Despite only having two ingredients; cacao and unrefined cane sugar, this single-estate "Delia Chuncho" Peru 81% dark chocolate bar offers floral aromas of geranium as well as tasting notes of dark red fruits, black tea and walnut.
The cacao for this chocolate comes from Peru from the Cuzco region in the Amazon region. Also in the area is Cuzco, the former capital of the Inca Empire and later the center of Spanish colonial rule. Some of the cacao still grows wild in remote regions. It is harvested, fermented and dried by indigenous people. The cacao is also called Urkakao and is very rare.
The plantation where it was grown belongs to a woman farmer called Delia, a member of the Asociación de Productores de cacao del VRAE. Her farm is at a higher altitude than the other Ara Chocolat works with, and the cacao pods are different (they go from red to yellow when they are ripe, while the other Chunchos that Ara have seen go from green to yellow). The flavour profile is more fruity and floral and doesn't have the spice notes from the other Chuncho beans that Ara have procured through the Asociación.
Cooperative: Asociación de Productores del VRAE
Ara Chocolat, founded by Venezuelan couple Andrés and Sabrina, are a Parisian bean to bar chocolate factory and interestingly one of the few chocolate roasters in France.
Ara Chocolat produce exclusively single-origin dark chocolate. Their cacao beans are chosen and purchased via direct-trade by master chocolatier, Andrés, from small producers and co-operatives in different Latin American countries. This allows them to pay farmers a premium price and ensure exceptional quality is paramount at every step from bean to bar.
Ara Chocolat really take you on a journey with their chocolate, showcasing the qualities of each cacao variety and the importance of preserving native and ancestral cacao varieties. Their single-origin fine chocolate possesses complex flavour journeys and lingering notes sure to impress.
Cacao, unrefined cane sugar and cacao butter.