“Wild cocoa chocolate from the Brazilian Amazon.” Specifically, from Rio Acará, the Acará River. 81% chocolate, a 2021 Bronze medal winner from the Academy of Chocolate. This Luisa Abram bar promised to be delicious!
What does “wild cocoa chocolate” mean?
According to the packaging of the Luisa Abram bar (she’s pictured above and in the video):
“This chocolate bar is made with extremely rare cacao that grows spontaneously in different regions of the Amazon Rainforest (wild cacao) and is harvested by river-side communities that preserve the fruit’s native trees. Each River represents a region with a different flavor profile.”
We admire the simplistic and artsy Luisa Abram packaging designs – especially that cacao flower behind her name and some of her other offerings with Rainforest animals! (To learn more about wild cacao in general, we also LOVED this website that we found with a simple search. Turn on the audio.)
Luisa Abram Chocolate Bar Packaging
To taste along with us, purchase your Rio Acará bar here.
The reverse of the Luisa Abram 81% chocolate packaging states:
“Ingredients: Wild cocoa mass, organic cane sugar and Amazonian cocoa butter. Flavors: Brazilian chestnut notes. Caramel appears just after melting. There is a subtle hint of pineapple. Simple and pure chocolate.”Luisa Abram Rio Acará 81% chocolate bar packaging text
We also loved the map of Brazil’s rivers. We picked out Rio Acará, the river towards the east of the country, and peered closely at the other rivers. It seems like many of Luisa Abram bars align with various Brazilian rivers, surely injecting each chocolate with a specific “terroir,” or flavor from that region. When you open the flap of the chocolate, there’s a longer description of the land:
“In the Lower Amazon Hydrographic Basin, cocoa purchased from several families on the banks of the Acará and Arauaia rivers, is fermented by women of two of these families, in the most handcrafted process among those who compose the portfolio of Luisa Abram Chocolates. In this region, the extraction of acai represents the main activity followed by cocoa, which has grown considerably. This cocoa belongs to the family of the Amelonados, and it has high genetic homogeneity. In this area, there is a great occurance of cupuacu, and we can also find the rare wild Amazonian vanilla.”Luisa Abram Rio Acará 81% chocolate bar packaging text
Amazing! What is cupuacu? A Brazilian fruit that’s related to cacao used for ice cream, snacks and more!
The other interior side of the flap (left) has a long block of text that’s entirely in Portuguese with no translation ~ we won’t type it here.
Luisa Abram Chocolate Tasting
The snap of this chocolate bar was a bit on the softer side. The chocolate aroma is delectably soft and smells like fresh-cut pineapple (which was listed on the tasting notes), and also like raw cocoa beans – acidic and sharp. Fruity and a light dash of pepper.
The chocolate melted nicely on the taste buds. Very smooth. Just as the packaging stated, caramel did reveal itself towards the end, and we stand by the acidity — whether it’s pineapple, or almost even squeezed lemon, we continue to revel in how bright this bar was. The packaging states chestnut, but we also sensed almonds. A complex bar. A lovely experience, deserving of that bronze award from Academy of Chocolate.
If you’re searching for some inspiration this coming weekend, we have a weekly roundup of our favorite chocolate and coffee news (including special DC events) in our Friday ESPUMA. Sign up for our newsletter to get the news!
Until next time, wishing you a time cupsoul.
This bar cost us $12.00 USD. This post contains a few affiliate links, which means that if you do click through and then buy something, you may help support an insatiable coffee and chocolate habit at no cost to you. 🙂 Any written opinions here are by time cupsoul/our own.