Original Beans Cru Virunga – Review


Cru Virunga bar - 2011Original Beans might have changed a few things like new packaging design and a new lower price, but not everything is brand new.  My favorite Original Beans chocolate bar is back and this time with a vibrant purple splash on the packaging.

Original Beans Cru Virunga hails from the Eastern Congo.  Maybe you’ve heard of the civil war, rebel fighting or Rwandan massacres?  Rebels hiding in the jungles use valuable minerals and natural resources like timber and gold to fund their wars.  This area is home to large areas of rain forest and rare animal species, like the beautiful gorilla which this chocolate bar is determined to protect.

A gourmet chocolate bar came from this place?  Yes, and if you haven’t tried it then you are missing out.  The previous Cru Virunga bar was delicately sweet with mild berry notes.  I loved that bar.  Let’s taste this 2011 Cru Virunga bar from Original Beans and see how it compares:

  • This 70% dark chocolate comes out of the package with a smooth, glossy sheen.  The aroma is earthy, hints of juicy, dark red cherries and is followed by a dry tobacco note.  The bar has a super crisp snap and melts cleanly in my mouth without a sticky or tacky feel.  This bar does not bite…it caresses my taste buds.  Dark, smooth and sensual.  Low acidity with an extremely long finish.

Congo is one of the most troubled nations on the planet and one of the poorest, but maybe cacao can restore the area.  There are a lot of great things Original Beans has accomplished in the Congo in the few years they’ve been there.  Check out my post Orignal Beans Is Helping The Planet With Chocolate

More work needs to be done, to be sure.  For every bar you buy Original Beans will plant a tree in the region of the bean’s origin, which means you will help preserve the gorilla’s native habitat.   Original Beans also has recyclable packaging, offset their fossil fuel use and use renewable energy in the production of their chocolate.

A chocolate company making a difference and you can help, too.  The Cru Virunga chocolate bar and all the Original Beans chocolate are available at Drexelius Chocolates now.  Make your taste buds tingle!

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