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Sierra Leone

by Moka Origins
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Dark   (+ Semi-Dark)
Strain Amazon   (Amelonado-based F1 Hybrid)
Source Sierra Leone   (Gola Rainforest; circa Kenema)
Flavor Naked   
Style Mainstream      
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New barsmith + new origin = double novelty.

Introducing Moka Origins chocolate maker, utilizing in this bar cacáo sourced from Sierra Leone -- the 50th country to enter The Chocolate Atlas.

Harvested from within the Gola Rainforest, home to birds, butterflies, former civil strife &, yes, ebola.

With peace at last & a healthier environment, cocoa flourishes right at the extreme western edge of Africa’s cocoa belt where the continent transitions from tropical sub-Saharan climate to drier desert.

In other words, fearless & hopeful.
Appearance   4.6 / 5
Color: Dark 85%: deep crimson
Coconut 64%: blushing chocolate cream
Surface: stylized branding on the mould
Temper: semi-matte
Snap: subterranean depth charge
Aroma   7.8 / 10
Dark 85%
lathered atop the wooden basal cocoa plank, a sweat gland exuding, get this, mint, camphor & eucalyptus! -> oxides nicely / cleanly

Coconut 64%
coconut butter more than coconut meat or coconut oil cut by lime + pineapple
very fine
Mouthfeel   13.1 / 15
Texture: 85%: straddles the divide between paste & cream
64%: slick
Melt: 85%: unhurried
64%: quik
Flavor   45.3 / 50
85%
easy, agreeable cocoa -> buttered chocolate -> breadfruit -> slight bittering on some wooded veneer -> tea leaf -> kola nut -> cardamom

Coconut 64%
tracks the Aroma but with mint more than lime, then pina colada
Quality   17.1 / 20
The Chocolate Complex -- simplified.

85%
Simple stuff & excellent at that. Incredibly controlled for 85%, so palatable too, thanks to a hefty cocoa butter pad.

Coconut 64%
Another deceiver but in the opposite direction of the 85%. Where that trends lighter than its content, this punches up quite dark for a meager 64%. Again, simple & true to point.

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter (for Coconut 64% add coconut)

Reviewed October 2, 2019

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