Predominately fruity and slightly woodsy. The nibs highlight the cocoa flavor and give a sensation of dried fruit, contrasting with the prominent cherry and blackberry. Brown raisin and stone fruit seed linger in the background, with subtle notes of cinnamon and cherimoya to finish.
Nose: Cherry, Blackberry
Palate: Dark Raisin, Plum
Finish: Cinnamon, Cherimoya
This chocolate is an exclusive collaboration between MATER, the research and innovation arm of Central, No. 2 World’s Best Restaurant located in Lima, Peru, and SIMPLi, a modern food company ethically sourcing the highest quality most sustainable ingredients. These two trailblazers partnered to develop a collection of craft chocolates made with esteemed Peruvian Chuncho cacao–native to the Cusco region, Chuncho is known as one of the highest quality varieties of cacao in the world, and recent genetic evidence suggests it is the first origin of all fine cacao varieties worldwide.
This prized cacao was grown by the award-winning Puma Champi Family and sourced from the family’s early 2022 harvest. The cacao for this batch was collected and fermented in Quillabamba, a high-altitude forest, then delicately transported to Lima by hand where MATER’s cacao expert crafted each bar’s recipe which was then produced by a renowned chocolatier. The goal was for each bar to uniquely express the flavor profiles that characterize the family’s prized Chuncho cacao: remarkable sweetness, fruity notes of berry, and warm notes of nuts and spices.