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PORCELANA
Lighter Roast
Darker Roast

by Georgia Ramon
Info Details
Country Germany   
Type Semi-Dark   (+ Dark)
Strain Porcelana   
Source Venezuela   
Flavor Naked   
Style Classic      
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That (in)famous German, Friedrich Nietzsche, said that in heaven all the interesting people are missing.

If true, that leaves a clear choice. Stick to Earth, dear friends; hell is forevermore overcrowded.

Yeah, hunger pangs strike from Appalachia to Zimbabwe. So let's go to the Fancy Food Show where miles upon aisles of free giveaway calories dispel, seemingly, all notions of starvation anyplace in the world. Though by no means malnutrition. Thank you agribiz & fast-food franchises, Ahhh, the wonders of superseeds, hi-tech breeds, Roundup® & fertilizers.

But logistics & distribution can still be a bitch. Damn it.

Georgia-Ramon, operating in Bonn, Germany, understands as much, procuring these gem nuggets of cocoa nuts from the current political dystopia aka Venezuela.
Appearance   3.8 / 5
Color: Lighter Roast: shady pink
Darker Roast: pitch-shadow
Surface: rippling undulations on the backside
Temper: temperate
Snap: ear-splitter
Aroma   8.4 / 10
Lighter Roast
gentle contouring... light / soft woods (bamboo; laurel) -> floral top-note air (on some evasive linalool) above a fruited plume tucked under by, strange for Porcelana, tobacco-leather wisps

Darker Roast
simple yet pure chocolate goodness -> nuts (mac + peanut skins) / cream under-tow -> exquisitely light flint wood
Mouthfeel   12.2 / 15
Texture: nano-granular velour
Melt: plush swells
Flavor   46.7 / 50
Lighter Roast
chocolate in its pop guises (cocoa / brownies / fudge), bang-on full -> flirting strawberry smothered in the developed brownness -> cream 'n suga', side macadamia -> rear bittersweet roasted almond

Darker Roast
cocoa flints spark all over the place -> dark forest honey -> black strawberry -> torrified nuts / back char teetering on robusto coffee -> deep roasted marshmallow crust
Quality   17.1 / 20
Lighter Roast
So very streamline & steady. Linear to a point of rich chocolate. Yeah, a variance or two along the way, but thru & thru chocolate.

Darker Roast
Some serious, rare punching power for the varietal. About the darkest Porcelana on record in a wink & a nod to this barsmith's former label -- Coppeneur. Roasted with a stern but well-guided hand. Georgia Ramon's bid for infernal temptation. In so doing the heat really elongates the length of an traditionally shorter flavor concourse. Virtually spans a Dark-Milk verging on Brut.

Either way -- Lighter or Darker -- demonstrates Porcelana's near infinite singularity. Its consistency within malleability; its enduring character passed thru control variables. Summons & sums up 'pedigree'.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter

Reviewed September 12, 2017

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