Region: Tabasco, Chontalpa
Type: Almendra Blanca (White Almond)
Certifications: Direct Trade
Harvest Year: 2018
This is the first time I've had opportunity to try this particular varietal from Mexico. It is reasonably delicate in nature. The chocolate turns out a light brown, hence the White Almond description.
The aroma starts off with lovely fresh berry and blossom notes. They put me in mind of various yellow fruits like plum (Japanese style) and gooseberry. The chocolate is tangy and sweet yet again like a fresh berry. It is a very soft flavor, and lingers.
I was going to say the nut flavor is cashew but upon contemplation the flavor that remains in my mouth (don't laugh now) is that of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. There is a little malty sweetness that you even get from certain white breads. Again, that round, soft mouth feel plays over and over. It is devilishly approachable.
Almendra Blanca is a Mexican variety of cocoa, coming from the Chontalpa region in Tabasco Mexico. They come from around 30 farmers supported by Maxiterra’s Cocoa Program, based on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Sustainability and Fairtrade thru FAO’s Farmers Field Schools model (FFS).
Cocoa beans are fermented during 3-4 days (1+1+2) in wooden and slowly sun dried to obtain 6.5%-7.5% moisture content.
Every production batch or lot number is set on the daily income of raw cocoa coming from plantations, which contains details on farmer’s name and location, volume purchased and price paid, and general data on technical assistance, training and agricultural practices executed on every farm.