In a time where the access to quality chocolate is becoming restricted while its demand continues to grow, this recently gone live website hopes to be a ray of light. The brainchild of chocolate taster Nitin Chordia, two week-old Cocoatrait.com has started off with a selection of bean-to-bar brands like Mumbai-based Bean Therapy, Mysuru-based Earth Loaf and Mason & Co from closer home, Pondicherry. Promising to offer fine international slabs like Ecuador’s Pacari later this year, Chordia, who was seen judging the International Chocolate Awards in England last October, gives us his pick of fine chocolate (all dark) that connoisseurs must add to their collection this year.
Rogue Chocolatier’s Hispaniola
It is more acidic than one might enjoy but is certainly the bar to experience the creaminess that chocolate offers. This would partner with my Pinot Noir.
Around $ 6.95 across
UK and Europe.
Duffy’s Dominican Republic Taino
I like the notes of pineapple and strawberries. I occasionally melt this
and use it as a garnish
on my salad.Around
GBP 6 across the
UK and Europe.
Marou’s Tien Giang
High on spice, tobacco and
nutty notes. I use this in all my
desserts and also use it to remove misconceptions that dark is always bitter. Around $ 9 and available on cocoatrait.com from February.
Friis Holm’s Nicaliso
This bar demonstrates complexity in chocolate. It changes flavour starting with a bit of mushroom initially and turning to walnut followed by slight acidity and a delightful creaminess
to end the experience. Around
$19 across the UK and Europe.
The classic raw 70 per cent dark bar. Symbolic Pacari with jasmine and loads of citrus. I use this each time I have to introduce a new audience
to fine chocolate.Around
$7.99 and available on
cocoatrait.com from July.
Delivers fruity, citrus and floral notes one after the other and is good if you don’t want sharp flavours. I would not pair this with anything. Around $11 in the UK and Europe.
Pacari Raw Organic 100%
This 100 per cent cacao bar has hints of fruit and spices
with a perfect balance of slight acidity and bitterness. This is only for a chocolate lover who enjoys his chocolate one piece at a time.
Also available on cocoatrait.com from July.
This is a two times Good Food Award winning chocolate and contains
added cocoa butter from the
same beans. It’s super smooth!
Available at speciality shops in the US and Europe for around USD 14.
— As told to Ryan Peppin