Idilio Origins is a Swiss chocolate company from Basel. They source their beans from small farms which have an emphasis on quality. Idilio Origins concentrate on single origin chocolates and they try to work directly with the local farmers.
The word Idilio is Spanish and can mean a short poem celebrating the romance of living at one with nature, a sweet experience or a small treasure.
They sell ten different chocolate bars, all of them are wrapped in a clean and simple looking white paper. 6 of these 10 bars are contain only cocoa and sugar; the other 4 bars also contain cocoa nibs.
I bought this bar at the Salon du Chocolate in Zürich back in spring. The beans from this bar are from the area Sur–del–Lago close to the city of Merida in Venezuela. The cocoa content is 72%, and the conche has been used for 48 hours.
The cocoa bar has a weight of 80g, and inside of the paper wrapper, the bar is again wrapped in aluminium foil.
On the wrapper, it says that in this bar, one can taste aromas of coffee and prune, orange blossoms, cinnamon and raisins.
The texture of the bar is creamy, and it tastes fruity. I liked how long a piece of chocolate lasts in the mouth, it felt like the chocolate taste lingered forever. I shared this bar in the office, and even some colleagues who told me that they don’t like dark chocolate enjoyed a piece of this one. This probably means that this bar is not bitter at all. The sweetness and bitterness is balanced well, and the creaminess helps to transport the flavours.
The bar number 6 of the Idilio range is the same bar as this one (number 2), but with added cocoa nibs. I would like to taste that one as well, as probaly offers a little more texture (and I like a good crunch).