Uganda, Semuliki Forest, Dark Chocolate Bar, 80%
What? This is 80%?!
Uganda, Semeliku Forest, Dark Chocolate Bar, 80%
REGION/FARM: Rwenzururu - Semuliki Forest
TYPE: Mostly Trinitario and Amelonado
CERTIFICATIONS: direct trade, uncertified organic
INGREDIENTS: cacao, organic cane sugar
(made in a facility which also uses dairy milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts)
CHOCOLATE MAKER NOTES: Surprising panela-like sweetness with a clean and balanced brightness. Reminiscent lemon notes. Silky chocolate base and nuance of fresh rose petals with a lively and lasting finish. BTW, so far I'm the only one who notices rose petal - but then again, not many people eat roses.
ABOUT THE FARM/REGION/PEOPLE:
The Rwenzururu sub-region of Uganda sits at 3,000 feet above sea level and borders the DR Congo, the Rwenzori Mountain range and Semuliki National Park. The climate is tropical with over 1,000mm of rainfall which typically occurs in 2 seasons, March to April and September to January. The region suffers from recurring conflict between cultural and rebel groups straddling the DR Congo border. Bundibugyo district likely accounts for more than 70% of cocoa production in Uganda.
The fermentation facility and store is located in a converted B&B in the village of Bumate at the base of the hills leading into the mountains. With a shortage of available land in the district, the site is designed to take advantage of all possible available sunshine while limiting runoff from heavy rainfall.