Inside a dark chocolate cocoa shaped shell, decorated with orange and yellow tints, Sacha´s fine cocoa interpretation is discovered. At least this is what Chef Andrea López tells us about her latest creation for República del Cacao chocolate-boutiques:
“I’m looking to rebuild Sacha´s fine cocoa complex flavors in a dessert that reflects the cocoa truly amazing delicacy. You do not expect to find the flavors you feel on the palate when you taste it.”
This delicacy called Cacao de Origen looks like a sculpture and a dessert at the same time. On the inside, visible between two halves of cocoa pods, it carries pure cocoa powder crumble, pineapple and cinnamon compote, accompanied by a 75% dark chocolate cremeux. And it is this particular chocolate that attracts our attention.
Dark chocolate, known for intense flavors, acid profiles and floral notes; tend to be preferred by chocolate connoisseurs. But when you try República del Cacao´s Amazonía 75% dark chocolate, you have to make a pause. It´s flavor fineness and clear notes of almonds, nuts and dried fruits are difficult to understand in a chocolate with such a high percentage of cocoa solids. One cannot believe such delicate flavor in a dark chocolate.
The subtleness of this chocolate is due in large part to the cocoa with which it is produced, Sacha fine cocoa, from the “La Joya de los Sachas” in Orellana province. A particular fine cacao with orange and warm reddish tones, harvested in small farms that share unique micro-climate, is the outcome of years of work by farmers who have taken care of this small treasure, that has spent much of its existence hidden in the northwest part of the Ecuadorian Amazon.
On the other hand, the velvety texture of the finished chocolate and the recipe that is required for its creation is achieved thanks to a careful process of development and ex-ceptional taste, which makes it a delicacy of special characteristics, surprising, unique.
Along with Chef López, two women carry forward the development and future of this chocolate, of the soil in which it grows, and the people who harvest and care for Sacha´s fine cacao: Anais Leroux, our expert in Research and development, and Marisol Choez, our field technician in the Amazon project. Anais works in the development and creation of República del Cacao´s chocolates, and Marisol in opening agricultural development spaces, hand in hand with farms with which the brand works in the Amazon.
The agricultural horizon of fine cocoa in our region and each of the provinces that produce it, are a focus of special interest and effort as part of a company that step by step opens spaces for collaboration between farmers, entrepreneurs and chocolate lovers. The investment and social responsibility that today forms an intrinsic part in the relationship between producer and consumer are an axis that guides the brand steps in printing its vision of the future. The care for the land that is harvested, the nature that surrounds it and the people who work it, are now more than ever a duty that should not be neglected.
República del Cacao promotes this new collaborative model and its vision of the future by creating strong relationships with farmers, entrepreneurs and chefs that promote fine cacao protection. Implementation of agricultural programs, payment of fair prices, and local development with global reach, foster a community that knows no borders and unites chocolate lovers from all over the world. The added value of chocolate goes beyond its production and origin, today it focuses on its people, its environment and creativity, breaking down barriers and creating a more just environment around the fine cocoa of origin.
Andrea, Anais and Marisol are an essential part of República del Cacao´s effort, women who lead and promote local changes with global impact. Their work reaches thousands of people in fields, chocolate boutiques and kitchens around the world. They are a positive force that generates a positive change, promoting entrepreneurship and fine cocoa´s protection in our region.
Being part of this nation without borders, is in fact a pleasure, you just need to just taste its chocolates. We invite you to enjoy the outcome of the collaboration between these three amazons and a whole group of people passionate about chocolate. Join La República del Cacao at our stores in: Mall El Jardin Scala Shopping, Quito´s Old City, Plaza Foch and in more than 15 chocolate-boutiques around the country.
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