Monday, October 13, 2008

Bar of the Week: Domori Puertofino

Region: Venezuela
Bean Type: Criollo
Cocoa Content: 70%

The Domori Puertofino is a great contrast to last week's Javablond. Together the two represent Domori's smooth style of chocolate making without added cocoa butter, but separately, the two types of criollo cacao are drastically different chocolates. While the strong, smokey flavor of the Javablond is present almost immediately, the Puertofino requires more careful consideration to identify the notes hidden within.

Fun Fact: Ocumare is a type of bean grown in the Ocumare de la Costa region of Venezuela. The Ocumare 67 strain of cacao used to make this bar was revived due to Domori's efforts to graft criollo subclones onto cacao trees. For those interested there is a lot of great information on grafting here.

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