Tasting Notes: Bright Tropical Fruit Flavors of Mango and Nearly-Ripe Banana
It’s practically impossible for me to play favorites among the multi-awarded Goodnow Farms lineup. Each bar is an exquisite masterpiece expression of the fine flavor bean it showcases. That said, this complex yet mellow Guatemala Asochivite 77% Dark Chocolate Bar is a Silver “Best Dark Chocolate” award-winner at the Northeast Chocolate Festival and a Barometer Chocolate personal pick.
The mouthfeel is so voluptuous, akin to that of a Belgian milk chocolate, but the flavor is deep, rich, layered and bright…in short, it’s a small taste of heaven.
- Gold - Chocolate Alliance Awards 2021
- Gold - Academy of Chocolate 2021
- World Silver - International Chocolate Awards 2020-2021
- Americas Silver - International Chocolate Awards 2020-2021
- Silver - Best Dark Chocolate at the Northeast Chocolate Festival
The beans for this lovely chocolate bar are harvested by the Q’eqchi Maya farmers of Chivite, Guatemala from the wild cacao trees that border their village. When Goodnow makers Tom and Monica first visited the village, they loved the wild cacao, but knew that the farmers needed a better fermentation and drying facility to highlight the exquisite beauty of these special beans. Tom and Monica partnered with the farmers and Cacao Verapaz (a company that connects local farmers who harvest fine-flavor cacao in Guatemala with artisanal chocolate makers in the U.S. and Europe) to fund the necessary renovations to their post-harvest facility.
Guatemala has a rich cultural history that includes cacao production by indigenous Mayan farmers. Just look at this glorious landscape where the fine cacao grows:
Until fairly recently, however, Guatemala hadn’t been exporting much cacao as the commercial focus was on coffee, sugar and cardamom. This was due, in part, to the lack of resources required to take post-harvest cacao practices to the next level so that their fine flavor beans could be on a par with of those from other countries. Thanks to the help of Goodnow Farms and Cacao Verapaz, Guatemala is now assuming its rightful position at the forefront of the fine-flavor cacao industry.
And now, meet Tom and Monica, your Goodnow Farms chocolate makers!
Tom and Monica Rogan, the excellent team behind Goodnow Farms Chocolate, have developed friendships with the cacao farmers whose fine flavor beans they meticulously source. This dynamic duo follows the beans, traveling directly to origin to secure outstanding, flavor-packed cacao.They’ve learned so much about post harvest practices and often request that their farmer partners ferment and dry the beans according to their custom specifications.
Tom and Monica pay significantly more than Fair Trade prices to ensure that farmers earn fair wages and engage in sustainable practices.
Another reason why Goodnow Farms Chocolate is utterly superb is the fresh-pressed single origin cocoa butter that Tom and Monica incorporate into their bars. Many chocolate makers do not press their own cocoa butter, but these dedicated makers go above and beyond the standard to provide an authentic single origin experience, with cacao beans and butter hailing from the same terroir. This labor of love results in a rich, lusciously flavorful chocolate.
Every bar is lovingly made and wrapped by hand at the Rogans’ 225 year-old farm on Goodnow Road (named after one of the town’s first settlers) in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
- Ingredients: Cacao Beans, Organic Sugar, Fresh Pressed Cocoa Butter
- Net Weight: 55 g./ 1.94 oz.
- Country of Origin: USA