Kekao Monthly Craft Chocolate Club - November
Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.
Beyond Good is a Brooklyn-based chocolate and vanilla company established in 2006 by two Peace Corps volunteers who served in Madagascar. The company sells a range of single-origin chocolate bars and vanilla products, sourced from Madagascar, and Uganda. All of the cocoa is certified direct trade and is sourced directly from Madagascan and Ugandan cocoa farmers.
Beyond Good Orange Zest 73%
Chocolate and citrus have been working well together for over a century, but their rich Uganda base chocolate paired with sweet bites of orange zest may be their best collaboration yet.
Tasting Notes: Citrus
“The best-kept secret of the Incas,” made at origin in Peru. Cacaosuyo are chocolate geeks’ elite rockstars. Minimally processed chocolate bars express each Peruvian cacao strain’s genetics in crystal clear surround sound. Their unrivaled attention to detail and direct trade practices are key in improving the lives of producers and preserving rare varietals that would otherwise be lost to more industrial, “productive” strains.
This bar celebrates rare cacao hidden in the Peruvian Amazon region. A unique discovery of chocolate with fully floral and pronounced fruity flavors. Made with rare Criollo cacao, a noticeably strong floral aroma persists while it melts on the palate with added fruitiness.
Tasting notes: Lavender Aroma, Bergamot, Honey & Citrus
Amedei’s journey starts with foundress Cecilia Tessieri’s small artisanal laboratory and her commitment to excellence. A search that gradually developed through study, passion, and the rediscovery of ancient processing techniques. The raw cocoa pods selected by Amedei from plantations are harvested and sent directly to Tuscany, to be turned into true art pieces by their chocolatiers, who masterfully dose and hand-process a small number of selected ingredients.
Toscano Black, the "Manifesto" dark chocolates from Amedei. These chocolates are made from a blend of Trinitario and Criollo. With different percentages of cocoa, they evoke the unique nuances of masterfully blended beans in an encounter with classic chocolate featuring a crisp cracking sound and a clean palate. The inviting, genuine aroma of the 70% blend dominates, with traces of tobacco and toasted malt in the background. The first bite offers a surprise as a powerful structured flavor makes its entrance after a delicate first impression.
Tasting notes: Tabaco & Toasted Malt
Cacao Sampaka was created to propagate the culture of cocoa, to revive chocolate tasting as a social custom, and to convey their passion for this legendary food of the gods. They handcraft chocolate from start to finish. They use real chocolate with no preservatives or coloring to create an evocative language of shapes and flavors.
Cacao Sampaka Pumpkin Seed 43%
Master Chocolatier Sergio Gil's ode to fall. Caramelized pumpkin seeds hint at their favorite seasonal gourds, contrasted by a fudgy 64% dark chocolate base. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, a mineral that keeps our neurons active. This bar is a mood-boosting treat for a dimly lit fall evening!
Tasting notes: Pumpkin
To get started with craft chocolate, start with our Kekao Box. We search the world for the finest chocolate bars and bring them right to your doorstep monthly. From rich dark Peruvian chocolate bars to new start-up chocolate bars on the come-up, you never know what you'll get inside the box! Each month we will curate 4 to 5 premium specialty-crafted chocolate bars.
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Actual chocolate received in any given month may feature different chocolates than described in this blog post.