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Esmeraldas

by Goodnow Farms
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Beans   
Strain EET   
Source Ecuador   (Esmeraldas)
Flavor Naked   (x Crossover)
Style Classic      
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CQ
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Gringos can take heart: they aren’t the only ones bored out of their senses these days.

Ecuadorians on the outskirts of Quito now venture into a pitch-black cave-cum-restaurant in search of dining in the dark. Just like ancient ancestors under a cloud-covered night before the invention of fire.


Blind waiters guide guests to seats around tables set with murky plates that supposedly taste ever-so-precious when diners can't see them. The possibilities (& tricks) to this blind-feeding-the-blind are limitless…

Like why bother serving real nutritious food at all? How much worse could that be than getting sick on organic burritos at Chipotle®. Or holding a talent competition on Forking in the Dark. Vegas can take bets while Wall St. opens a derivatives market attracting investors who short-profit fads, frauds, & failures. And then the proverbial, ‘waiter, there’s a cockroach in my soup… how can you be sure? I can’t see one’.

Yum, poncey food fetish. Navel gazing – inhale. Tongue grazing -- open wide. Ahhh. Oooo. Courses in self-indulgence. Expanded. Coming soon to an Ivy League cafeteria.

Since food, music & sex go so well together, add ear-buds to the sensation. Whips & chains soon follow. Wow, what a mind-fuck pairing. Perfect.

And afterwards… ‘Huh, whachaya have in mind for a night cap?’
Appearance   4.8 / 5
Color: Nut Seed: russet shells; blackened-brown Nibs
Bar: raven brown
Surface: Nut Seed: some jumbos
Bar: precision moulding with eddying swirl-pools out back
Temper: Nut Seed: n/a
Bar: supreme confidence... no need to preen
Snap: Nut Seed: n/a
Bar: a cracker
Aroma   7.6 / 10
Nut Seed
arid save for a citrus-sour backdraft

Bar
70% cacáo-content
if Goodnow's Ucayali forms a hopped-up brew in a bar, this goes all kraut, the makings of a reuben sandwich on breadfruit in a stone mill
Mouthfeel   12.3 / 15
Texture: Nut Seed: bring choppers
Bar: bit stiff upper lip
Melt: Nut Seed: melt... what melt?
Bar: strength in slowness
Flavor   47 / 50
Nut Seed
caramelized candied banana (superb) ->: metallic rod -> that citrus-sour in the Aromatics expresses rear tang -> walnuts

Bar
tannic cocoa -> brief sweet spot (sapote) -> hash brownie -> black mission fig -> granite flints spark off all-spice -> the sum total mimicking Fig Newton® -> fine stringent grip to finish
Quality   17.8 / 20
Esmeraldas -- one of the chocolate grand perennials. This allotment owes more to terroir than the traditional varietal from here. Either way, Goodnow treats it respectfully.

Easy & accessible yet imposing in character & gravitas. Surprising intensity, for instance, for Esmeraldas. Similar to how the Patriots in Goodnow's home-state of Massachusetts make Super Bowls appear simple. Oh, don't kid yourselves, kiddies. Unless you've the equivalent of B3 lined up on one side of the field (Bob Karft, Belichick & Brady), your score may vary.

Simply great.

Improve the ancillaries (re: Texture with the caveat that that may be a function of weather &/or storage) & this shall be hoisting titles.

INGREDIENTS:
Nut Seed -- whole seed
Bar: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed December 20, 2017

  

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