It’s truly a Fairtrade “Match Made in Heaven”! Ethical Bean Coffee, Divine Chocolates and All Across Africa have joined up to bring you a fantastic Valentine’s week contest. Each day brings you a new chance to win an intricately handcrafted sisal basket cradling a Divine Chocolate bar and a bag of Ethical Bean Coffee that have been perfectly paired to enhance and coax out each other’s hidden flavours:
Exotic + Dark Chocolate with Mango and Coconut: No doubt the Ethical Bean Exotic blend absolutely sings with the Dark Chocolate with Mango and Coconut bar. The Exotic puts forth some subtle apricot notes that just get picked up and run with by the Mango-Coconut combo. The party starts with intense vanilla aromatics and then gets super fun throwing up mango lassi, Malibu, pineapple, tropical good times.
Classic + Milk Chocolate: This coffee gets a touch Cab Franc in character and I really enjoyed what the Divine Milk Chocolate did in combination where the two together gained a honeyed nut quality. I know, I didn’t expect that either.
Mellow + Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds: The coffee carries a brown sugar, almond skin bite that gets nicely lifted when paired with Divine Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds. The toasted note from the almonds is emphasized and a biscuit cookie layer develops upon reflection.
Espresso + 70% Dark Chocolate: Straight espresso can be a touch ornery on the palate and simple is good when looking at pairings. In this case the Divine Milk Chocolate (already paired with out classic blend) gets the nod adding a pleasant sweetness and tempering texture from the cocoa butter; “Seriously Smooth” indeed. Espresso with milk is more forgiving and I found the 70% Dark Chocolate to draw out the chocolate qualities of the espresso while being nicely rounded itself by the milk.
Lush + Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt: The coffee has rustic, earthy qualities that made friends with the Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt. It nipped and tucked the coffee creating complexity and range; the milk chocolate and toffee add a sweetness that is similar but different while the salt accentuates everything good in the first two components. This bar brought about a pleasant surprise with everything it was paired with.
Bold + White Chocolate with Strawberries: Our Bold blend is a dark roasted beauty that is opened up and tempered by the White Chocolate with Strawberries.
Rocket Fuel + Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts: Rocket Fuel is a dark roasted beast that can only be tempered with the smooth creaminess of Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts. Delish.