Review: Seattle Chocolate Company’s A Super Chocolate

Seattle Chocolates Company recently sent me a sample of their newest product launch, Seattle Chocolates A Super Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar Powered by CoffeeFlour® & Cocoa Nibs. The bar is made with one of the newest superfood ingredients, CoffeeFlour®. Seattle Chocolates A Super Chocolate is the second CoffeeFlour® infused chocolate bar offering from the company. A Super Chocolate is a rich and creamy dark chocolate bar perfectly mixed with roasted cocoa nibs – adding a subtle and flavorful crunch. The jcoco arabica cherry espresso in dark chocolate bar features the nutrient-dense super-ingredient made from dried coffee cherry pulp, enhancing the new chocolate bar with a berry-forward flavor balanced with jcoco’s signature dark chocolate.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

I had never heard of CoffeeFlour® before so I had to do my research. It’s basically flour created from the fruit that surrounds coffee beans that is normally discarded.  The CoffeeFlour® website explains:

     “Coffee flour™ is an agricultural innovation with the potential to do some really great things for the world… each year the billions of coffee beans that eventually make their way into the Americanos, lattes, and no-foam, extra-hot, triple-shot cappuccinos of the world are harvested by milling and extracting them from the coffee plant. The surrounding fruit, is discarded. It often gets dumped into rivers or left to rot in heaps. So we invented something better to do with it. Something that’s better for everyone.For farmers and families in coffee growing countries, it will create sustainable jobs and a new revenue source for some of the poorest areas of the world. For the environment, it will remove botanical waste from streams and soil, strengthening the land and lives of the people and species there. And for the rest of us, it will add a nutritious and distinctly flavorful ingredient to the global menu. We have a passion for coffee, and for the people, and communities who grow it. So finding a use for that discarded fruit became our purpose. We pioneered a process that converts this coffee byproduct into a nutrient-dense new super-ingredient we call CoffeeFlour™ . What we’re most proud of is that we’ve structured our business model so that the positive social, environmental, and economic impacts will be shared by all.”

Part of the insert I received from Seattle Chocolates Company (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
Part of the insert I received from Seattle Chocolates Company (Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

The website contains a fascinating animated video (which I highly recommend watching) on the potential global impact of CoffeeFlour™ on the world’s economy and on the lives on those who work for the coffee industry.  This is definitely a product I plan to keep my eye on in the future.

Upon tasting Seattle Chocolates Company’s newest creation, it definitely has the signature dark chocolate taste, a little sweet, a little bitter with a hint of smoke and the cocoa nibs add a nice coarse crunch to the bar. The cherry flavor does not dominate the taste of the chocolate but overall the flavor profile is very pleasing to the palate. I can only imagine how decadent the chocolate would be paired with a red wine (which I plan to try very soon).

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

I am incredibly excited that Seattle Chocolates Company is creating a line of delicious products using sustainable methods that have an immense and positive impact on not only the global marketplace but for individual families that rely on the coffee industry to put food on their table.  The company has a history of helping communities, as with every purchase from the jcoco line, they will donate a serving of fresh food to a local food bank partner.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)
(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

You can purchase jcoco and Seattle Chocolate Company’s wide range of products at local stores or online here.

The grand opening of the jcoco pop-up shop will also  open at Bellevue Square on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Store hours will be 9:30am-9:30pm (M-Sat) and 11am-7pm (Sun).

 

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