Um, wow! Hold on tight. Buckle up. Take a rollercoaster ride to flavor-town. Grapefruit gives way to honey gives way to deep dark fudge (like the kind you get at the seaside fudge shoppe) gives way to banana gives way to rum gives way to cream gives way to cinnamon. If you like the complexity, depth, and unexpected surprises that single origin chocolate can bring, this is the bar for you.
Origin: Dreketi, Vanua Levu, Fiji
Tasting Notes: Chocolate, honey, grapefruit
The Mataswalevu Cocoa Farm, located in the northern hills of Vanua Levu Island, is looking to revive the cacao industry in Fiji. Their farm grows Amelonado cacao with newer plantings of Trinidad Selected Hybrids (TSH).
On Fiji’s national flag, there is a cacao pod in the lion’s paws, a sign of Fiji’s history and exciting times ahead for a new generation of farmers. The beans are special, imparted by Fiji’s unique terroir and the Fijian concept of “vanua”, the idea of land being an extension of oneself, including one’s life, sustenance and culture.