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The Cacao and Coffee series: In coffee we refer to many of the varieties coming from Ethiopia and East Africa, the birthplace of coffee, as “heirloom” and not as each specific variety. There are so many varieties, and local names differ to internationally accepted names in any case.⁣

⁣We can say the same about wild cacao from the Amazon region. There are so many cacao varieties that people decide to call them wild cacao instead of Amelonado, Catongo, Trinitario, etc. These wild cacao varieties usually come with an exotic taste due to its nature, similar to heirloom coffee varieties. You could call it birthplace diversity explosion!⁣

source: PDG Cacao Instagram

 

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Het gebrek aan smaak in supermarkchocolade.

Het gebrek aan smaak in supermarkchocolade

Je bent misschien gewend je chocolade in de supermarkt te halen. Dat is prima hoor, wij halen ook geregeld boodschappen in de supermarkt. Ze hebben er een groot assortiment, het is lekker dichtbij, makkelijk (zelfscan!)

Maar eigenlijk zou je dat in het geval van chocolade misschien beter niet te vaak doen. En dan hebben we het nog niet eens over welke repen nu echt eerlijk zijn, maar in eerste instantie puur over smaak.

De smaak van de gemiddelde supermarktreep is namelijk naar onze mening behoorlijk saai, en vlak. Dan hebben we het over standaard repen. Puur, melk of wit. Dus geen speciale gevulde creaties, of chocolades waar een smaakje bij zit.

Gooi er extra veel suiker in, en dan nog wat vanille-aroma erbij om de matige smaak van de cacao te verbloemen (je wil trouwens niet weten wat daar in kan zitten..) wordt elke reep zo’n beetje hetzelfde. En zit er een keer weinig suiker bij dan proef je weinig meer dan bitterheid.

De smaak van chocolade wordt in eerste instantie bepaald door de gebruikte bonen. En precies dat is iets waar de chocoladefabrieken graag op bezuinigen. Zo goedkoop mogelijk, en dus zonder al te veel te letten op de kwaliteit. De focus ligt op zoveel mogelijk oogst voor zo min mogelijk geld. Dan moet er weliswaar wat aroma bij om het eetbaar te maken, maar dat vinden deze makers echt niet zo’n punt.

En liefst presenteren ze méér oogst ook nog als duurzame oplossing. Want als de cacaoboeren nu eens meer gaan produceren, dan krijgen ze toch ook meer geld? Of is het vooral in het belang van de cacaobedrijven zelf?

Let wel, we generaliseren een beetje. Want ook in sommige grotere chocoladefabrieken wordt heus wel lekkere chocolade gemaakt, en meer produceren voor dezelfde moeite kán echt wel in het belang van de boer zijn.

Maar we kunnen je wel verzekeren: ook al staan er verschillende merkjes op, veel repen in en buiten de supermarkt komen uit dezelfde fabrieken. En qua smaak kunnen we je proefondervindelijk garanderen dat ze vrijwel zonder uitzondering vlak van smaak zijn.

Met dank aan Chocoladeverkopers

 

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“We are proud of our range and we hope you love it too.”

“Chocolate is not something we need as part of our diet.
But it is something our soul needs.”

Not so long ago, I had a nice contact with Chi from Atypic Artiste Chocolatier in Melbourne Australia and so it be started. After looking at there website and seeing there amazing Origin Chocolate bars I was convinced of there quality and vision on making the best chocolate for Melbourne and Australia. Reading the story of Charles Lemai and the next line: “…you become part of a community and our love of chocolate connects us all.” I was solded, I needed to have these bars and I was hungry to taste there unconventional and differently made bars of the Pacific Islands such as Vanuatu, Solomon Islands,…

Atypic_1080p from charles.lemai on Vimeo.

Unrefined 45% milk chocolate is made with beans from the heart of the solomon islands. This textural sensation will take you on a ride to remember.
The packaging is just amazingly stunning.
KALAMANSI CARAMEL
HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE
SALTED CARAMEL

At Atypic, they are truly passionate about there chocolate and only work with cacao growers who provide respect, care and love to their produce and the land it comes from. The beans are sourced from farmers practicing organic growing processes and support independent businesses who follow ethical, sustainable and fair-trading practices. Nature has done its part to create distinct flavour profiles for each cacao bean source and Atypic Artiste Chocolatier invest a lot of time bringing out these authentic cacao flavours.

Charles Lemai

They pay a premium fee for our beans which are sourced from there neighbours in the Pacific Islands, working directly with the farmers who grow, ferment, and dry the cacao we buy. They frequently visit there suppliers to learn about their process, visit the plantations and ensure the highest standards of quality and sustainability are met.

Find more about Atypic Artisan Chocolatier

Available now at Chocolatier 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.

 

Among the pioneers of the US craft chocolate…

Amano is veruit de meest gelauwerde chocolademaker van Amerika. Punt. Waarom is geen geheim, met Amano’s uitgesproken benadering gebruik makend van zowel de Amerikaanse als Europese stijl van chocolade maken. Je vind de kenmerken van de licht geroosterde cacao die je zou verwachten van een ‘avant-gardistische’ Amerikaanse maker, maar in balans gebracht met zachte cacao boter en aromatische vanille van de meer vooruitstrevende Europese chocolade makers. Geen serieuze chocolade selectie is compleet zonder Amano Chocolate.

En daarom hebben wij in ons assortiment deze uitzonderlijke chocolademaker opgenomen en met mondjesmaat gaan verkopen aan de aandachtige chocoladekenners die Art Pollart naar waarde weten schatten.

You can’t possibly go wrong with Amano chocolate. Among the pioneers of the US craft chocolate movement, chocolate maker Art Pollard started making chocolate from the beans in 2006 in Orem, Utah. Since then, the company has grown to be recognized as an excellence in the industry, winning countless prizes and awards for its single-origin and inclusion bars.
If you want to buy Amano’s bars for yourself or your loved ones, check out in our store and feel free to ask more about them.

Amano Guayas, Ecuador 70%
Rich chocolate flavor, green banana, blackberry, smoke, cedar, molasses
Amano Ocumare, Venezuela 70%
Gentle chocolate flavor, plum, smoke, espresso
(Note, these are natural flavors of the cocoa beans Amano uses in the chocolate — not added flavors.)
Amano Cuyagua, Venezuela 70%
Rich chocolate flavor, apricot, melon, and exotic spices

Amano Morobe, Papua New Guinea 70%
Rich chocolate flavor, lime, red grapefruit, leather, earthiness, and spice.
Amano Macoris, Dominican Republic 70%
Molasses, brown sugar, cream, caramel, nuts and dried apricots.

Amano Cardamom Black Pepper
Rich dark Dos Rios chocolate with bergamot orange, blueberry and lavender notes made out of Dominican Republic cacao beans. The magical flavor of cardamom with the slight warmth of black pepper. Crunch bits make it extra electrifying.
Amano Mango Chili
Rich dark Guayas chocolate with green banana and blackberry notes made out of cacao beans of Ecuador. Rich creamy mango with the warmth of chili peppers.

available http://www.patisserievercruysse.be

 

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The Chocolate Fruit: Looking Inside a Cacao Pod

The anatomy of a cacao pod. Credit: United States Department of Agriculture, Public Domain, with labels added by Julio Guevara
Cacao pod cut in half, leaving the pulp-covered seeds visible. Credit: Eduardo Salazar

Can We Use The Whole Cacao Pod?
So, if the cacao seeds are the only part of the fruit that ends up in our chocolate, does that mean the rest goes to waste?

Not necessarily.

We’ve already mentioned that pulp can be consumed on its own. Additionally, Eduardo tells me, “In Latin American countries, the cacao [by-products] may be used to feed livestock.”

Alfredo adds that “cacao pods uses are varied. In a cacao event in Thailand, they served a dinner with more than 70 different [cacao] servings that varied from soups, rice, meats, desserts, drinks and others.”

And Pedro explains that, even when the by-products aren’t consumed, they can still be reused. “The shell of the pod, once it’s been harvested normally, is left in the plantation because the Forcipomyia fly (principle insect that helps in the pollination of the cocoa flower) will lay its eggs in there. Then [the shell] is reincorporated in the soil once it’s degraded,” he says. “Other farmers make compost with the shells because they are rich in potassium and help to improve organic matter in the soil.”

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Tips for pairing chocolates and wine

Chocolate comes in many varieties much like wine. Many people can’t imagine pairing chocolate with a fine wine, but the complexity and differences of both can make for an exciting, flavorful match.

Choosing your pairs
It’s important to remember that most wine-pairing guidelines are just that… guidelines. There are no hard and fast rules. You may find that while you prefer dark chocolate with a nutty, roasty Cabernet, your equally wine- or food-savvy friend may go for a vintage Port. But if you’re a wine and chocolate-pairing novice, follow these quick tips to match your favorite decadence with just the right wine.

White chocolate pairings
White chocolate is mellow and buttery. Its flavor makes it ideal for softer wines like Sherry or an Orange Muscat. Some people also like it with a light (often white) Zinfandel.
Sherry increases the creaminess of white chocolate, while Orange Muscat picks up any light fruit tones that may be present in some white chocolates (depending on the maker). Zinfandel is actually a contrasting flavor because of its heavy tannin content, but some tasters appreciate the dynamic flavors. Overall white chocolates usually go best with dessert wines.

Milk chocolate
The creaminess of milk chocolate pairs with a Ruby Port, Pinot Noir or light-bodied Merlot (or other light-bodied, light-flavored wines). Dessert wines (Rieslings, Muscats, etc.) may also be a good complement. These types of wines pair well with milk chocolate because the mild tannin levels underscore the creamy flavor without overpowering it.

Dark or intense dark chocolate
Dark or bittersweet chocolate pairs with a variety of wines and often make some of the most interesting pairings. Since they’re often more complex themselves, they usually require a more complex wine to accompany them.

Look for a wine that’s a little more robust (maybe even a roast-y or nutty flavor). In fact, many wines, especially Cabernets and Zinfandels, often have their own hint of chocolate flavor. Try a robust Pinot Noir or full-bodied Merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Tawny or Vintage Port.

Wine & chocolate tasting
The best way to find out your favorite chocolate and wine combination is trial and error. Make it fun by hosting a chocolate and wine tasting with some of your friends. Just buy a selection of wines and fine chocolates and invite everyone to taste (starting with the lightest flavors first) and choose their favorites.

 

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