Green & Black’s Espresso

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on July 2 2009 | Leave A Comment
Green & Black's Espresso

With the temperature here in London hitting 32°C, it’s possibly not the best time to be reviewing chocolate. But I had this sat on my desk, and I wanted to try it, so I had no other choice but to review it too.

I’m a bit of a fan of a good quality coffee flavoured chocolate, but I know from experience that it’s something that’s very easy to get wrong.

This 100g bar is an organic 70% dark chocolate, and as you can see, it’s divided into 30 small chunks…

Green & Black's Espresso

When you pop a chunk into your mouth, you immediately realise why. The coffee flavour is intense. Really intense. If the chunks were any bigger, it would be too much, but as it is, each little chunk is enough to give you a short, sharp coffee hit.

The flavour is so strong that it’s difficult to taste the actual chocolate. But the texture is smooth (no grainy bits here!), and on a hot day like today, it melts away quickly on the tongue. There is a slight fruitiness at the end, but there’s really not much sweetness. I found it just a little too strong for my tastes, but even so I did find myself eating chunk after chunk without even realising I was doing it. It’s certainly a nice little pick-me-up for an afternoon in a warm office.

If you’re not a coffee fan, then you’re definitely not going to like this – it’s a basically a strong cup of black coffee in solid form. If that’s how you take you’re coffee, then I’d definitely recommend giving it a go. It was a little too strong for my tastes, but it’s clearly made with some quality ingredients.

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  1. Ben

    I love Green & Black’s and I love Coffee Chocolate – if anyone finds this in Australia please let us know!

  2. Christine

    I’m a huge fan on G&B but I’ve not seen this one before! Echoing the above comment and hope these are available in Australia soon.
    Heads up to other Aussies – I notice that Woolworths have G&B on special – 2 for $4. I’ll be stocking up on my beloved Maya Gold!

  3. I’m a huge fan on G&B but I’ve not seen this one before! Echoing the above comment and hope these are available in Australia soon.
    Heads up to other Aussies – I notice that Woolworths have G&B on special – 2 for $4. I’ll be stocking up on my beloved Maya Gold!
    OH! You’re my new favorite blogger fyi

  4. GrumpyTart

    I’d disagree with you on the intense coffee flavour. I was actually very disappointed after buying some of this a few weeks back, and won’t be buying it again. G&B get a big fat FAIL from me I’m afraid. Although their Maya Gold is sublime :)

  5. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    GrumpyTart – not sure how you can not think this has an intense coffee flavour. It’s probably the most intense coffee chocolate I’ve had. Just found a couple of other reviews that confirm my opinion.

    http://www.typetive.com/candyblog/item/green_blacks_espresso_chocolate/
    “It’s not for the faint of heart, this is high octane stuff…”

    http://candyaddict.com/blog/2006/07/17/review-green-and-blacks-organic-chocolate/
    “A serious coffee kick. Serious.”

    I don’t know why you didn’t get that coffee hit, but I stand by my review. :)

  6. GrumpyTart

    Maybe I got a dodgy bar? But all I could taste was dark chocolate :(

  7. Jim

    This is on my review list! looks fab! I hope the coffee hit is as strong as you decribe it!

    Jim

  8. Simon

    I wonder how it compares to Conscious’ superb espresso bar?

  9. Hannah

    “Thirding” the plea for anyone to let us know if this is available in Australia! I’ve been longing for an affordable coffee dark chocolate – love the Michel Cluizel but it’s too expensive too buy regularly, and I’ve tried the Lindt Coffee Intense several times but honestly can’t taste any coffee at all (1% coffee, Lindt?!)

  10. Maggie

    Oh, I’ll definitely give it a try – I’m a fan of strong coffee aromas and flavours, so I think this one will be just right for me. Is it available in the shops already, or did you get a sample somewhere?

  11. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    Just found this in my local corner shop… felt like we hadn’t done any G&B for ages so I bought it.

  12. By some strange coincidence, I came across this retailing on A Lot of Chocolate today and Google’d to see if I could find any reviews, and this popped up. After the Milo nuggets and this, I know now to come to this site first to see if you’ve reviewed the more uncommon chocolate bars I’ve come across!

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