Dark Chocolate Espresso

by Santander
Info Details
Country Colombia   
Type Flavored   (Coffee; Dark 70%)
Strain Caucano   (Criollo/Pajarito)
Source Colombia   
Flavor Earthen   
Style Rustic      
Beautiful black bullet flowering in the night.
Appearance   3.7 / 5
Color: forest brown ‘n black + a drop of orange cast
Surface: poker-face; battle-scarred back
Temper: semi-gloss; other half semi-rough
Snap: quiet stealth; coarse edge
Aroma   8.6 / 10
hotly alive: cup o’ Joe & puffs of marshmallow against cocoa; shadowy herbal melissa -> tops off vanilla
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: fractured; slight grit
Melt: layered separation & distribution
Flavor   46.3 / 50
cocoa / coffee duke it out; marshmallow cloud hovers in backdrop; upper hand to café -> dives sharply into vanilla (which orchestrates so much profile) -> floral pack: 1st blush white cymes then reddens considerably around geraniums & hibiscus -> breathtaking rosewood adds heft & depth, modulated, again, by vanilla incl brief appearance by a vesicle of sarsaparilla -> coffee comes back up hazelnuts -> finishes astonishing mocha-honey syrup as cocoa, primarily a recessive trait, makes influence known, a magnetic presence felt long in the after-length w/ high-altitude Huíla espresso
Quality   19 / 20
Incredible breadth & depth. Being Colombian, Santander knows coffee & chocolate well, & apparently vanilla too - a key driver behind the flavors. Balance so true to components: bitters sit just over the horizon while butter moonshadows the acids into a lunar rainbow for harmonic convergence / A-1 tilt of the titans.

Valrhona’s Café Noir may be Tiffany class but this is the genuine article with on-the-ground dateline integrity as they say in journalism, direct from the source.


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