Akesson - Brazil 75% Forastero & Coffee Nibs
3 Star - Great Taste Award, and a Top 50 winner (out of over 10,000 products)
Gold Medal - Academy of Chocolate
There is a lot more tannins and bitterness coming from the forastero and coffee inclusion (but in a pleasant way). With 75% Cocoa and 5% Coffee, the sweetness is shoved way to the background. A great replacement for an espresso in the morning.
In April 2009, Bertil Akesson, Jr. and his Brazilian partner Dr. Angelo Calmon de Sa, purchased the historic Fazenda Sempre Firme in Bahia, Brazil. This 120 ha cocoa plantation is right in the middle of the Mata Atlantica, the wild forest with the highest biodiversity on earth. They were able to recreate a social structure and their best reward is to hear the community referring to the Fazenda as a “Paraiso” (paradise). They are growing there the traditional and astonishing forastero cocoa variety called “parasinho” that made the glory of Bahia at the beginning of the 20th century. This chocolate has expressive notes that evoke wood, autumn scents and the local pitanga fruit; a perfect match to the aromatic notes of honey, malt and maple syrup present in their Brazilian Bourbon coffee nibs.