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Ecuador’s Chocolate Secret Is a Sustainable Reality 2/5

09 Jun

Ecuadorian chocolatiers making inroads internationally and in the United States include:

I’ve come to admire Pacari chocolate not only for their innovative organic chocolate products, but also for their active and seemingly ever-expanding social programs .  I’ve also been intrigued by the fact their chocolate is single-origin Ecuadorian as well as organic, a combination that you don’t see often.  This is reflected in their name – the word Pacari means “Nature” in Quechua, the indigenous language of Ecuador.

When Santiago Peralta and Carla Barboto created Pacari Chocolate, they wanted to build a business based on socially and environmentally sustainable principles to ensure that their products supported the Ecuadorian eco-system as well as local communities.  It’s no surprise that all of their products are fair trade and certified organic.  But Pacari takes it further by taking on a number of community outreach programs.

Pacari Raw Organic Chocolate 70% Cacao

WHAT:  Pacari Ecuadorian Chocolate, Organic Raw Chocolate, 70% Cacao. USDA Certified Organic. 50g bar. Ingredients: cacao beans, evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter, sunflower lecithin.  Dairy and soy free. Where to buy  www.patisserievercruysse.be

AROMA: Wow.  A robust blast of cocoa, cantaloupe melon, hay, tobacco

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Cigarette paper, mushrooms.  Fairly closed upfront, but what happens next is exciting.

MIDDLE TASTE:  Bright fruit reminiscent of Taza Chocolate, citrus, blueberries, raspberry preserves, orange blossom.

FINISH:  Mixed berries fade to lemon, spiced tea, faint vanilla and finally spongecake.  Medium length finish.

TEXTURE:  Unyielding to melting on the tongue at first.  A slight bit chewy, but the snap was fine.  You need to chew it a bit to start it melting, then you will find a smooth texture to coat your tongue.

Pacari Chocolate ( http://www.pacarichocolate.com : ), an Ecuadorian family-owned company credited for developing the first single-origin chocolate made entirely in Ecuador. Pacari, which means “nature” in Quechua, an indigenous language of Ecuador, uses 100 percent organic ingredients to ensure safety to Ecuador’s environment and is USDA Organic certified.

Thanks to Walter from http://kokobuzz.wordpress.com/about/  and his sharing that passion with us.

 

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