KARUNA INDIA 70%

ACADEMY OF CHOCOLATE GOLD WINNER 2020


Organic ingredients: cocoa beans, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter

Tasting notes: red fruits, caramel

GoGround beans from Kerala, India are grown in the Idukki hills. These cocoa beans have been distinguished as fine flavor, a specialty category with particular flavor attributes in addition to aspects of good traceability, good genetics, unique origins, good harvest, and post-harvest practices, higher quality, and certification. The company GoGround beans & spices ferments and dries the cocoa from more than 200 families of farmers.


Shiny and homogeneous on the surface

Brown color ****

Aroma: fruity and caramelized

Mouthfeel: warm

Texture: thick and creamy, slow melt


Snap: Hard

Structure/Hardness: *******

Texture: **** (satisfying but the palate, in the end, is not very clean)

Roundness: *******

Sweetness: *****

Aromatic finesse: ******

Acidity: ****

Astringency: ***

Bitterness: ***

Intensity: *******

Complexity: ******

Length/Aftertaste: *******


Flavor profile: very rich on the palate with a pleasant chocolatey mouthfeel. Plump notes of red fruits, caramel, spiced vegan creme brulee, slightly flowery rose undertones, candied exotic fruits, sour pineapple juicy background. Do you want to know what struck me the most about this tasting experience? The spiced creme brulee finesse, the sour complexity, and the vivid raw cacao bean aftertaste. Indeed, the aromatic bitter-earthy finish/aftertaste is a very unexpected change of pace.


The bar itself is very detailed, with an excellent dynamic range of flavors expressed in a very balanced and harmonic way. Highly recommended!


Thank you, Karuna!


Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.