In 1986, the chocolate firm, Valrhona, launched Guanaja with the slogan “the most bitter chocolate in the world”. A couverture that meant a change in professionals’ perspectives on what a couverture was at that point in time, and forced Frédéric Bau and his then team to develop the “Essentiels” to help reformulate artisan recipes, a task that resulted in the opening of the Ecole Valrhona in 1989. The name of the couverture, Guanaja, commemorates Christopher Columbus’ first contact with cocoa beans upon arrival to the Caribbean island of Guanaja in 1502. At present, Guanaja is a combination of harvests from diverse origins (Latin America, Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Africa) that has notes with a very strong personality. Today, it is the firm’s most emblematic dark chocolate and one of their five best sellers. Their latest innovation related to this product was in 2008, with the launch of P 125 Coeur de Guanaja 80%, made with technology that enhances the intensity of chocolate by reducing the amount of cocoa butter. Congratulations!
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