The new crop of Papua New Guinea is in, and is a kinder, gentler crop this year. If you have been put off in the past by the aggressive smoke this new crop is much slighter in smoke, and instead highlights more of the origin itself – piquant acidity, good chocolate and hints of leather. And because I simply could not pass it up, here is a third cocoa bean from the Dominican Republic. La Red. It’s organic, has a beautiful preparation and is very forgiving so is great for a starter bean.