Rausch Plantagen Schokolade
I recently, browsing al local imported foods shop, I came across chocolate bars from a chocolate maker I had never heard of, “Rausch Platagen Schokolade”. There were a few different varieties with different percentages of cocoa. I got the milk chocolate with 43% cocoa, called Puerto Cabello. The short review: This choc rocks! It was rich and creamy, with a full-bodied chocolate flavor. Not too sugary. Really nice stuff. So I looked up the company, Rausch.
As you might have guessed, that’s German. They’re a family-run company based in Berlin, founded in 1918. Each of their products uses cocoa from a single growing region somewhere in the world. Here is a run-down of the chocolate types and regions:
- Nouméa: Papua New Guinea
- Madanga: Madagascar
- Puerto Cabello: Venezuela (this is the milk chocolate I had)
- Guácimo: from Costa Rica
- Amacado: Peru
- El Cuador: Ecuador
- Tobago: Tobago
- Tembadoro: Trinidad
One thing I noticed in this list is that none of their cocoa comes from West Africa, which is where the bulk of the world’s cocoa currently comes from. I wonder why?
Here’s what their website has to say about their relationships with their cocoa growers:
We have the best cocoa farmers of the world as our partners – in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Trinidad, Tobago and Venezuela. We encourage and help them so that they will be able on a long-term basis to plant the best cocoa trees and produce and deliver the best cocoa possible without having to worry about their social situation.
I don’t know how readily available this chocolate is around the country & world, but if you ever see Plantagen Schokolade chocolate in a shop, I highly recommend it. Though I’ve only the Puerto Cabello so far, I’d bet they’re all pretty good. I need to get back to that store and pick up some more, along with some of their other chocolate varieties.