Following is a list of unique flavor notes by country. The list was principally developed by the respected artisanal chocolate company, Scharffen Berger:
Madagascar: Bright acidity. Light citrus flavors reminiscent of tangerines.
Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire: Deep, classic cocoa flavors. Lends balance to more complex beans.
São Tomé: Bold, upfront chocolate notes with underlying roasted coffee tones.
Mexico and Central America:
Mexico: Bright acidity
Costa Rica: Fruity with a balanced cocoa flavor.
Panama: Classic cocoa flavor highlighted by subtle fruit and roasted nut flavors.
Colombia: Deep cocoa flavor with moderate fruitiness. Slightly bitter.
Ecuador: Known best for the Arriba bean. Well-balanced floral (jasmine) and fruit notes. Also has herbal tones.
Brazil: Bright acidity. Well-balanced cocoa flavors, often with subtle fruity notes.
Venezuela: Complex fruit flavors. Evokes flavors of ripe red plums and dark cherries. Very well-balanced.
Dominican Republic (also identified on bars as Santo Domingo): Deep earthy flavor. Fragrant tobacco notes. Some beans have delicate red wine and spice notes.
Trinidad and Tobago: Complex fruitiness with appealing spiciness such as cinnamon. Very well-balanced.
Jamaica: Bright and fruity, with appealing aromas. Complex and well-balanced. Often recalls subtle flavors of pineapples.
Indonesia (also identified on bars as Java): Well-balanced. Appealing acidity balanced with clean cocoa flavors