I was hoping to have more than one bar to feature for Missouri, especially for covering Patric, but unfortunately this was the only one I had immediately on hand. Despite this minor disappointment, I was excited to try this bar because not only does green tea in chocolate make me super excited, but coffee + chocolate are always a great pair! Chocolate and coffee need to be friends way more often because they have so much in common. They:
- are grown in similar climates and countries
- usually go through a roasting phase that affect their flavor
- not all coffee tastes the same as is the case with chocolate
- and both have rabid followers with strong opinions and selective palates for only the top notch stuff
A trip to France inspired Alan “Patric” McClure to start Patric in 2006 and begin making his own chocolate. Their website has a timeline showing how Patric has grown including achievements, new bars, being mentioned in press and assisting in finding the Craft Chocolate Makers of America. Patric’s website walks the reader through the process their cacao goes through from the bean to the bar. Once their cacao/cocoa shells are separated from the nib, the shells are reused as mulch! (Undone Chocolate uses the shells for a cocoa shell tea.)
In that timeline mentioned above on Patric’s website, it shows that they started making the Mocha OMG bar in 2011 using Espresso 700 by Kaldi’s Coffee. I could smell the coffee from this bar and I could taste it, though the flavor was very subtle. This bar was getting kind of old since it had a slight ashy look to it like it was about to bloom (when the cocoa butter separates from the cocoa solids), it tasted kind of stale and the chocolate took a while to melt in my mouth. I imagine the coffee flavor would have been a little stronger if it was a freshly prepared bar and that it might have melted a little quicker. Despite the coffee flavor being subtle, the chocolate itself tasted like nothing. Hopefully that’s due to the staleness of the chocolate, otherwise I’ll be disappointed.
I do want to try this bar again to double check myself. I genuinely like the subtle coffee flavor and I almost ate the whole bar in one sitting because of that, but I would have liked more punch from the chocolate itself. What’s crazy is that the Patric website has a “Shop” section but you can’t order any bars. They just didn’t show any of their bars there. I hope that will change in the future. Thank goodness The Chocolate House sells Patric or I’d be very upset! I do want to give Patric another try and maybe see if I can sample one of their single origin bars.
Don’t forget to head over to Trish’s blog, Eating the Chocolate Alphabet, to see what state she will be covering next!
Patric: Made in Columbia, MO
Other chocolate makers in Missouri:
Askinosie – I’m currently trying their hazelnut spread!
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