Dak Lak 73% Cacao
2018 Harvest, Vietnam

The Dak Lak province is in the central highlands of Vietnam. At 500m elevation, many farmers traditionaly grow coffee, pepper, or rice. Cacao was introduced more recently, in the mid-2000s, as development groups saw agricultural potential because the area was not threatened by rising sea levels like the Mekong delta. It also offered an opportunity to alleviate poverty in indigenous minority groups in the area. At this elevation in the mountains, the temperature decreases considerably during the night. Condensation and rain leave emerald green moss on the trunks of cacao trees. The temperature change makes consistent fermentation more challenging. 

Cacao arrived in Vietnam in the late 19th century. It remained a small crop until about 15 years ago, when development organizations began encouraging the planting of seedlings in the Mekong Delta region. Marou started to purchase Dak Lak beans in 2015. While this dramatically increased the amount of cacao grown in Vietnam, it still remains a tiny share of Vietnam’s agriculture compared to its massive rice, cashew, and coffee industries. 

Tasting Notes

An earthy base note, which leads to a sharp divide between the solid grounded base notes and the airy lightness of ripped pineapple. This allows for a great degree of balance while providing an interesting combination of the pineapple and intense chocolate brownie batter notes.

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Kajkab’s approach to creating chocolate is very similar to the process of making wine. They only use natural ingredients with no fillers (such as cacao butter, artificial flavors, synthetic emulsifiers, etc.) to let each variety show its unique character. Single origin chocolate is chocolate that’s made from one variety of cacao harvested in one region.

Why does this matter? Cacao is a plant. Like other plants, its beans take on the characteristics of the region where it’s grown—its terroir. Many terms used to describe single origin chocolate will be familiar to wine lovers—earthy, floral, herbal and berry, to name a few. When cacao is blended, the effect of terroir is lost, just like wines.

All of Kajkab’s single-origin tasting palettes are hand crafted in small batches with just two ingredients: cacao beans and organic sugar. No added cocoa butter, lecithin, or vanilla.

Additional information

Weight .125 lbs
Dimensions 2.5 × 2 in


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