Kekao September Chocolate Subscription
Let's take a closer look at what chocolates you can expect to receive this month with the Kekao Box.
Raaka is devoted to making uncommonly delicious chocolate that captures the brighter, bolder, and fruitier side of cacao. They make every bar from scratch with unroasted cacao beans, sourced from growers they trust and admire. The unique flavour of their unroasted chocolate is part place, part process. They craft their bars in celebration of each cacao origin's unique character. Their chocolate making process values the community of growers, producers, and makers whose livelihoods depend on cacao and chocolate. All of their chocolate is made from scratch, bean-to-bar, in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Super dark chocolate with an easy, ice cream-like melt and a natural, juicy sweetness from strawberries. You won’t believe they made this bar without added sugar, but they did.
Tasting notes: Juicy & Fruity
It was in April of 1954 when the master chocolatier Francesc Agrás embarked on a long journey through the best patisseries and confectioneries in Europe. His passion for excellence in artisan confectionery was the seed that led to the founding of one of the most renowned Catalan chocolate factories: Bombons Blanxart. It all started in a modest workshop in the neighborhood of Les Corts (Barcelona) and feeding a dream: bringing the best cocoa beans from Ghana, Congo, and Guayaquil to chocolate.
Feel the jungle in this intense bar! Sour citrus notes burst forth from the dark interior, mixing with a slight earthiness that gives the palate a zesty party atmosphere. Not to be missed!
Tasting notes: Citrus & Earthy
Akesson's Organic Chocolate is the first "Tree to Bar" chocolate maker. The Akesson family started with a single plantation in Madagascar. Today, Bertil Akesson has expanded the company's cacao network with plantations in Madagascar, Brazil, and Indonesia. If you tried craft chocolate or world-famous chocolatier chocolate, it is likely that it came from one of Akesson's cacao plantations. Akesson's Organic Chocolate bars have won a multitude of awards and is regarded as one of the best craft chocolate bars on the market.
Black pepper is included in naturally tart Madagascan cacao for spicy chocolate made from neighboring plants. A bar for those who love a kick. The selected pepper for this bar is grown as a natural shade for the cacao Akesson grows. Their plantation in Northwest Madagascar yields Trinitario beans that have natural spicy notes balanced by a berry-tartness from the surrounding plants and unique terroir of Madagascar.
Amano Artisan Chocolate is a small-batch craft chocolate maker based in Orem, Utah. Amano is an award-winning maker, they make all their chocolate on vintage equipment. Their small batch process allows Amano to control and observe flavor development, making each batch of chocolate not only delicious but unique.
The quality of chocolate is influenced by time and place. Flavor changes with the seasons and is intricately tied to the soil and climate. At the turn of the century, criollo cacao trees were brought from Venezuela to the island of Madagascar. Amano crafted this chocolate from beans from the offspring of these trees. The mild chocolate character comes from the trees' Venezuelan heritage. The hints of citrus come from Madagascar's soil and climate and are unique to beans from Madagascar. The marriage results in a bar of extraordinary chocolate you will love.
Tasting notes: Citrus & Floral
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.