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Country USA   
Type Nibs   (Choc-covered)
Strain Hybrid   (Nacional / CCN-51)
Source Ecuador   
Flavor Earthen   (+ Fruits/Flowers)
Style Rustic      
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CQ
Sweetness
Acidity
Bitterness
Roast
Intensity
Complexity
Structure
Length
Impact
A terra-bite in a nano-seed
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: omega brown
Surface: pellets
Temper: semi-glazed
Snap: n/a
Aroma   9.2 / 10
balanced contrast of acrid cocoa + a sweet mix of black (berry), yellow (pineapple), orange (papaya) & red (rose) surrounded in diesel fumes
Mouthfeel   13.1 / 15
Texture: excellent dichotomy between soft glaze cover & crunching nib kernals
Melt: collapses evenly though never disintegrates completely as fragments remain along w/ trademark Ecuador astringency
Flavor   46.4 / 50
bumps out orange spray -> mango -> chocolate bang -> nuts (pecan / brazil) -> powerfully sinuous subsoil elements (especially truffled mushrooms get a little wormy) -> goes out on a good bitter hit; blackberry carnation in the everlasting after-math
Quality   18.7 / 20
From a line that’s about as predicable as a lotto scratch-card, these consistently standout. Strikes a nice midpoint between Santander’s stylized candied nibs & Theo’s crude-fiber; basically a drier/darker shade of Coppeneur’s from the same origin. Earthen components cuffed in enough sugar (perhaps a few grams too many) plus a very sure-handed roast tweaks out all those detectable nut tones of exceptional clarity while leaving some acids to bracket the progression in fruit at the opening & closing measures for a taste that has Ecuador all over it.

ING: cocoa beans, cocoa mass, sugar

  

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