Firetree - Dark Chocolate - Solomon Islands Makira 75%Firetree
The last island of note in the eastern region of the Solomon archipelago, the remote island of Makira - with its rich volcanic soil - provides us with a cocoa bean that has a rich and complex flavour enhanced by gentle hints of grapefruit, raisin and caramel overtones.
The last significant island in the Solomon archipelago, the remote island of Makira - with its rich volcanic soil - provides us with a cocoa bean that has a rich and complex flavour enhanced by gentle hints of grapefruit, raisin and caramel overtones.
If you take the single-track coastal road a few kilometres out of the main town of Kirakira (with its two guest houses and tiny hospital) you will discover Lucy’s cocoa farm. Here, Lucy and her all-female team grow their cocoa then combine their harvest with those of other female cocoa farmers. Lucy then takes everyone’s cocoa up to Kirakira and loads it on a boat directly from the beach. Then it is on to the main island of Guadalcanal, where she can get an internet signal and let us know that her cocoa is ready to collect.
Tasting notes: raisin, caramel, soft grapefruit. Soft grapefruit and raisin tones married with rich caramel. To enjoy fully, take time to let the flavours develop on the palate.
Cocoa solids: 75% minimum. Cocoa mass. unrefined sugar, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin. The product is made in a no-nut factory. Dairy-free.
Weight : 65 g
Hailing from the remote islands located in the Southern Pacific and Oceania, the cacao trees with their flame-hued pods grow in the Pacific Ring of Fire, some of which are right on the outskirts of massive dormant volcanoes. These cacao trees, also known as firetrees, is where Firetree got their inspiration for the brand name. These trees thrive specifically in the porous volcanic soil, which incidentally provides a distinct and unique taste to their cacao beans that make up just about 1% of the earth's cacao bean production.