Since we burst on the market in 2007 many chocolate makers have copied Amano Chocolate in bringing out unique flavors of cacao beans from around the world. However Amano has exclusive rights to these most unusual cacao beans. They tastes like chocolate mixed with oranges with cinnamon and clove. When we make our Dos Rios chocolate we do not add any fruit or flavorings. All the flavors you taste come from these very speciall cocoa beans grown from the Dominican Republic. They are the true flavor of the beans. Our job as chocolate makers is to be as true to the beans as we can. The flavor of cocoa beans changes depending on where they are from. That's why no two single origin bars taste exactly the same. The bean genetics, the skill of the farmer, and the care and methods of producing the chocolate all go into the final flavor of the chocolate. Here, they all come together magically to create one of the world's most unusual and flavorful chocolates.
Silver at the 2016 International Chocolate Awards - Americas Round
Bronze at the 2016 Academy of Chocolate Awards
The Chocolate Maker's Notes:
I am always on the lookout for new and unique cocoa beans. When I find beautiful beans, I try to make a chocolate with them that brings out and enhances the bean's true flavors. To do this, you need cocoa beans that are exceptional. The cocoa beans for Dos Rios are as unique as I have ever seen and are perfectly suited to our chocolate making style.
As Amano's reputation has grown as one of the world's finest chocolate makers, we are often sought out when unique beans are found. Such is the case with the beans for Dos Rios. A friend in the chocolate industry was traveling in the Dominican Republic and while there discovered cocoa beans that tasted of bergamot, cinnamon and clove. After his return, he called me and told me about these wonderful beans. He said that of all the chocolate companies in the world, he felt that Amano would best bring out the flavors of these amazing beans. Soon I was on a plane to the Dominican Republic to visit the source of these cocoa beans. Not long after that, we landed an exclusive agreement and the cocoa beans were on their way to our factory.
These are some of the most difficult beans with which we have worked. While making this chocolate, the flavors shifted wildly. We had to bring our entire repertoire of skills to highlight the beans incredible flavor. Even so, we had to develop new techniques to make this chocolate -- some of which we believe are ground breaking and we are looking forward to applying while working with other beans.
In the end though, it is all about flavor and Dos Rios has plenty of flavor to amaze you. The cocoa beans we used taste of bergamot, spice, and have a hint of floral aroma. So does this amazing chocolate. I am very happy with the results of the chocolate we made from magical beans and believe you will be truly amazed by this chocolate for its intensely beautiful flavor.
Founder, Head Chocolate Maker
Tasting Notes:Rich chocolate flavor, burgamot orange, blueberry, lavender and spice
(Note, these are natural flavors of the cocoa beans we use and the chocolate -- not added flavors.)