BOLIVIA, TRANQUILIDAD WILD HARVEST - 64% CACAO - SINGLE ORIGIN - DARK MILK CHOCOLATE - Micro-batch Collection
Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, milk powder, cocoa butter, coffee.
This is a tiny batch made with beans from Bolivia. We blended in some milk and Kona coffee from the Big Islands of Hawaii to create this Cafe Latte bar. Hope you enjoy it!
Firstly, I would like to clarify the difference between "cappuccino" and "cafe latte":
Cappuccino is an espresso coffee topped with frothed hot milk/steamed milk foam or cream. Nowadays, there are many variations that include non-dairy milk, or it can be flavored with cinnamon and cacao powder. It is also smaller in volume than cafe latte with a thicker layer of microfoam. It is originated in Italy and its word comes from the Capuchin monastic order because the color of the beverage was similar of the monks' robe. Indeed, it was precisely a monk of the order, Marco D`Aviano, and his soldiers to discover coffee in 1683 after overcoming the Ottomans in the battle of Vienna. At the time, the coffee was too strong for the Europeans palate, that is why it was diluted with cream and honey. It was first introduced in Italy in the early 20th century, then it became popular across Europe and England. Just in the 1980s arrived in America thanks to the aim of the Specialty Coffee Association in North America to promote high-quality coffee.
Cafe latte is similar to a cappuccino but it has less foamed milk and more steamed milk. The appropriate definition is a coffee drink made with espresso drink and steamed milk. The word comes from the Italian "caffe` e latte, caffellatte or caffelatte" which means "coffee and milk".
About these shining coins, I love the delicate style and the handy package choice. The crispy multiple bites mouthfeel stands against the unmistakable cooling yet stimulating effect of the milk powder which provides an intense creamy experience. The cacao origin and the Kuna Hawaiian coffee are the ultimate hides-and-seek champions crushing the expectation of a "sugary overdose". An intensely floral, nutty, caramel aroma will wind you during the tasting experience fulfilling the very highest quality cup of Kuna coffee driven by a sweet predominant character and followed by floral, nutty, caramel, chocolatey scents. Regarding the chocolate background, it creates a solid bitter slightly taste redolent of sweet dried fruits (figs and mix of cashews).
In spite of the fact that I really enjoy it, I won`t deny the lack of the authentic sweet dark brown fruits flavor of the Bolivia Wild Harvest Heirloom Tranquilidad. But, that is not necessarily a bad thing if you think the goal here was to recreate the "cafe latte" palate experience which is not exactly chocolatey or fruity in my home country.
Well done my friend LAN!