American Chocolate Bar #8: LetterPress Chocolate

The LetterPress Chocolate Small Batch, Bean to Bar chocolate bar, 70% Tanzania Kokoa Kamili, is worth writing home about. This fruity, sweet, and exciting bar left Time Cupsoul wishing for more.


LetterPress recently redesigned their branding/packaging, as seen via their Instagram account, pictured below, and it’s lovely.

LetterPress Branding Evolution

Each LetterPress bar stands out with a beautiful textured stamp-like feature at the top. The artwork showcases a prop airplane soaring over a mountain dotted landscape and open cocoa pods in the foreground. “LetterPress Chocolate,” is etched into a banner and surrounded by swirls and furls fit for royalty.

The top “stamp” portion of LetterPress’ packaging truly has the vibe of a great vintage airline travel ad coupled with a vintage chocolate poster. Every LetterPress bar also has the chocolate origin country’s coat of arms, unique displays of patriotism not often seen (if ever) on chocolate. Tanzania’s coat of arms has “Uhuru Na Umoja” written underneath, in Swahili translating to “Freedom and Unity.”

The bar has two ingredients: certified organic cacao beans and certified organic unrefined cane sugar. The packaging states:

“We hand-sort, roast, crack, winnow, grind at least 48 hours, age for at least a month, then temper, mold and wrap all of our bars in-house to bring out the purest expression of each bean we source.”

The packaging also provided the tasting notes: “green banana, and peppery mocha.” Hmm. Upon biting into the bar, Time Cupsoul immediately tasted a tart+ fruity essence. The deep aroma of the bar overtook all of the senses, and soon strong flavors began enveloping the mouth and bursting in:

  1. Red Berry: Cherry
  2. Chocolate: Deep, Dark Chocolate
  3. Citrus: Lemon
  4. Spicy: Cloves, Pepper

This bar does truly have a spicy side, which is delicious, and is very aromatic. It does not have the sweetness that many recent chocolate bar tastings have mimicked. There’s no notes of “chocolate: melted chocolate ice cream” or “sugar: molasses” on the taste buds here, this bar is simply deep, dark chocolate that sings tart and ends spicy.

This 70% dark chocolate bar is quite scrumptious and definitely provided an escape. The Academy of Chocolate awarded this chocolate with the bronze medal in 2017. Have you tried it yet?

Was this a time cupsoul? Time Cupsoul has yet to travel to Tanzania, but this bar provided its own sort of gorgeous adventure. The experience that this bar provided is best summed up by the vintage LetterPress “stamp” with the prop plane on the front of their packaging — a window into a wild, romantic and luxurious world — all of the key seductive elements of chocolate itself.

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