European colonists introduced cocoa to the Dominican Republic in the 1600s, and today the country is a world leader in producing certified organic cocoa. Rizek Cacao works mostly in the northern Duarte province, where it manages sustainable farms and performs the all-important bean fermentation and drying steps.
These beans, however, come from Rizek Cacao's certified organic and fair-trade farms in the country's Monte Plata province.
Tasting notes: truffle, cream, marshmallow, earthy, creamy, and extra dark; an almost savory experience.
Enjoy with: coffee and dark beers; finely grated, use to garnish for savory dishes like chilis, risottos, and even cheeseburgers