International Chocolate Awards - World Silver Award 2017
International Chocolate Awards - Triple MMM Judges Award 2017
International Chocolate Awards - USA Gold 2017
International Chocolate Awards - Americas Silver 2017
Academy of Chocolate 2017 Gold Award Winner
I first tasted this bar when David Menkes and I attended a chocolate making session together with Colin Gasko of Rogue Chocolate. This first harvest bar was clearly a work of passion with depth of mocha and bright citrus acidity. This late reserve bar matches the beauty of the original effort with mild tannins and bitterness while adding a hint of fennel to this 70% bar. It has great length of flavor lingering on the tongue for a full minute or more. This is a wonderful creation deserving special attention.
Star Anise, Mocha, Pepper, Cedar
Ingredients: Cacao beans, Organic Unrefined Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter
Late one night in the summer of 2015, we roasted a test batch from the first-ever harvest of Ucayali River Cacao. These beans came from a region of Peru not normally associated with great cacao. But here we knew we had something special, thanks to the exacting standards of award-winning cacao expert Daniel O’Doherty. Ucayali River Cacao pays farmers a premium for their best work, and the level of dedication and care in the processing has been unlike any we have ever seen. We have strived to bring that same level of care to this bar.
We’re proud to bring back this most unique and interesting chocolate; one that must be savored and enjoyed with quiet contemplation.
About the Producer:
David and Corey Menkes love good chocolate, and similar to coffee or wine, they want to share the subtle differences of each chocolate region. To that end, they source and roast cacao beans that are truly exceptional – not only in flavor, but featuring a truly ethical, sustainable supply chain. They travel to meet farmers in person at the source – Guatemala, Belize, Dominican Republic, and beyond. LetterPress believes that the quality of Cacao fruit is the future, and they have focused on a select group of farms that they truly believe in – not just buying cacao, but actually investing with them and taking an active role in cultivation. Sending equipment and expertise on site, their goal is to make the best chocolate in the world, in a fully sustainable and transparent way.