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Fermentation & Flavor Development

In the chocolate industry, fermentation is considered one of the crucial steps for the development of all the amazing flavors we experience in fine chocolate. The harvested beans, still covered in their white pulp, are loaded into buckets and transported to a central fermentation area for processing, often mixed in with beans from neighboring farms. Farmers then transfer the cocoa beans to specialized fermenting “sweatboxes”, usually covering them with banana leaves. Here is where the magic happens, or rather where science and nature join forces to develop the precursors of all the chocolatey flavors we so adore.

The process works something like this: the sugars inside the white pulp – glucose, fructose and sucrose – are transformed into alcohol. The alcohol then turns into acetic acid that diffuses into the beans themselves. The chemical reactions involved in fermentation produce a significant amount of heat, making the pile of beans reach temperatures up to 55°C after a few days. The germ within the bean dies and this triggers the release of enzymes. These enzymes are important for the development of chocolate flavors. We can say that these naturally occurring microorganism kick-start the fermentation process, changing the sugars in the pulp to organic acids, and giving the beans their flavor.

After 2-3 days, farmers turn the pile over. This helps to ensure an even fermentation and introduces air into the fermentation process which, depending on the cacao variety, can last up to 7 days.

Fermentation has such a big impact on the cocoa beans that, even by using the same exact cocoa beans, results can vary widely when tiny changes are made during the fermentation process (how long the beans stay inside the boxes, how many times they are turned, etc). Some craft chocolate makers have fun experimenting with cacao that has been subjected to different fermentation protocols. The results are chocolate bars with completely different aromatic profiles, even if they are made with the exact same beans!

thanks to DENNIS VAN ESSEN

 

For those who think white chocolate isn’t ‘real’ chocolate, have we got bars for you – The Washington Post

White chocolate with almond. Black base, chocolate in the background.
Available in our shop.

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Conscious organic Ecuadorian chocolate

Geen boom gekapt. Papier van suikerrietvezels. Kakao uit het Unesco biosfeer Sumaco in de Amazonas van Ecuador. De handgeselecteerde bonen komen van de Kichwa coöperatie Wiñak. In deze aromatische chocola komen de smaken van regenwoud volledig tot zijn recht.

 

Child Labor in Your Chocolate? Check Our Chocolate Scorecard…

Godiva has committed to “100% sustainable cocoa by 2020,” but has not provided information about who is certifying its cocoa, nor shared any progress or plans regarding their commitment.

Green America

 

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Welke chocolade gaan we morgen eten?

Welke chocolade gaan we morgen eten?

Creating awareness for a more direct trade and enhanced cocoa quality for the Democratic Republic of Congo. You want to know more? You want to be the first @patisserievercruysse to try a sample? Find out this weekend #sharewathisgreatandgoodinthisworld #geertvercruysse #kortrijk #doorniksewijk @zotocacao #rikolto #rdc #zoipapalexandratou #smallholders #kilimamwenza #manya — bij Share what is great and good in the world!

 

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True Stories Magazine Vol. 2 by Jamaica Cold Bush Organics…page 60,61,62,63.

 

Chocolate tasting 28/03/2019

Chocolate tasting 28/03/2019
Labooko Low Carb White
Labooko Raspberry
Chocolatemakers Dominicaanse Republiek 40%
Jordi’s Chocolate Sheep’s milk 51%
Pump Street Chocolate Rye crumb, milk & sea salt
Krakakoa 75% Kalamantan Indonesia
Original Beans Congo Republic 70%
Kacau Chocolate Ecuador 74%
Marou Vietnam Ba Ria 76%
French Broad Chocolate Costa Rica 80%
 

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La ciencia confirma que el chocolate y el vino son los mejores remedios para las arrugas – Mi Libro De Ideas

pairing chocolate and wine

 

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100% slaafvrije chocolade.

Het artikel uit een Nederlandse krant

Het is weeral “kort door de bocht” gaan, niet correct geïnformeerd, is slecht geïnformeerd!!

Het antwoord van ClearChox:

KRO-NCRV en BinnensteBuiten Mogen we even corrigeren: Er is wel degelijk chocola dat slaafvrij is. Alleen dat is iets duurder en ook veel beter van smaak. Bij ClearChox staan wij voor een transparante handelsketen en eerlijke vergoedingen. We importeren en distribueren en te koop bij een groeiend aantal (web-)winkels. Momenteel leveren wij aan zo’n 600 winkels in Benelux en Duitsland, Oostenrijk en Zwitserland.
Dit jaar zijn wij 10 jaar “jong” en alleen maar bezig met ver boven fairtrade chocolades.

Deze slaafvrije chocolades zijn ook bij ons te koop en daar zijn wij heel trots op, laten we ook op deze manier ons steentje bijdragen om de wereld beter en eerlijker te maken.

 

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via Le cacao équitable et bio en Haïti : un projet « gagnant-gagnant »

Le cacao équitable et bio en Haïti : un projet « gagnant-gagnant »

 
 
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