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Esmeraldas

  • 2018 Academy of Chocolate, Bronze
  • 2018 Good Food Award, Winner
  • 2018 International Chocolate Awards, Americas, Micro-Batch, Bronze
  • 2018 Northwest Chocolate Festival, Gold, Best Dark Chocolate

We make this multiple award-winning bar with beans from the Salazar family farm in the Esmeraldas region of Ecuador.  The Salazars have over one hundred acres of carefully cultivated Nacional hybrid cacao trees.  The volume of beans they harvest allows them to ferment and dry the beans themselves and the level of control they have over the cacao varietals they plant, as well as their post harvest processing, results in beans of exceptional quality and flavor.  This is a well balanced bar with very low acidity, intense berry jam flavors and a long finish.

We roast the beans in small batches, using a custom roast profile we created specifically to maximize their flavor.  We stone grind the nibs in melanguers and conche for five days, using a conche profile that’s also specific to this bean.  This allows us to fully develop all of the incredible flavors.

We also freshly press the cocoa butter for this from the same Esmeraldas beans we use to make the chocolate, resulting in intense single origin flavor and exceptional smoothness.  We’re one of the only chocolate makers in the country to press our own cocoa butter, and it makes a world of difference in flavor.

For more information and pictures of our trip to Costa Esmeraldas visit our Esmeraldas page.

For more information on fine flavor cacao, our personal approach to direct sourcing and our unique chocolate making process please visit our Fine Cacao, Our Chocolate and Our Process pages.


Tasting notes:  Deep berry jam (blueberry, blackberry).  Reminiscent of cabernet grapes.

Collections:  This bar can also be found in The Complete Collection, The Signature Line Collection, The South America Collection, The Gold Winners Collection, and the World Finals Winners Collection.

 Pairings:  For cheese pairing selections please visit our Tastings & Pairings page.

Ecuador, 70% Cacao, 55g Bar

$14.00

Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Organic Sugar, Fresh Pressed Cocoa Butter
Soy Free, Gluten Free, Not Alkalized, No Lecithin, Vegan

Customer Reviews

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Henri Lipmanowicz
Perfect

Rarely does one find a chocolate (or any other product) that is “spot on perfect”: not too sweet, not too tart, not to soft, not too hard, not too much of any flavor dominating all the others, it is a pleasure to savor in small bites, slowly letting it melt on the tongue. Thank you Goodnow chocolate makers!

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Sara Handler
The best!!

Without exception the best chocolate I’ve ever had!

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The Chocolate Ambassador
Ecuador dark chocolate

Aroma: mellow notes of sweet spices, oak barrel aged, green bell pepper.
Palate: delicate and pleasant, with predominant notes of Creme de Cassis sweetness, vanilla, clove, oak barrel aged chocolate (even if it is not aged) followed by an almond-like soft nuttiness (peeled), hint of black cherry undertone and cabernet grape, green and tobacco subtleness. Low acidity, mild Bitterness, long-lasting aftertaste. I find this tasting experience very aromatic and extremely intricate.

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The Chocolate Ambassador
Ecuador 70%

Aroma: mellow notes of sweet spices, oak barrel aged, green bell pepper

Palate: delicate and pleasant, with predominant notes of Creme de Cassis sweetness, vanilla, clove, oak barrel aged chocolate (even if it is not aged) followed by an almond-like soft nuttiness (peeled), hint of black cherry undertone and cabernet grape, green and tobacco subtlness.
Low acidity, mild Bitterness, long-lasting aftertaste.
I found this tasting experience very aromatic and extremely intricate.

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Alec Mill
Very tasty!

Loads of berry and grape notes, yum!