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.
True to the Chuncho cacao’s nature, these chocolates are low in bitterness, which is the result of good genetics, rigorous post-harvest practices, and a delicate roast. Due to the premium nature of the chocolate, no additional ingredients are added except for high-quality cane sugar (for the three bars <100%) and cow's milk (for the 51% milk chocolate), to highlight the exceptional flavor of some of the finest cacao in the world.
Cacao Chuncho – 51% with Cow’s Milk
Sweet and delicate with fruity cocoa notes. Slightly reminiscent of strawberry custard, the sweetness of the sugar is balanced by notes of berry, raisin, and cinnamon. At the end, creamy pecan lingers in the aftertaste.
Nose: StrawberryPalate: Raisins, Cinnamon Finish: Pecan
Cacao Chuncho – 72% with Nibs
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
Cacao Chuncho – 77%
Complex with fresh dark fruit notes. The acidic profile of cherry and blackberry are balanced by rich caramel and panela. Notes of warm clove and plum create a velvety bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.
Nose: Cherry, Blackberry Palate: Caramel, Panela Finish: Clove, Plum
Cacao Chuncho – 100%
Rich in cocoa and berry notes. The subtle bitterness is balanced by complex fruity notes, with hints of blackberry, cherry, brown caramel, and warm spices like cloves. The delicate finishing notes feature almond and pink flowers.
Nose: Cocoa, Cherry, Blackberry
Palate: Caramel, Cherry, Clove
Finish: Almond, Pink Flowers
Cacao Chuncho Set
Contains all four chocolate varieties:
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