Although the conditions in Venezuela are currently intense, politically charged and also difficult for many people on a personal level, it remains a country famous for its great cocoa. Of course … all tensions make it harder to trade, and the cocoa also suffers. Fortunately it is still there, because in connoisseurs circles Venezuela is still known as a beautiful cocoa country.
One of the most famous cocoa origins is Chuao. A village where 20 tons of cocoa comes from. Of the highest quality. Not only the cocoa (trees) themselves are good Trinitario & Criollo varieties, but also harvesting and fermenting and drying are done with care and knowledge.
It does not often happen that a small cocoa village gets wikipedia, but in this case there is even a fairly extensive article there. There you can also read that since 2014 there has been an exclusive collaboration between the Empresa Campesina of Chuao – who harvest the cocoa – and Tisano. This is how this cocoa ultimately ends up with only a few chocolate makers. Of course at a substantial surcharge for the exclusivity and quality. Not the least … from Soma (hurray!) To Alain Ducasse, Idilio, Patrice Chapon, Pierre Marcolini and Rozsavolgyi.
Anyway, Georg Bernardini was also allowed to venture into this cocoa and give his own interpretation.
Taste note from the maker: Red currant, plums. With notes of licorice and molasses.
Cocoa: Trinitario (Chuao)
Ingredients: cocoa liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter.
Allergy note of the maker: may contain traces of milk and nuts.