Updated: Jan 29, 2021
BEAN TO BAR CAMEROOTS COOPERATIVES
DESIGN BY ANNE-MARIE PAPPAS
Ingredients: cocoa mass, sugar
The taste of this bar brings to mind the memory of a delicious chocolate cake. The cocoa beans come from Cameroots, a family-run cooperative in the heart of Cameroon. New packaging, original content! We are in the middle of the changeover, so you may still get the old packaging design. Thank you very much for your understanding!
Shiny and homogeneous on the surface
Rich dark brown color *******
Aroma: brownie-like, chocolate cookie, vanilla-flavored powdered sugar, spicy, faint fruitness
Texture: smooth and creamy
Structure: **** (hardness)
Aromatic finesse: ******
Astringency: ** (bottom of the throat)
Bitterness: ** (well balanced on the background for the intense spiciness)
Lenght: ***** (persistent aftertaste)
Flavor profile: the first quick impression on the tongue is brownie crust, and then it develops greedy notes of "Torta Pan di Stelle", cookie "Pan di Stelle", vanilla-flavored powdered sugar, sweet chocolate milk to drink (at room temperature), toasted hazelnuts, candied cherry, and banana undertones, allspice but more specifically cassia (cinnamon-like aroma with a warm, sweet, pungent taste), turmeric (pungent earthy-sweet taste), Sichuan pepper.
I am very confident about the Sichuan pepper flavor because the finish and the aftertaste of this bar are very "stimulating": spicy aromatic bitterness, numbing heat followed by citrusy mouthfeel that can be muddled with candied orange peel. Instead, I believe is more authentic and original.
In the end, I find Taucherli Chocolate not perfect because there is no such thing as "perfection" in the world. But chocolate that whispers in your ears! Each sample/origin provides different tasting notes without boring your palate, it is dynamic while sounding unforced and detailed without tearing the iridescence of taste apart. I also think that the Betulia Selection is a targeted and precise window for chocolate geeks/nerds driven by the thirst for knowledge. Meanwhile, the Cameroon bar I just reviewed is meant to please everyone.
Values expressed in stars from 1 to 8. If the bar is extraordinarily close to perfection, I can go up to 10.