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

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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

Chocolat Bonnat Indonesia Surabaya 65% Dark Milk 91/100

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This bar is made using cocoa beans from the island of East Java, named after the city port of Surabaya. Once harvested the beans are shipped to Voiron in France where Stephane Bonnat turns it into one of his ‘Les Grand Crus’. Chocolat Bonnat have too much history and expertise to write about here, but have a plethora of information available on their website http://www.bonnat-chocolatier.com/fr including an ungodly array of single origin and grand cru chocolate bars for you to marvel at.  Continue reading

Willie’s Cacao ‘Milk of the Gods’ Venezuela Rio Caribe 44% Dark Milk 91/100

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This dark milk bar is made using the same beans in Willie’s Rio Caribe 72% dark bar. 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

Valrhona Lait Tanariva 33% 82/100

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This bar is made with beans from Madagascar. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Le Harve and then driven to Tain-l’Hermitage, part of the Rhone Valley, an area particularly famous for growing wine, where Valrhona turn them into one of their Grand Cru chocolate bars. Continue reading

Valrhona Lait Jivara 40% 82.5/100

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This dark milk bar is made using a blend of cocoa beans. Once harvested these beans are shipped to Le Harve and then driven to Tain-l’Hermitage, part of the Rhone Valley, an area particularly famous for growing wine, where Valrhona turn them into one of their Grand Cru chocolate bars. Continue reading

Moser Roth Ghana 35% Dark Milk 82.5/100

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This dark milk bar is made using beans from Ghana. Once harvested these beans are shipped to the Reinickendorf borough of Berlin where they are processed by Moser Roth. Moser Roth has been owned by parent company Storck since 2007. All of Moser Roth’s chocolate is UTZ certified and you can read more about what it means to be ‘UTZ certified’ at https://utz.org/

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