Rio Nuevo Ecuador 80% 89.5/100

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This bar is made using arriba nacional cocoa from the Los Rios region of Ecuador. Once harvested the beans are supplied to Andres and Sara in Cornwall where they are turned into one of Rio Nuevo’s single plantation chocolate bars. Continue reading

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Solkiki Yirgacheffe Coffee & Redskin Peanut White 38% 91.5/100

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This bar is made using cocoa butter, redskin peanuts and blended with single origin coffee from Yirgacheffe in Ethiopia. Once harvested and processed they are shipped to Iris and Bob in Dorset, where foregoing their degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, they instead turn their passion and skills to turning these beans into one of their vegan chocolate bars. Using cobbled together equipment at their dedicated chocolate workshop, they stonegrind their chocolate using intensive labour in place of high tech gadgetry to produce their craft chocolate. Continue reading

Rio Nuevo Ecuador 72% 90/100

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This bar is made using arriba nacional cocoa from around Vinces in the Los Rios region of Ecuador. Once harvested the beans are supplied to Andres and Sara in Cornwall where they are turned into one of Rio Nuevo’s single plantation chocolate bars

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Solkiki Peru Maranon 71% with Union Rwanda Maraba Coffee 89.5/100

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This bar is made from Organic fortunato No.4 cacao beans, considered to be a pure Nacional bean from the Marañón river canyon of Peru, where they are grown at notably high altitudes and blended with Union Coffee Roasters Maraba coffee from the Huye region of Rwanda. Once harvested and processed they are shipped to Iris and Bob in Dorset, where foregoing their degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, they instead turn their passion and skills to turning these beans into one of their vegan chocolate bars. Using cobbled together equipment at their dedicated chocolate workshop, they stonegrind their chocolate using intensive labour in place of high tech gadgetry to produce their craft chocolate. Continue reading

Solkiki Panama Bocas Del Toro 51% Soy Dark Milk 85/100

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This bar is made with trinitario and criollo beans that come from the most westerly tip of Panama, from Bocas Del Toros Island. Once harvested and processed they are shipped to Iris and Bob in Dorset, where foregoing their degrees in Clinical Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction, they instead turn their passion and skills to turning these beans into one of their vegan chocolate bars. Using cobbled together equipment at their dedicated chocolate workshop, they stonegrind their chocolate using intensive labour in place of high tech gadgetry to produce their craft chocolate. Continue reading

London Coffee Festival 2018 Part 2

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I hadn’t met the Roasting Shed before, they’re from East London – which somehow seems appropriate – and they roast coffee, but without a shop space of their own to sell it through, a bit like how coffee roasters used to be. It’s not often you meet ‘local’ roasters at somewhere like London Coffee Festival, so it seemed appropriate to work my way through the three immediate filters they had available to try. Passed three cups, a washed San Roque, from Huila in Colombia, another washed Wegida Blue from Yigacheffe in Ethiopia and finally a third washed, the Ragati from Kibirigwi in Kenya, it was time to sample three seasonal, but somewhat archetypal coffees – they’re the kind of origins you become accustomed with early on in coffee. The Colombian had a fairly typical coffee flavour, easy going, the kind that works well when introducing newcomers to the world of specialty coffee and following on the Ethiopian was in direct contrast, a brighter more acidic coffee with distinct floral notes and a much lighter body, tasting very purple in flavour. Finally I was left with the Kenyan, a more complex darkly sweet coffee, with those winey like qualities you get from so many Kenyans, probably the best of the three, but at the same time the least accessible. No doubt a set of coffees that will be cropping up around cafes in the East London area now. Continue reading