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Recent Articles

August 16, 2019

What Is a Cacao Cut Test & When Is it Useful?

July 22, 2019

Understanding Chocolate Flavour, Texture, & Astringency

July 11, 2019

Should The Cacao Industry Be Afraid of CCN-51?

June 17, 2019

What Happens During Cacao Fermentation?

June 3, 2019

How Does Craft Chocolate Compare to Specialty Coffee?

November 25, 2019

Chocolate & Wine: How to Plan a Perfect Match

Most people would agree that wine and chocolate make a great combination. However, some wines will go better with certain chocolates than others, and vice versa. This is because when paired appropriately, the qualities of both are individually enhanced. A pairing session is a great way to explore the similarities and differences between different wines and chocolates, so you can discover how they complement each other. With qualities like astringency,… read more

Most people would agree that wine and chocolate make a great combination. However, some wines will go better with certain chocolates than others, and vice versa. This is because when paired appropriately, the qualities of both are individually enhanced. A… read more

July 16, 2018

Introducing The Different Fine Cacao Origins Around The World

A silky-smooth Ecuadorian. A rich Madagascan. An aromatic Papua New Guinean. What’s the difference between these three chocolate bars, really? There are so many factors...

April 25, 2018

Understanding The Ingredients List on Your Fine Chocolate Bar

Have you ever wondered what that other 15% is in your 85% fine chocolate bar? Sometimes, it’s obvious that certain ingredients have been added: pistachio,...

March 15, 2018

How to Roast Fine Cacao: A Beginner’s Guide

Dear chocolate lovers, you too can create your own delicious, melt-in-the-mouth bars. The journey from bean to bar includes many stages but, today, I’m going...

February 21, 2018

The Chocolate Fruit: Looking Inside a Cacao Pod

Want to know where your chocolate comes from? You’ll have to travel to hot, humid climates where rain falls frequently and your clothes stick to...

February 13, 2018

Chocolate Pairings: Tips From a Fine Cacao Expert

That moment we take our first bite of a fine chocolate bar, letting it melt onto our tongue, we are tasting happiness. But there’s no reason...

February 6, 2018

Cacao Harvesting & Processing: A Step By Step Explanation

How do those brightly coloured cacao pods get turned into your delicious chocolate bar? There are many stages along the way and there’s no doubt...

January 23, 2018

Fine Chocolate Meets Specialty Coffee: A New Kind of “Hot Cocoa”

Chocolate deserves to be more than just an addition to a mocha or cappuccino. With its diverse notes and aromas (not to mention the impact...

January 11, 2018

Sweet Treats: How Is Fine Chocolate Made?

Whether it’s a delicious 80% Ghanan dark chocolate, a vanilla-infused Peruvian chocolate bonbon, or even a specialty hot cocoa, your favorite sweet treat begins life...

December 13, 2017

Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: What Does This Label Really Mean?

Countless artisanal chocolate bars bear the label “bean to bar”. Chocolatiers will proudly point to it as a sign of quality. But what does it...

October 25, 2017

A History of Chocolate Consumption Around The World

Chocolate hasn’t always been a sweet treat: over the past few millennia, it’s been a bitter brew, a spiced sacrificial drink, and a symbol of...

September 4, 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to Cacao & Chocolate Flavour Profiles

Eating fine chocolate is far more than a simple indulgence. It’s a complex sensory experience, filled with diverse tastes, aromas, and textures. From delicate floral...

June 21, 2017

How to Evaluate Cacao & Chocolate

Looking to improve your understanding of cacao and chocolate? This delicious food increases our happiness, is a common gift on dates, and was famously used...