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Cocoa Challenging Violence

Feeling inspired and empowered by this documentary. It’s a brave and honest piece that gives a voice to all Colombians that keep working the Land, despite all the horrors that, for generations, the war has carved in their memory. Recommended to all of you that keep doing what you love, because you haven’t stopped believing in a better tomorrow.

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El Cacao: una producto de una lucha.

via Chocolate of Peace – English — Chocolate de Paz

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Xocolatl

Even cacao trees have mothers to be thankful for! Tall trees like banana, coconut, and rubber are often planted around cacao to provide the shade they need and are referred to as “mother trees.”

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via Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate op Instagram: “Even cacao trees have mothers to be thankful for! Tall trees like banana, coconut, and rubber are often planted around cacao to provide…”

 

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Pruning…cacao4hawaii

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Properly shaped seedling trees. Almost all the fruit is off the trees. Soon it’s the season for pruning. Some people no doubt see this as mundane, but there can be gratification in pruning. Especially after riding too much desk or swearing at chocolate machinery. Quietly shaping trees all day in a shady orchard. Bringing order to disorder. Stand back at the end of the day and appreciate the aesthetic.

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via Daniel O’Doherty op Instagram: “Properly shaped seedling trees. Almost all the fruit is off the trees. Soon it’s the season for pruning. Some people no doubt see this as…”

 

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Ethically sourced…

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via Aberfeldy Distillery on Twitter: “All our chocolate is #ethicallysourced but we really love the story of our Virunga 70% which preserves the habitat of endangered mountain gorillas, by planting a tree for every bar sold. Check out the @virungamovie documentary #homeofdewars #itsdramtime #teamvirunga… https://t.co/4JfWXAt8R3”

 

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Foodensity op Instagram: “One of the biggest debates for the production of fine chocolate is…”

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One of the biggest debates for the production of fine chocolate is that on the type of cocoa. There are seemingly minor details on the commercial classification of the various cocoas:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Bulk cocoas – About 94% of the world’s cocoa production is classified as “bulk” cocoa. This type of cocoa has just a basic chocolate flavor, with no ancillary notes. However, this does not imply cocoa of inferior quality.⠀⠀⠀

Specialty cocoas – “Specialty” cocoas indicate a range that generally commands premium prices over bulk cocoas (from about 20% rising to double or even treble the bulk cocoa bean prices). They are not traded as a commodity but have their own supply chains which preserve the identity of the individual lots. These cocoas are from specific geographic origins, varieties, environment-friendly growing regimes, and purchased under schemes that benefit the growers.⠀⠀⠀

“Fine” or “flavor” cocoas – There is no agreed definition of “fine” or “flavor” cocoas except they are purchased at a premium price (as for the specialty cocoas) for their ancillary flavors that are described variously as fruity, floral, spicy, nutty, etc..⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

These distinctions explain consequent aspects in buying and tasting:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Fine or flavor cocoas necessarily fall under specialty cocoas for their high commercial value.

Specialty cocoas may include cocoas that cannot strictly be considered “fine” or “flavor” for lacking certain aromatic notes other than a great chocolaty base.⠀

In the right perspective, when a chocolate bar just tastes like “chocolate” (with zero defects like bitterness, astringency, and undesired acidity) it is actually an indicator of quality, not necessarily a “flat” or “boring” experience. As a matter of fact, some chocolate bars exist with exceptionally rich chocolate flavor backgrounds satisfying our cravings even more than some poorly-processed products from “rare” cocoa varieties.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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via Foodensity op Instagram: “One of the biggest debates for the production of fine chocolate is that on the type of cocoa. There are seemingly minor details on the…”

 

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70% chocolate

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Both tubes are 70% chocolate. 50 nibs plus 20 butter is the same total as 70 nibs plus no butter. Adding butter speeds up the melt, reveals flavours faster, changes flavour profile of some beans -even if just a few %

Might be same total but different butter content. Nibs have about 50% butter plus or minus a few points depending on variety. So the 70% all nibs has 35% butter and the 50% nibs with additional 20% butter has a total of 45% butter. Nice imagery and visual

Yup plus or minus a few %. All these numbers and %s… we really needed a visual! People at festivals used to stare blankly now they get it instantly. Thanks to Adil @chocolatlnl for the inspiration!

via Iris and Bob Solkiki op Instagram: “Both tubes are 70% chocolate. 50 nibs plus 20 butter is the same total as 70 nibs plus no butter. Adding butter speeds up the melt…”

 

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Cheje…

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via Madeline Weeks op Instagram: ““Ceje” is the local name for the birds that attack cacao pods like this one. Some farmers reported that birds eat 30-70% of the cacao pods,…”

 

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