A Brief Tour of Italy: Specialty Coffee

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Italy is a country of tradition, that much is clear visiting the long heralded espresso culture prevalent in Naples. There’s a love of coffee, but one that’s steeped in the nostalgic rituals of short pulled espresso shots and moka pots. That’s slowly changing and more and more single origin espresso and even filter coffee is beginning to peak through the menagerie of counter top standing espresso bars where coffees are drunk as quickly as they are made. A caffe e cornetto is certainly not disappearing anytime soon, but for those looking for a little something more there’s a bunch of passionate individuals willing to bridge that gap.  Continue reading

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Amedei Toscano Black 70% 84.5/100

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This bar is made from a blend of trinitario and criollo cocoa beans, roasted and processed by Amedei. Once grown and shipped to Tuscany in Italy, Cecilia Tessieri and her team begin work on processing the beans and turning them into one of Amedei’s Toscano range. Continue reading

Åkesson’s Madagascar Befojo Estate 43% White Chocolate 86/100

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This bar is made using trinitario beans grown from saplings that originated in Java, on Betrtil Akesson’s Befojo farm in the fertile Sambirano valley located in the north west of Madagascar. Once harvested these beans are processed by the farm’s owner Bertil Åkesson in Notting Hill, London. Continue reading

Willie’s Cacao Venezuelan ‘El Blanco’ 36% Raspberries & Cream 86/100

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This bar is made using single origin cocoa butter from Venezuela, with the inclusion of raspberries. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. Continue reading

Willie’s Cacao ‘Milk of the Stars’ Indonesia Surabaya 54% Dark Milk 89.5/100

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This bar is made using the Javan light breaking bean named after Surabaya city port in the north of East Java, the same beans that are used in Willie’s 69% dark bar. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. Continue reading

Willie’s Cacao Venezuelan Rio Caribe 44% Milk Passion Fruit 85.5/100

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This dark milk bar is made using the same beans in Willie’s Rio Caribe 72% dark bar and 44% dark milk, this time adding some passion fruit. Rio Caribe beans are grown in the north east of Venezuela from in and around a small fishing town to the east of Carupano, the larger and former designation town. Having been rebranded as Rio Caribe after Carupano fell out of favour due to its trinitario heritage, owing to its proximity to Trinidad and Tobago, when compared with its western criollo competition, Rio Caribe has now found favour again in chocolate circles. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Uffculme, a small town in Devon to Willie’s factory, where using antique machinery Willie begins the process of turning them into one of his delectable single estate cacao bars. Continue reading