Naive - Dark Chocolate - Kilimamwenza Congo Nano Lot 70%Naive
What is Nano_Lot?
Nano_Lot cocoas are available on an extremely limited basis and consequently only at specific times of the year, meaning once they are gone, they are gone. Those that Naive has chosen to feature boast the highest ratings, are of rarest quantities and provide a unique tasting experience. We strongly believe that these are the world's best cocoas because of the amount of R&D given to them.
This nano batch was prepared by the Cooperative UPCCO (Union des Producteurs de Cacao du Congo), located in Mambasa, Ituri province and supported by NGO Rikolto DR Congo. I have been lucky to secure the very tiny lot that was prepared by the farmers of the cooperative and then fine-tuned by mad cacao fermentation scientist and sorcerer Zoi Papalexandratou Ph.D. Let us take you on a taste experience of the deep and remote Kilimamwnza farm.
Inspired by the coffee projects of Rikolto who helped several coops to become exporters and penetrate the specialty coffee market through centralised coffee processing in micro-washing stations. The target of the cacao project is to help the cacao cooperative ferment in micro-fermentation centers, standardise and improve quality and get direct access to the fine chocolate market. Although Africa is considered to be the black sheep of cacao, the first trials of this project illustrate that very high quality can be achieved in Central Africa too. Furthermore, this batch delivers a unique flavour notes that are not easily found within more famous fine cacao origins.
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Pod: Trinitario and forastero hybrid.
Bean: Kilimamwenza cacao contains 8% of lilac beans and the rest is purple. This special batch is 230 kg of total volume and is box fermented as a single lot and the sun-dried under Zoi's supervision.
Flavour: Well-rounded flavour with creamy-dairy notes followed by some leathery and spring honey aftertaste.
Aftertaste: The slim film of chocolate covers the tongue for around 5 minutes.
Quality: Vary clean flavour profile with some pleasant astringency and bitterness.
cacao, sugar, cacao butter.
Weight: 57 g
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Very disappointing for such an allegedly unique chocolate. Lacks character and depth, no lingering flavour. Sweet to the point where it overwhelms the character of the cocoa beans. Clearly not for dark chocolate lovers.