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The new single-village origin chocolate bar by Chocolate Concierge

This Labour Day, we debut the new Semai origin 78% dark chocolate bar by Chocolate Concierge.

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Primarily a chocolate-people matching service, Chocolate Concierge designs each chocolate tasting experience by starting from the roots and origin of the cacao plant. Bean origins are transparent in their chocolates, with origins from Costa Rica, Venezuela, Ghana and more.

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Being a chocolatier based in Kuala Lumpur, Chocolate Concierge is also at the source and forefront of advancing the awareness of the Malaysian cocoa origin. Their debut range of single-origin chocolate bars were created by purchasing the cacao fruit and freshly extracted wet beans from the Temuan people in Pahang—the third largest tribe of nineteen Orang Asli sub-ethnic groups living in Peninsular Malaysia.

Inside a cocoa pod (Picture credit: Michelin Guide SG)

Inside a cocoa pod (Picture credit: Michelin Guide SG)

The new Semai origin chocolate bar is unique in its single-village origin, made possibly by working closely with a Semai native tribe village in Pahang. By receiving fresh beans from the villagers, the wet beans are then fermented, dried and shaped into a bar of chocolate. 

Cacao bought from the Orang Asli villagers (Picture credit: Chocolate Concierge)

Cacao bought from the Orang Asli villagers (Picture credit: Chocolate Concierge)

During fermentation, the cacao is turned three times over six days before it is exclusively sun-dried for over a week, contributing to low acidity levels and a complex long woody finish with a pronounced cocoa profile that has tones of sake, seafood, roasted rice, amber caramel, lightly roasted coffee and cherry with pit.

Beans sun drying in racks (Photo credit: Chocolate Concierge)

Beans sun drying in racks (Picture credit: Chocolate Concierge)

By collaborating with Russian artist Elena Kravchenko to translate her perception of the Semai chocolate into illustrations, her designs then form the wrappers that now envelopes every bar, serving as a meaningful first encounter with the chocolate.

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It is apt then to celebrated Labour Day with the debut of the Semai bar, as it is the fruition of work and continued labour that is uncompromising in its attention to detail.

Chocolate Concierge’s Semai Single-Village Origin Chocolate Bars are available exclusively from today, 1st May 2017, at SPRMRKT and SPRMRKT Daily.

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