Lake Como Blu Dark Chocolate

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Marco Colzani is committed to making the freshest, cleanest chocolate imaginable. His Lago di Como Blu (Lake Como Blue) Dark Chocolate is his signature recipe, crafted to perfectly balance the aromas and rich flavors of the cacao bean. With notes of ginger, red fruits and freshly ground pepper, this chocolate is remarkably smooth with no bitterness.

Lago di Como Blu is a 70% blend of two single-origin cacao beans. One is the criollo cacao bean variety and the other is trinitario, but Marco keeps the countries of origin and exact percentages of these beans top secret to protect his recipe. That’s how phenomenal this chocolate is! It also melts in your mouth much slower than conventional chocolate, because it contains about 30% less fat.

Marco is one of the world’s few true “bean-to-bar” chocolatiers. He regularly travels to visit his cacao bean suppliers to get to know the farmers, taste the beans right at the source, and work with the farmers to develop the best fermentation methods. Marco only makes chocolate in thin, individually-wrapped squares, which he says are the perfect size for experiencing the full pleasure of his chocolate. Like a glass of special wine, this chocolate is meant to be savored in just the right quantity, so you can truly appreciated the nuances of these carefully sourced cacao beans.

That is also why Marco uses just two ingredients: cacao beans and cane sugar - no additives, no preservatives, no soy or vanilla. He calls his chocolate “spremuta di fave” -  the freshly squeezed juice of cacao beans. His recipe is never the same twice, since he adjusts the sugar-to-cacao bean ratio based on each individual batch of beans. He also ages his chocolate for 2-3 months; like in winemaking, aging lets the chocolate’s deep flavor develop, but this a costly process that most chocolate makers skip. Marco’s chocolate is also un-conched, which means it is processed as little as possible, so the beans maintain their natural flavor characteristics.

Marco Colzani is a young, passionate chocolatier who opened his own laboratory in 2016. After graduating with a degree in agriculture, Marco became an enologist. But, eager to return to his roots in Lake Como, he soon took all the research and technical skill he had learned in his study of wine - origins, terroir, fermentation, acidity, sugars and oxidation - and turned it to a new passion: chocolate. Under his brand C-Amaro, Marco produces three spreads: pistachio, almond, and chocolate hazelnut, as well as a line of bean-to-bar chocolate. In all of the artisanal sweets he produces, his philosophy is simple: “to take away everything that is unnecessary, and try to come as close as possible to the original.”

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