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BRAZIL
Sea Salt
Toffee Almond
Lemon Ginger

by Moka Origins
Info Details
Country USA   
Type Flavored   
Strain Hybrid   (Amelonado-based)
Source Brazil   (Pará)
Flavor Earthen   (x Spices/Herbs)
Style Rustic      
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Current populism feels heated / divisive. It even spills over into the debatable science & gut-wrenching politics of modern food fights -- the kind most people thought they left behind in middle-school.

Apparently Jeff Abello & Crew at Moka Origins seeks to unite via provocation.

These bars, particularly the first, feature the 3 Evil Vices -- salt, sugar, & fat (cocoa beans comprise more than 50% lipids & they ain't the wuss PUFA-variety or Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids). All 3 making a comeback to the peptic distress of virtue signalers in the raw / paleo / ancestral / keto / vegan et.al. tribes.

Provocative as the Bioenergetic diet heralded by Peatians (followers of Dr. Raymond Peat -- PhD in biology rather than an MD). Acolytes think of it as the most efficient oxidative metabolism for converting CO2 into mitochondrial fuel which, in turn, optimizes bodily functions for disease prevention. At least that's the theory. YMMV.

Gotta luv the boldness of "to hell with health foods", just have some salt, sugar & fat. If true, discipline has rarely been so easy & tasty.

Next target: the myth of exercise.
Appearance   4.7 / 5
Color: beautiful red sandstone
Surface: Sea Salt: stylized branding on the mould, salt sprinklings on back
Toffee Almond: splayed with chopped nuts & congealed caramel
Lemon Ginger: another spangled array
Temper: semi-matte
Snap: loud 'n proud choc talk
Aroma   8.3 / 10
Sea Salt
old skool library den of woods, paper, pencils (lead 'n eraser included), leathers, & a cigar humidor in the desk, all nicely mineralized in salt

Toffee Almond
BIG butter toffee

Lemon Ginger
nothing but ginger & lemon... in potted cocoa soil
Mouthfeel   12.6 / 15
Texture: syncopated
Melt: wayward (attributable to the inclusions)
Flavor   42.1 / 50
Sea Salt
wondrous light but pronounced salting asserts the initial profile & early progression until the final trimester when the studied Aromatics (listed above) break thru

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, salt

Toffee Almond
true to its title which front loads toffee & mercifully tucks a roastery that ages well (initial close-to-manufacturing date taste profile showed char 'n tar... sublimated eventually by time)

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, dairy butter, salt, almonds

Lemon Ginger
bright but none too hot ginger entrance -> lemon curling thru -> stalwart chocolate -- very stout & oaken -- curbs the elements

INGREDIENTS: cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, crystalized ginger, lemon oil
Quality   16.3 / 20
All good except for Lemon Ginger a bit out of sorts. Respectable execution if questionable blueprint as the origin here -- a decent bulk cocoa delivered by the major broker Atlantic / ECOM -- proves overbearing & at cross purposes with the inclusions.

Reviewed September 24, 2019

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