From the heart of the world ...
A place where all of the Earth's biomes are found from the Caribbean Sea to the rainforest to grassland to the glacial peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. A place where global change is closely monitored and kept in balance by its caretakers, the Arhuacos. They are descendants of the Tairona, an ancient civilization dating back to the 1st century AD. The Tairona grew cacao and prepared it as a drink. The Arhuacos today live a traditional village lifestyle led by their spirtual leaders, the Mamos. They make a livelihood from agriculture and hand-woven wool mochilas. Just recently, the Colombian government has given them back their spiritual land by the sea, allowing them to move back from the highlands where they were pushed by conflict. They found their ancestral cacao still intact.
From the heart of the world to you...
Castronovo worked very carefully on this chocolate bar to deliver you something that is pure and properly balanced in flavor and experience to draw you back to being more connected with nature. The cacao is so remarkable that we found this balance at 80%. The ancestral cacao has very low bitterness, a rich chocolate flavor with nuttiness, soft fruit, and caramel.
When Denise presented this chocolate to Mamo Camilo, he said, "This chocolate captures the essence of the Arhuaco ancestral cacao."
Ingredients: organic cocoa beans, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter
Net weight: 2.2oz / 62g
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We are happy to ship every package with recyclable or compostable materials. We also include a complimentary sweet bite in each order :-)
In the Castronovo blurb there's a line saying one needs "listen to the elements" with this bar. Like the elements, the true essence of this bar shifted literally with the weather for me. When it was cool, I tasted a full-flavored melt hinting of tobacco, caramel and a touch of fudge - all shifting in dominance from day to day. Until one warm and humid day, there was a creaminess speaking of pistachio ice cream. I finished the bar that day. I realized it was never going to get any better than that. I recommend this bar with one less star only because I like a bit of consistency, and this bar always delivered something unexpected.