Despite only having two ingredients; cacao and unrefined cane sugar, this single-origin Nicaragua 71% dark chocolate bar offers notes of caramel and spice before leaving nutty and chocolatey flavours lingering on the palette.
Kuskawas means "Yellow turtle River" in Sumu language (an indigenous community from Matagalpa, Nicaragua).
We really enjoyed this bar's flavour journey. We paired it with a washed rind cheese and over time the flavours we experienced changed a lot, and revealed the wonderful complexity of this bar and it's fine flavour cacao. It's the kind of bar you could really impress friends with and teach them about bean to bar fine chocolate.
Rios de Agua Viva Cooperative, Rancho Grande.
Rancho Grande (big ranch) is a municipality in the Matagalpa (pron. "Matayalpa") region of Nicaragua. A place with extensive forests, rivers, waterfalls and the kind of beautiful geography well suited for ecotourism.
According to Wiki, Rancho Grande is the most agriculturally diversified region of Nicaragua, "producing coffee, cattle, milk products, vegetables, wood, gold, flowers" as well as the incredible cacao that went into this bar.
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.