Craft Chocolate Bar - Semuliki Forest, Uganda
This 72% dark chocolate was hand crafted from raw cacao and organic sugar in Topeka, KS.
Located in Bundibugyo District in Western Uganda, Semuliki Forest National Park is one of the newest national parks in Africa. The park receives almost 50 inches of rain per year and has one of the richest areas of floral and faunal diversity in Africa, with bird and butterfly species being especially diverse. Semuliki Forest cacao is grown by 1,002 organic smallholder farmers, 52% of whom are women. Due to the cooler wet climate, this cacao box ferments from 5.5-6.5 days creating a unique milky flavor note.
Awards: 2021 Chocolate Alliance Awards Silver
Bean Origin: Bundibugyo District in Western Uganda
Harvest Year: 2021
Ingredients: Roasted Cacao, Organic Sugar
Vegan: (Yes or No): Yes
Roast Profile: Medium
Conche Time: ~2.5 days
Cocoa Content: 72%
Cacao Variety: Mostly Trinitario and Amelonado
Tasting Notes: The chocolate has the aroma of fresh butter with mild floral notes. Because of the high intrinsic coco butter content, the chocolate has a creamy texture. The flavors are mocha and floral with a milky over tones (yes, it's like eating hot chocolate in a bar). There is very mild bitterness and this bar is easily approachable by folks who are hesitant about "dark" chocolate. This finish is clean with very mild astringency.
Pairing Suggestions: Cline Old Vine Zinfadel and Savory foods