In the ‘90s on a small farm in the Sierra de Perijá near the Colombian border, cacao agronomist Humberto Reyes, discovered an old pure Criollo named after the Rio Guasare. The seeds traveled to the research centre, Campo Experimental San Juan de Lagunillas in the Andes to be grown & studied. Unlike typical Criollos, scientists found the plants to be very productive, blossoms in 2 years, big hardy fruit with plump white seeds in 3 years.
The cacao in this bar is from 4 farms grown interspersed with bananas & coffee near the town of Rosario, West of Lake Maracaibo. The trees originate from the Andean samples, the finished chocolate loaded with beautiful heritage Criollo flavours. Guasare is more than just cacao, it represents hope & a brighter future for a country presently enveloped in chaos.
Origin: Rosario de Perijá, Venezuela Farms:Finca la Florida, Finca San Antonio, Finca Los Claritos, Finca San Pedro Cacao content:70% Tasting notes: cream, malt, cacao, coffee, tamarind, figs
Awards: International Chocolate Awards
2018 World Gold, Best in Show Dark 2018 World Gold 2018 World Gold Chocolate Maker 2018 Americas Gold Best in Show Dark 2018 Americas Gold Chocolate Maker 2018 Canadian Gold Chocolate Maker Dark
We don’t think that there's a need to advertise this brand a lot. This small-batch chocolate maker from Toronto is very well-known among chocolate lovers and we were bombarded with numerous requests to add them to our chocolate collection. Soma was consistently collecting International Chocolate Awards including Dark Chocolate Gold for its Guasare bar in 2018.