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WHAT IS FINE CHOCOLATE?
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WHAT IS FINE CHOCOLATE?

One of the most important differentiators of a fine chocolate is that ‘melt in your mouth’ moment. You can hear the click as it breaks to your bite, and then reveals it’s true texture – so smooth, rich, and creamy that it just melts in your mouth.

But what does ‘fine chocolate’ mean? Literally speaking, it refers to the texture or consistency of the cacao, pure cacao butter and the sugar used in the production process. It is this fine texture that gives chocolate that creamy consistency.

Additionally, it is also a reference for gourmet chocolates, pieces of goodness that use the highest quality ingredients, made using the best production processes, and presented in the most luxurious manner.

Fine cacao beans make up less than 5 % of the world’s cacao bean production. The majority are sourced from the Caribbean and South and Central America, with other areas such as Southeast Asia and Hawaii entering the market. Fine cacao is often characterised by a complexity of multiple flavour notes, with a pure and soft lingering chocolate undertone. Bateel’s chocolate suppliers travel the world in search of select beans, which will emanate just the right bouquet for choice couvertures.  They also ensure that only fair trade cocoa beans are selected.

Chocolate makers may disagree on many aspects of fine chocolate manufacture, but quality cacao is not one of them. Sourcing one’s own cacao gives the chocolate more consistency, and partnering with the farmer ensures he puts in more effort to make the product better.

High quality cacao needs expert processing to retain its goodness when made into fine chocolate. Unique and interesting flavours are then incorporated, which enhance the customer experience of the chocolate, and open the palate up to its possibilities.

Finally, it comes down to presentation. Attractive design, which maintains the integrity of the chocolate and its flavours, enhances the luxury experience. So the next time you sink your teeth into a fine chocolate, savour the experience slowly, allowing all your senses to enjoy the elements involved in creating that masterpiece.

Click here to learn more about Bateel's premium chocolates.



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