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Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Cheap – Eater

We’re used to paying about $1 for a bar of chocolate. But that price undercuts the farmer, the flavor, and the finesse that it takes to make good chocolate. To understand why many craft chocolate makers have adopted the direct-trade model — and higher prices — let’s look at how Big Chocolate works with farmers.

An excerpt from ‘Bean to Bar: America’s Craft Chocolate Revolution’

Bron: Chocolate Shouldn’t Be Cheap – Eater

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Daintree taps Whole Sugarcane Sweetener to halve sugar in chocolate

Australian firm Daintree Estates is using a sweetener combo derived from sugarcane for its new milk chocolate range Fyto that it claims can half total sugar content.

Bron: Daintree taps Whole Sugarcane Sweetener to halve sugar in chocolate

 

Why Cocoa Season in Africa Starts With Bitterness.

For Ivory Coast, the world’s leading exporter of cocoa beans, the 2016-17 harvest season was one to forget. It was marred by plunging global prices, mass defaults by exporters that critics say the government should have prevented, and a surge in smuggling to neighboring Ghana.

Bron: Why Cocoa Season in Africa Starts With Bitterness – Bloomberg

 

“INDIA is going to be a super popular origin for craft chocolate in 2018.

Chocolate makers have developed a big curiosity for the fine cacao that grows in this country, and many of them have recently flown from Europe and the US to personally explore the beauty of this country’s cacao plantations. If you take a close look on Instagram, you would know who they are.
Some other makers are a step ahead and have already released a chocolate bar made with Indian fine cacao (Areté from California, US to name one).
The main source of this popular fine cacao is the Indian company GoGround Beans and Spices.

They don’t have an Instagram account and I didn’t even find a website actually, but they do have a Facebook page that you can check out. They are getting a looot of attention lately.
Although Latin America is still the main source of fine cacao for craft chocolate, several makers are looking East for new flavor profiles and exciting experiments. As you should know by now, the heart of a chocolate maker never settles.
Have you tried Single Origin chocolate made with Indian cacao?

Bron: Sharon Terenzi op Instagram: “INDIA is going to be a super popular origin for craft chocolate in 2018 🍫🌱🙌 Chocolate makers have developed a big curiosity for the fine…” • Instagram

 

De waarde van goedkope chocolade 

De prijs van een reep chocolade is, ook met Fairtrade, dermate laag, dat veel, vooral Afrikaanse boeren, geen menswaardig leven kunnen leiden.

Bron: De waarde van goedkope chocolade – ClearChox

 

Cocoa Prices Have Crashed but Smugglers Are Still Making Money – Bloomberg

Ghana’s cocoa board pays $27 more for a bag of beans than it’s worth in Ivory Coast. Illicit traders are profiting from the difference.

“Cocoa farmers are supposed to have money, but here we are very poor”

Bron: Cocoa Prices Have Crashed but Smugglers Are Still Making Money – Bloomberg

 

Why do we love chocolate?

 

This is one of the many reasons for loving chocolate… Just awesome…

 
 
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