Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review: Bonnat Cacao Cusco Pérou

Richard's Rating: 5.0 (previously **)

chocolate makerBonnat
barCacao Cusco
cacao trees(unknown)
size100g ~ 3.5oz
cocoa solids75%
added fatcocoa butter
other ingredients(none)
list priceN/A

colormedium brown
PANTONE 19-1317
Bitter Chocolate
texturesmooth with text imprint and scoring
aromaroast, earth, hints of fruit and nut
snapmedium hard
tasteroast, sweet (burnt caramel), bitter
finishsomewhat acidic, bitter
Lauren Adler of Chocolopolis gave me the opportunity to try this chocolate, along with two others from Bonnat, that she was considering for her store. Joining us was Emily, a staff member at the store.

In a change from its former use of traditional white and pale-colored paper, Bonnat has introduced bolder colors for these wrappers, such as the green of this one. We all liked the change.

Bonnat Cacao Cusco is a single origin bar from Peru. As with other Bonnat bars, this chocolate was made from 75% cocoa solids, with added cocoa butter and sugar. The 100 gram bar was in Bonnat's typical form, with their imprint on the larger middle piece and scored into 32 small pieces around it.

The color of this bar was a medium brown Bitter Chocolate (PANTONE 19-1317). It had a medium hard snap. The chocolate gave off a roast aroma, and we also clearly smelled earth. Other scents were less obvious, but we noticed hints of nut and fruit.

Cacao Cusco's flavor was a similarly strong roast. There was also a sweet taste of burnt caramel and an underlying bitterness.

The melt was smooth, unsurprising given Bonnat's liberal use of extra cocoa butter. The length was short, leaving a somewhat acidic and bitter aftertaste.

You can purchase Bonnat Cacao Cusco online for $12.25 from Chocosphere.

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