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laur76 Oct 26, 2006 04:48 PM

has anyone tried their choccolate or chocolate beer? Is it good chocolate?

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    armaity Feb 8, 2007 03:30 PM

    Ferran Adrias brother ,Albert Adria is the chocolatier who owns Cacao Sampaka. The place does not claim to make spanish chocolate, but completely reimagines chocolate.
    That said he makes a pretty good traditional spanish thick drinking chocolate.

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    1. re: armaity
      Tartinet Feb 9, 2007 09:39 AM

      Thanks for the info, I didn't know there was an Adria involved.

      I had some chocolates from Cacao Sampaka (I think it was their Americas collection), including chili, curry, saffron, ... They were great. We brought back the oddball collection for some friends (anchovy, vinegar...), but we forgot to get some for ourselves. Hopefully our friends will share, and I'll report back!

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      lulucat Dec 26, 2006 09:02 PM

      I was in Barcelona in November and wished I had had time to visit more chocolate places. That said, I wasn't too impressed with Xocoa: the chocolate was okay , but I thought that Cacao Sampaka's was of much better quality and flavor.

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      1. re: lulucat
        Chuckles the Clone Jan 1, 2007 05:28 AM

        Cacao Sampaka's aztec chocolate with its hint of hot pepper is really
        pretty great. But it's so far from a traditional Spanish chocolate that
        why bother?

        I've spent some time trying to find the best chocolate in Barcelona. Unfortunately
        I've interwoven that time with simultaneously trying to find the best Carajillo in
        Barcelona so my judgement may be clouded. But for my money, the best to be found
        is at the Cafe de l'Opera up there about halfway up the Ramblas.

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        whitedoghunch Dec 25, 2006 09:02 AM

        chocolate is good as are the staff.
        I prefer ww.bubo.ws

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          whitedoghunch Dec 4, 2006 03:08 PM

          www.bubo.ws is far better

          1. emily Nov 6, 2006 04:41 PM

            I tried a few things last April, but wasn't very impressed.

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              ALROC Dec 24, 2006 10:26 AM

              Why were you not impressed?
              The Wrappers on the Chocolate Bars are fantastically wrapped !!
              Is there a quality or taste problem ?

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                emily Dec 25, 2006 04:10 PM

                The chocolate didn't seem to be of very high quality and the pieces I tried didn't wow me in terms of flavor. I always try new chocolate shops when I travel, though, and am rarely excited. Xocoa wasn't bad, it just didn't rank as high as my favorites (Kee's in NYC, Patrick Roger in Paris, Woodhouse in Napa...)

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