Chocolate created with NUGU™: a special cacao originating in the Southern Caribbean region and now grown by micro-producers in Nicaragua. Particularly creamy with intense notes of unroasted hazelnuts, currants, cherry and honey, a light perception of rum and delicate spicy.
Photo Paolo Giocoso ©
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Nicaragua boasts a high degree of biodiversity and traditions dating back thousands of years. In particular, the area of the present-day municipality of Nueva Guinea has been inhabited since ancient times and remains have been discovered in its Punta Gorda basin of a pre-Hispanic civilization which built concentric structures. Pottery found here by researchers of the Smithsonian Institute has been dated to between 3000 and 4000 years ago, and is consequently considered to be one of the earliest traces of human presence in Nicaragua.
NUGU™, originally from the South Caribbean region, comes from this area, and it is now grown by micro-producers. These local farmers are assisted by a project which is investing in their training so as to obtain top quality cacao: Ingemann. The aim is to promote the development of the communities involved so that they can directly benefit from the cacao value chain.
On 21 September 2015 Nicaragua was designated producer of 100% Fine Flavour Cacao by the ICCO (International Cocoa Organization). It is one of only 9 countries recognized for the exceptional quality of its native cacao.
During the work of identifying the various genetic compositions of the best cacao, six varieties of Cacao Trinitario-Acriollado have been selected in particular. One of these is NUGU™, which meets the highest standards of quality, ensuring complete traceability and sustainability.
We have processed this special cacao according to our Raw method, subjecting it to minimal aggression so as to maintain its original flavour. The chocolate thus obtained is particularly creamy with intense notes of untoasted hazelnuts, currants, cherry and honey, a light perception of rum and a finale of cream and delicate spices, all to be found in our Trinitario Acriollado Fine Raw Chocolate 72 ½ NUGU™ – Single Region Nueva Guinea, Nicaragua.
The image chosen for our bar portrays three generations of Central American women. We feel this best gives the idea of the infinite link between past and future. We must never forget our roots as we go towards the future, which we hope will be as bright as their smiles.
We are delighted to offer you a taste of our bar which we hope will astonish you with its excellence.
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BRONZE – 2018 International Chocolate Awards – European Bean-to-Bar Competition
Photo Giovanna Gori ©
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SILVER – 2018 International Chocolate Awards – European Bean-to-Bar Competition
BRONZE – 2018 International Chocolate Awards – World Final
Photo Gianluca Balocco ©
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Photo Paolo Giocoso ©