Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bar of the Week: Valrhona Abinao

Our bar of the week is as intense, dark, and brooding as a French New Wave film star; you can almost imagine it breakfasting on cigarettes and coffee after a beat poetry all-nighter.  From French maker Valrhona, Abinao is an 85% dark chocolate made from African cacao.  It features a smooth, silky mouthfeel and meaty hints of raw coconut that sharpen into lingering, oaky tannins. 

Be sure to come by on Saturday, October 1, to try Valrhona's Abinao--especially if you've been up all night!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bar of the Week: Domori Arriba

The highly aromatic Arriba Nacional cacao bean is one of Ecuador's natural treasures.  Italian chocolate maker Domori has crafted that special cacao into our bar of the week, a mild but nuanced 70% dark chocolate made from single-origin beans.  Domori's Arriba bar is crisp and smooth, with flavor notes that might make it ideal for an indulgent breakfast:  perfectly-ripe banana, fresh citrus, and toasted hazelnuts. 

We'll be offering samples of Domori's Arriba on Saturday, September 24. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bar of the Week: Pralus' Dominican Repubic

Our bar of the week is the Republique Dominicaine from French chocolate maker Pralus.  A 75% dark chocolate is made from organic Dominican cacao, this silky smooth bar layers warm fruit flavors with intriguingly edgy notes of anise, wormwood, and tannin, which taper to a remarkably drawn-out finish.

Come by on Saturday, September 17, to savor a sample of Pralus' Republique Dominicain. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bar of the Week: Fearless' Midnight

Fearless takes a fun approach to serious chocolate.  The California-based company carefully processes its organic cacao at low temperatures, preserving more of its inherent nutrients and qualifying Fearless chocolates for "raw" status. The bars come in an elephant-adorned wrapper and with a bite already taken out, representing the 1% of its annual profits that Fearless donates to causes nominated by its customers.  

Our bar of the week is the company's 75% Dark as Midnight bar, an unflavored showcase for the earthy depths of its raw, organic cacao. 

Swing by on September 10th for a taste of of Fearless' Dark as Midnight.