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Review: Chocolate Monggo Dark 69%
Chocolate Monggo Dark 69%
Posted: 22 March 2012
Put this Monggo 69% bar against all the other Monggo 58% bars I've tried, and the Monggo 69% does some serious pounding. The 69% chocolate is so much richer, fuller, and more substantial than the hollow 58% Monggo is passing off as export quality.
price/gram: USD 0.038
Cocoa %: 69
Up till now, every single
Monggo bar I'd ever tried consisted of Chocolate Monggo's
58% base, and I won't lie to be polite. I was getting
pretty f--king sick of it! And then this bar appeared.
An extra fine dark, at 69%. Monggo uses Indonesian
imagery to draw the 6 and 9 on the front wrapper.
Why did Monggo use 69%?
Perverts out there will suggest 69 was used because of its
name as a sexual position. Surf adult web sites, sickoes,
not the Chocolate Republic! Perhaps the founders
were enamored with the musical changes taking place in 1969,
the year of the Woodstock music festival in upstate New
York. Maybe they wanted to make this bar 71%, but were
short the extra 2% cacao at the time.
Actually, it doesn't matter
why Monggo chose to go extra dark with 69%.
Personally, I was thrilled with that choice because it gave
me an ideal chance to compare this bar alongside the
Willie's bar manufactured with Indonesian cacao, also
containing 69% cocoa solids. It's not often I get the
chance to compare two bars of similar type, both containing
identical cocoa solids and made from cacao in the same part
of the world.
It's not much of a contest.
In the one corner, Willie's Indonesian 69 is a chiseled well
built block, developed by having to compete with the finest
chocolates the UK has to offer. In the other, you have the
sheltered Monggo 69% that only has to impress gawky eyed
Indonesian yuppies who previously thought fine chocolate was
a bar of Cadbury Malaysia with nutella smeared on top.
Willie's pounds the Monggo 69% so deep into the ground, I
think we'd need mine-digging equipment to retrieve it.
Willie's is more than 50% more expensive per gram, but more
than 50% better, too.
But on another test, Monggo
succeeds. Isn't there an adage which says you
shouldn't compare yourself to others? Instead, why not
compare yourself to yourself? Are your growing,
advancing, attaining? Put this Monggo 69% bar against
all the other Monggo 58% bars I've tried, and the Monggo 69%
does some serious pounding. The 69% chocolate is so
much richer, fuller, and more substantial than the hollow
58% Monggo is passing off as export quality.
Unknowingly, I'd saved the best Monggo bar for last.
I give Chocolate Monggo a lot
of credit and wish the founders much success. Yes,
it's overrated chocolate, but can I fault these upstarts for
riding the overhype bandwagon? Chocolate Monggo is in
the right place at the right time. The higher quality
chocolate wave is finally reaching Indonesia's shores, and
Indonesians are now ready to fork out a little extra for
better chocolate, better yet for them if it's from
Indonesia. The Monggo 69% can give everyone in
Indonesia a little hope that this island nation doesn't need
a Willie or a Van Houten to turn its native cacao into