70% Single-Origin Bar

Semuliki Forest

Uganda

2022 HARVEST · BATCH no. 1 · By Nate
tasting notes: honey mango, crème fraîche, and cocoa powder

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In the town of Kasese, near the landmark Semuliki Forest within Uganda’s rainy, tropical Rwrenzururu subregion, a registered social enterprise called Latitude Trade Company, Ltd. sources wet cacao beans from over 4500 smallholder farmers. Latitude ferments each farmer’s harvest in boxes built of local eucalyptus, then blends the many farms’ beans together post-fermentation and drying, thereby creating a uniform, consistently excellent product.

Nate enjoys the characteristic natural fruitiness of Semuliki Forest cocoa, and roasts this batch to accentuate the beans’ tropical punch. We taste notes of cacao-fruit nectar, banana, and cream cheese.

INGREDIENTS & ALLERGENS

All of our single-origin chocolate is made with just cocoa beans and sugar; no added cocoa butter, lecithin, or vanilla.

Allergens:

Our chocolate is free of soy, dairy, eggs, and gluten, and it is made in a factory that does not process nuts.
WEIGHT
2.0 oz (56 g)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Storage instructions:

  • Store in a cool and dark place; back of pantry is ideal
  • Best results somewhere between 40°F-68°F
  • Keep away from heat and direct sunlight
  • Keep away from strong odors
  • Do not freeze
  • Two-ingredient chocolate won’t go “bad” like milk chocolate or chocolate with additional ingredients (e.g. inclusions or nuts)
  • If your bar melts or blooms, the flavor notes will still be present though the bar will have lost its characteristic snap. Feel free to use bloomed chocolate for making hot chocolate or baking.

Shelf life:

2 years from factory production date

vegan

gluten free

nut free

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kosher

soy free

Direct Sourced

Dandelion Chocolate Chocolate Bar Semuliki Forest, Uganda 70% 2022 Harvest Single-Origin Chocolate Bar
70% Single-Origin Bar
Semuliki Forest, Uganda
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Tasting Notes from Nate

ORIGIN LEAD FOR SEMULIKI FOREST BAR

Hi! I’m Nate, a Lead Chocolate Maker at Dandelion’s 16th Street factory in San Francisco. Most recently we worked with a new origin in Uganda, and in total, we now have seventeen origins we use to make chocolate. Since we only add organic cane sugar to the beans, any flavor nuances from the beans themselves and the environment where they grow are especially important.

This bar represents my two months, from September to October of 2022, when I worked on developing the flavor profile for our new Semuliki Forest, Uganda 70% chocolate bar. The beans are small and oval, kind of reddish brown, and are noticeably more intensely acidic / fragrant than our usual bean. Originally we wanted this chocolate to taste more classically fudgy and caramelly, but once we started testing, we found that there was a very interesting tropical-fruit note, a very intense forward note, of bananas and pineapples. We tried to emphasize those flavor notes by taking a medium roast for a shorter amount of time, and I did a low conche temperature to preserve the delicate fruit aromas.

These are the very first bars ever from Uganda, within our chocolate factory. Our last new origin was Vale Potumuju, Brazil, almost two years ago, so a new origin is a big deal for us.

Nate
Latitude Trade Company

About Semuliki Forest, Uganda

Map of Semuliki Forest, Uganda

About Semuliki Forest, Uganda

Latitude Trade Company

We first met Jeff Steinberg in 2017 when he visited our factory on Valencia Street looking to understand more about specialty cocoa. Jeff founded Latitude Trade Company (LTC) in 2016, as a social enterprise and certified B corporation that works with Ugandan smallholder producers to bring local products to market.

Flash forward seven years, and now LTC works with over 4,500 smallholder farmers in Uganda providing training, microfinancing, and insurance, and pays a premium price for the farmers’ cocoa. These beans are used by a number of makers throughout the world, including some of our favorites, such as Soma Chocolate Makers in Toronto; Fjak out of Eidfjord, Norway; and Monsoon from Tucson. LTC also provides training to farming households on everything from organic agronomy to financial literacy. Additionally, LTC set up their own bean-to-bar chocolate factory and café, which not only provides additional income, but allows immediate feedback on the flavor and quality of their beans. If you’re in Kampala you should swing by!

Near the town of Bundibugyo in western Uganda, Semuliki Forest cocoa is grown by roughly 1,000 organically certified regional farmers, of whom 52 percent are women. LTC’s centralized fermentation facility is located in the village of Bumate, about 4.5 kilometers southeast of Bundibugyo, at the base of the hills leading up into the mountains. Fermentation varies from five to six days, and beans are sun-dried on portable raised decks for six to seven days, and then blended to create consistent lots of delicious beans before export.