Amedei Chuao. Chuao is a village in Venezuela renown for its quality cacao plantations, including many Criollo trees.

The Coppeneur Chuao comes in a black package sealed with a bit of gray wax stamped with the Coppeneur icon. Inside the package is a small 40-page informative booklet about cacao trees, planting regions, the plantations used by Coppeneur, and their chocolates. The bar is wrapped in plastic and has a pretty design with an opened cacao pod in relief on the surface.

Lindy and I both liked this simplest of chocolate bars, made only of cocoa solids and cane sugar. The flavors within this creamy cocoa were somewhat elusive, and we had trouble finding good descriptions, even with a reference list of potential flavors. Plum seemed closest, but not quite right. The pleasant finish was not at all bitter, but was still somewhat sharp, so tart seemed the best word to describe it.

I'll post about the Amedei bar next.

UPDATE: As of 17 April 2013, Coppeneur is not selling the Chuao bar.

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