Friis-Holm - Chuno 70%
Gold Medal Academy of Chocolate
Friis Holm makes 100g bars which are twice as big as many artisan bars. He is a master of the whole process starting with exceptional beans and relationships with his growers. He works closely with team managing fermentation. He is very skilled and allows his artisan spirit come out in his chocolate.
His chocolate has a beautiful and intense aroma a vainilla and steaming hot coco The taste has a wonderful complexity of earthy flavors, very gentle bitterness and wonderful creamy mouth feel. The chocolate changes in the mouth while tasting which speaks to the length and complexity of the different layers and balanced acidity of the finish. A delicious bar which is a great expression of the area of northern Nicaragua where it is grown.
Old Heirloom variety found on isolated farm in Northern Nicaragua at 800m altitude. The beans have been turned an extra time during the 5 day fermentation of the raw fresh beans, producing an incredibly smooth and gentle chocolate with a defined acidity.
About the Producer:
Friis-Holm Chocolate is founded on a positive connection between quality and ethics. The goal for us is the outstanding culinary quality but the road to that goal that leads through the people involved in the process.
Since 2003 Mikkel Friis-Holm has been working in close relation to cocoa growers and has seen the clear proportional connection between production conditions and the quality of the beans. In general, the growing of cacao is a sad story of both unfair conditions and poor quality, but this is not a law of nature.
The quality of the raw cocoa fruit is essential for the overall expression of good chocolate. We deal with our cocoa growers directly at prices, which leave a good taste in the mouth, and we are deeply involved in the fermentation and handling of the raw cocoa to achieve the maximum depth, complexity and intensity in the final product.
Our chocolates are the result of a simple set of values applied in a complex production. The production of chocolate is inevitably a multistep process. At Friis-Holm we dwell on all these steps and complexities from bean to bar. This allows us to experiment with quality to the maximum. We simply expand the limits to how far the development of the unique tastes of the beans themselves may take us. Only sugar is added in our dark chocolates. No soy lecithin, no vanilla - nothing that will intervene and affect the innate cocoa tastes.
There are at least as many cocoa varieties as there are apple varieties. When the cocoa fruits are harvested, they are cut up and beans and the pulp surrounding them are taken out. Then comes one of the most important process with regard to developing taste in cocoa: Fermentation.
During fermentation a series of process take place, which give taste to the cocoa, and a number of unwanted acids and alkaloids leave the cocoa beans or are transformed. the sugar in the pulp is transformed into alcohol which penetrates the bean and is transformed into acetic acid. Heat for the processes kills the germ in the bean and a series of enzymatic processes are at work. There are different fermentation cycles in the beans, the most important being the acetic acid fermentation and the finishing lactic fermentation.
From cocoa to chocolate
In Copenhagen we treat the fermented and dried cocoa beans to a precise process to create our chocolate.