Coppeneur Uba Budo Sao Tome Forastero 72% Chocolate Bar Review

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coppeneur uba budo sao tomeThis Coppeneur bar was something I picked up in Berlin having never had the chance to purchase one before.  There was a fantastic shop with all sorts of different bars and this was one of them.

coppeneur uba budo sao tome backI was unsure about the forastero bean as it is a bean that creates a chocolate which is earthier, woodier, and spicier than I usually like.  Add to this the delicate point at which roasting becomes over roasting and you have a combination that often leaves a bitter, unpleasant dark chocolate all too easily.

This bar starts off a little tough.  There is a strange flavour as though there is some sort of soya lecithin in the bar (not listed) and maybe a bit of something else.  The chocolate is reluctant to melt in the mouth and as it does there is a release of spice initially followed by deeply earthy flavours.

coppeneur uba budo sao tome chocolateI’m struggling a bit with this bar.  The faint hint of red fruit is overwhelmed by what tastes like they over roasted a few beans and burned them.  The spice is difficult to extract and it feels like a lower cocoa butter content bar.

Slightly hard dark chocolate with a bit of a harsh edge and yes I am being hard on this chocolate.  It is being sold as a top notch chocolate and it is, but I think they are fighting the growing conditions here as well as the bean itself.  All in all it is a top notch chocolate and someone who may be more inclined towards a woody, earthy chocolate bar will enjoy this.  Not to my liking and I think there are improvements that could be made (unless that hint of burning is normal) but overall a top notch bar.

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