São Tomé

by Kaoka
Info Details
Country France   
Type Dark   (75% cacáo-content; Batch L7156 3 A)
Strain Amelonado   
Source São Tomé   
Flavor Spices & Herbs   
Style Classic      
A veteran C-spotter picked up this bar for $2 figuring at that rate it was just some industrial waste disguised with an artisanal wrapper. A lowly benchmark against which to compare, during a tasting-flight, "fine chocolate" that averages ~$10 a bar nowadays.

The audience was surveyed whether those bars are 5x the quality, flavor & worth of this 2 buck chuck.

Read on for the results...
Appearance   4.1 / 5
Color: redwood
Surface: perfect mass production
Temper: on the fade
Snap: dominos
Aroma   8.8 / 10
that classic São Tomé scent
HUGE cedar in the cocoa-mud -- occupies the whole room, & hallways too
other timber lumbers in with airborne VOCs the strength of furniture polish
Mouthfeel   14.2 / 15
Texture: massive; inexorable
Melt: swollen
Flavor   44.7 / 50
cedar box chocolate hard on black cherry -> clove -> recoils with butter & copra, transmuting the dark cherry to a white lychee streak -> robusto coffee roast
Quality   17.9 / 20
This site rarely pays attention to price or packaging. Just the contents, please.

Here's a source (São Tomé) abandoned for more recent glam spots, featuring a co-op (CECAB) organized by a chocolate label (Kaoka from France) turning out true-to-origin bars that match if not beat the competition at one-fifth the price!

OK, this island used to be a slave colony &, at prices this low, evidently the co-op operates in the spirit of a non-profit charity or a religious group. C'mon now. It ain't supposed to be this good this cheap. Is this part of Macron's strategy to slash costs in order to appease the Gilet Jaunes in the streets? 'Ici, qu'ils mangent de la chocolat premium française'.

Oui, oui, oui... the detailing first-rate. Clean (enough) beans. Very French processing -- buttered up & up roasted. Its erectogenic texture -- exaggerated by sunflower lecithin, the Cialis® of chocolate -- comes randy, even absurdly obscene (re: plaisir, monsieur). Add in pinpoint placement of vanilla extract that suits São Tomé just fine &, voilà, taste buds get laid at the cost of visiting a sex worker in some so-called Third World country. Even doubling the price still amounts to a bargain.

However they do it over there on the other side of the Atlantic, SOLD.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin; Barithmetic (Cocoa mass / Butter / Sugar ratio): 9 / 13.5 / 7.5

Reviewed December 27, 2018


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