Cacaosuyo Peru Lakuna 70% 87.5/100


Based in Lima, Peru, chocolate makers Cacaosuyo use Peruvian beans to make their chocolate bars, with the whole tree to bar process taking place in the cocoa’s country of origin, before the finished product is shipped worldwide to be eaten. These beans come from the Amazon forests in the Peruvian Jungle located towards the central eastern mainland. Cacaosuyo like to test all the beans they use for genetics and are pretty particular about which trees get harvested and with these beans being somewhat difficult to get to, it’s pretty clear that they’re not using these beans by accident.


I’ve had the pleasure of trying Cacaosuyo’s Peru Piura bar before and so I’ve experienced the robust and flavourful style of Cacaosuyo’s bars before. Packed full of flavour, not exactly subtle, but not without quality, the Piura was a pleasure to eat. This their Lakuna offering is different, made from cacao grown in a different region of Peru, there’s a different set of flavours to enjoy from a completely different terroir. With that in mind I’m not entirely sure what to expect in the flavour category, I’m limited to an expectation of style after trying previous bars from the chocolate maker. Unwrapping the bar I’m surprised to find it so dark, which I assume must be the result of a darker roast, I can’t help but begin to adjust my expectations, expecting a set of dark sugars in the sweetness category. Giving off dried fruit, tobacco and balsamic aromas, it’s clear this bar is likely to offer some aged tones in its flavours alongside some acidity from the ferment. I’m surprised upon tasting to find less acidity than the aroma had given credit for, although much of the aged or dried fruit notes have reappeared, just in a slightly lighter manner, only made darker by the expected dark sugar tones. There’s some complexity and dimension here in the top notes, with the bar giving off some light citrus and floral tones fleetingly, before heading down to the dry orange peel finish. This bar is enjoyable and reminds me a lot of a buttered, honey toasted raisin loaf, but it lacks some of the character and honesty of Cacaosuyo’s Piura bar. You could argue that this just offers something different, something more in line with a few of the darker Careneros I’ve tried, something for those who like barrel aged spirits and flavours of Christmas. This to me is the darker half of Cacaosuyo’s offering, distinctly different from the Piura, while maintaining Cacaosuyo’s feel and continuining their quality dedication to Peruvian cacao.

Ingredients: cocoa mass and sugar

Appearance 8.5/10

Colour: Darker brown, light purpling
Texture: Smooth, some light flake, weathered granite
Mould: Cacaosuyo split triangle squares
Snap: Crisp, thick
Temp/Shine: Glossy

Aroma 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Notes: Raisin, dried cherry, tobacco, balsamic, cherry syrup
Quality: Deep, robust, earthy

Melt/Mouthfeel 9/10

Length: Long, firm
Evenness: Even
Texture: Syrupy, honey on toast, buttery
Quality: Heavy, dense

Acidity 8/10

Intensity(0-10): 4
Notes: Cherry, orange rind, pink grapefruit
Quality: Dark, underpowered

Sweetness 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 7.5
Notes: Cherry syrup, dark honey, date syrup
Quality: Developed, dark

Flavour 9/10

Intensity(0-10): 9
Type: Sweet, bitter
Notes: Dried raisin, dried cherry, cherry blossom, dark honey
Quality: Deep, dimensioned high notes

Length 8.5/10

Flavours are heavy and sit quite firmly in the middle, they last a while, but can be a little short in the round

Finish 9/10

Notes: Dark honey, date syrup, sweetened orange peel, dry
Quality: Dark sugar tones fill the end before a dry finish full of sweetened orange peel that lingers on after the finish

Balance 8.5/10

Dense structure provides plenty of stability, but not an overt harmony, acidity is a bit overwhelmed, but otherwise bar remains mostly in balance

Overall 9/10

Bar has depth of flavour and some dimension to it, especially in the higher notes, there is a small degree of complexity which is well balanced, structure is strong and consistent and expression seems honest of terroir, roasting and processing

Tasting Notes: Our passion to explore new adventures and chocolate brings us this wonderful cacao that is found hidden in difficult to reach Amazon forests within the rich jungle of Peru, to transform into an exquisite dark sweetness full of floral notes that intimately combine with fruits and make this a new experience for those of us who dream of deliciously different flavours. We call it Lakuna.


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