Cacaosuyo is a Peruvian operation that sources the best Cacao from three areas in Peru, Cuzco, the once capital of the Incan Empire; Piura, a northern desert city; and the Peruvian Amazon. Cacaosuyo works directly with indigenous farmers in what they call direct trade, as opposed to fair trade. This puts them in close contact with many Incan peoples, where they directly benefit from their century's knowledge of Cocao cultivation. Many of them had no idea how rare and excellent their Cacao was and would blend the high-quality with the low-quality Cocao until Cacaosuyo educated them on the process that allowed the farmers to make a lot more money. Today we are featuring the Chuncho Cuzco, which is one of our favorites right now, sourced from Criollo Cacao, growing next to the famous Machu Picchu. Many Chocolate lovers will remember that Criollo Cacao is the rarest and most flavorful variety of Cacao. This bar won Gold at the Chocolate Awards America in 2018, which is no easy task with its extensive list of competitors. Chuncho Cuzco slowly starts with sweet red and blue fruits and a touch of tartness that melts into light herbal nuances with dried plum and banana notes, leaving behind mouth coating a dry extract feel. Incredibly complex and long with tremendous depth, letting this melt on the tongue releases waves of delicious, balanced flavors. The Subtlety here is like that of fine wine and a pure representation from Peru and is only made with two ingredients, Cocao, and cane sugar, making it a good choice for those that stay away from dairy. The best dark chocolate we've tried so far, Cacaosuyo, is the ultimate expression of Cacao. We also have a small amount of the Lakuna, and Piura Select available, which can be found using the buy now button below.
Lakuna 70% Cacao
Pefume-y and floral at first bite with licks of richness popping though as the vibrant red cherry and cranberry fruit works its way in with exotic notes of bergamot, papaya, and a dark honey-like richness. The more it melts in your mouth, the more intense and dynamic it becomes, showing a delicate dance between savory, earthy, coffee, and toffee umami-like flavors and outstanding fruity notes with high acidity. Won gold at the Internation Chocolate Awards.
Chuncho Cuzco 70% Cacao
Made with Chuncho Caco which grows right outside Machu Picchu. Slowly starts out with sweet red and blue fruits, with a touch of tartness that melts into light herbal nuances and with notes of dried plum and banana leaving behind mouth coating a dry extract feel. Won gold in 2018 at the International Chocolate Awards America.
Piura Select 70% Cacao
Made from "White Cacao" from the Peruvian desert region of Piura. This cacao gets its name from its whiteish-green pods which is atypical. Starts out with light citrus notes of orange, lemon, and lime showing and showing a citrus-like acidity leading into nutty notes of walnut with honey and malt. Won gold in 2019 at the International Chocolate Awards America.