This is wath I was waiting for now for about two years, a truly Madagascar chocolate bar, and thanks to the help from a "Gourmandine"friend I received a very special one, thanks.
Wath I can tell you more about Menakao. While the Menakao brand was launched in 2011, Cinagra is a producer of fine quality chocolates since 2006. The factory is located on the outskirts of Antananarivo, approximately
15 kilometres from the capital centre. About 20 full-time employees work at the factory, where production facilities meet HACCP standards.
|A dark chocolate sweetened with measure, just enough to release the deep cocoa flavour and clear notes of red fruits and citrus. An intense, elegant and bright chocolate with a long, rich and subtle acidic finish.|
It is a bean to bar chocolate produced in Madagascar. Mena means red in Malagasy. Red like the color of the cacao, the color of the land, the color of the sambirano river, where the cacao is coming from. It is a superior washed cacao, made in the low and high sambirano valley. It comes from an "encadrement paysannal". Which means the planters follow the directives to produce the best beans. The small amount produced allow a 5 to 6 days drying period.
The employees are paid more that the minimum wage. They have free transportation to go and come back from work, free meals for lunch, free social security for them and their family, but not least they work in excellent conditions and something probably close to luxury in Madagascar, they have hot showers. I know for us this is so basic but in Madagascar it's luxury.
Menako is launching a line of 7 bars, including some with fine spices from Madagascar.
|A chocolate that shakes you, with deep cocoa flavours and a clear acidic finish. For an intense experience.|
You can learn more about the products on www.menakao.com
The website is really amateur at the moment, but will shortly improve.
Also some impressions of Kerstin who love chocolate