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PAGINA 5 VAN ONZE” CHOCOLADE ONLINE” KOPEN. KOM GERUST NAAR ONZE WINKEL OF ONTDEK LANGS DEZE WEG WAAROM WIJ VAN CHOCOLADE HOUDEN.                                                  VRAGEN? mail of FACEBOOKpagina

Verderzetting van verscheidene “brands” die eveneens in onze winkel te koop zijn en waar je deze dan ook kan komen proeven, het voordeel van een winkel. Als je de afstand niet wilt overbruggen of je kent deze chocolades al is het eenvoudig om deze online te bestellen natuurlijk. Ik steek bij de verzending dan ook steeds weer een verrassing het leuke aan online-kopen.

Hoe ga je te werk? Je geeft me via een mail door welke chocolades je wenst te ontvangen en ik antwoord je binnen de 24 uur met het te betalen bedrag en het rek.nummer waar je het bedrag kan storten. Zodra wij dit ontvangen hebben sturen wij zo vlug mogelijk per post je zending.

Kosten van de verzending komen steeds op € 10,-/ waar ook in België, belangrijk is dat je deze kosten kan vermijden bij een bestelling vanaf € 55,-

INDIEN JE VIA DE LINKS NOG WAT ANDERS WENST TE BESTELLEN? MAIL ME GERUST.

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Hazelnoten, amandelen en cashewnoten in 55% chocolade €17.00,-/226g

“Delicious to eat or drink”, speciaal ontwikkeld voor warme chocolademelk. Oaxacan sampler 150g/€14.00,- of Mexicano 308g/ €22.00,-

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drie verschillende smaken 24g/ €2.00,-

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Taza couverture: 80% Dom.Rep en 50% Guajillo Chili 200g/ €10.00,-

Links: WebTaza     TazaFaceBook     ChocolateNoise

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Fresco Chocolate Lyden WA. USA onze verschillende soorten in stock €7.50,-/45g

Links: WebFresco     CocoarunnersFresco     UltimateChocblogFresco

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Het assortiment van Marou 70%,72%, 74%,75%,76%,78%,80% en 85% €7.25/100g.

De origin couverture is enkel per kg te koop €40,- en de blend 65%/€35,-

links: WebMarou     CocoarunnersMarou      TreasureIsland 

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Rainforest Organics product uit Peru 80% €4.00,-/80g

links: RainforestWeb

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The Grenada Chocolate Company Tree to Bar from the Caribbean

Alle tabletten zijn steeds in voorraad net als het heerlijke cocoa powder.

60% nibs, 71%, 71% zeezout, 82% en de 100%: €7.25,-/85g

cacaopoeder 170g/ €9.00,-

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links: Webpagina     FaceBookGrenada     ChocoUKGrenada     ChocolateReviewsUK

TOT HIER PAGINA CHOCOLADES ONLINE 5,

er komt nieuwe uitzonderlijke chocolade binnen maar dat is voor wat later.

De volgende pagina zal onder andere gaan over huisgemaakte producten, blijf uitkijken.

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Chocolade-onlinekopen-Chocolate /4

PAGINA 4 VAN ONZE” CHOCOLADE ONLINE” KOPEN. KOM GERUST NAAR ONZE WINKEL OF ONTDEK LANGS DEZE WEG WAAROM WIJ VAN CHOCOLADE HOUDEN.                                                  VRAGEN? mail of FACEBOOKpagina

Verderzetting van verscheidene “brands” die eveneens in onze winkel te koop zijn en waar je deze dan ook kan komen proeven, het voordeel van een winkel. Als je de afstand niet wilt overbruggen of je kent deze chocolades al is het eenvoudig om deze online te bestellen natuurlijk. Ik steek bij de verzending dan ook steeds weer een verrassing het leuke aan online-kopen.

Hoe ga je te werk? Je geeft me via een mail door welke chocolades je wenst te ontvangen en ik antwoord je binnen de 24 uur met het te betalen bedrag en het rek.nummer waar je het bedrag kan storten. Zodra wij dit ontvangen hebben sturen wij zo vlug mogelijk per post je zending.

Kosten van de verzending komen steeds op € 10,-/ waar ook in België, belangrijk is dat je deze kosten kan vermijden bij een bestelling vanaf € 55,-

INDIEN JE VIA DE LINKS NOG WAT ANDERS WENST TE BESTELLEN? MAIL ME GERUST.

Original Beans Pure Organic Direct Trade deze zes soorten €6.00,-/70g.

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Edelweiss 40% op dit ogenblik (wegens houdbaarheidsdatum 02 2016) €2.50,-

Links: websiteOBeansFacebookCocoarunnersFilm-duurzaam

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Vintage plantations Small batch Bean-to-Bar handmade Swedich chocolate

Ecuador origin: 65%, 75%, 85% en 100% €7.00,-/70g.

Links: cocoakissblog

driemaal melk organic en éénmaal melk-hazelnoot €5.50,-/125g.

tweemaal organic donker, éénmaal amandel  €5.50,-/125g.

stevia puur 74% en stevia 85% nibs €5.50,-/100g.

links: cocoarunnersBlanxart webpage

Taza Stone Ground chocolate organic Single Origin

77% Belizean en 87% Alto Beni, Bolivia €7.00,-/70g-85g

Stone Ground Sea Salt&Almond, Cacao Nib Crunch, Coconut, Wicked Dark €7.00,-/70g

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Chocolate Mexicano “hot cocoa” 85%, 70% en 50%: €7.00,-/77g.

links: website     Stone Ground “yes”or”no”?

TOT HIER PAGINA CHOCOLADES ONLINE 4, binnenkort pagina 5…

 

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Rustic, round dark stone ground…

…this must be TAZA CHOCOLATE MEXICANO 

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Chocolate Mexicano Discs

Inspired by our passion for Mexican chocolate traditions, we hand-carve granite millstones to make these rustic, organic dark Mexican style chocolate discs bursting with bright tastes and bold textures.

available at our shop http://www.patisserievercruysse.be

 

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Let’s talk chocolate 3

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Laatste chocolade tasting deze week, voor Bekaert Zwevegem met internationaal gezelschap zoals steeds, waarvoor mijn dank.

Final chocolate tasting this week, Bekaert Zwevegem with international audience as always, thanks.

1/ Luker cacao Nevado

White Chocolate, couverture, made from 100% fine flavor cocoa beans of South American Origin. Total non-deoderized cocoa butter content is 34% and milk content is 18%.

2/ Banus milkchocolate 36% cacao

At Banus they have stived to create milk chocolate which keeps the nuances of aroma and flavor of cocoa. Very balanced in the mouth, with lactic hints, aromas of caramel toffee and a long cocoa finish.

3/ Nahua 39% cacao Costa Rica

Delicious milk tablet with 39% cocoa, creamy and exquisitely refined. Good to suit all tastes.

4/ Taza Stone ground Dominican 70% Dark

Handcrafted in small batches from single origin Dominican cacao, this bar strikes the perfect balance of bitter with sweet. Bright red-berry notes blend with a hint of biodynamic vanilla, and stone refining leaves a subtle, intriguing texture in the bar.

5/ Danta Chocolate 70% dark

Guatemala has been producing cacao for a very long time but was always sold to foreign chocolate makers. It’s great things change worldwide and more and more passionate chocolate lovers start producing chocolate from their ‘own’ beans. Until a couple of years ago, most cacao farmers didn’t even know what was made of their cacao beans.

The name Danta comes from ‘La Danta’, the 8th largest Pyramid in the world in El Mirador, Guatemala, and a archeological excavation.

The ’Finca Las Acacias’ chocolate has a distinctive, a little lemony taste

6/ Pralus biologique 75% Ecuador
nose: mild
top: herbal, oregano or mild rosemary
base: slight bitterness, like with green tea
end of mouth: herbal bouquet continues to unfold, with a slight spearmint

7/ Tejas Chocolate 70% Madagascar Cacao “Capistrano”

With unique lite reddish color and prominent fruity flavors like red berries and citrus Madagascar Cacao truly has no identity crises. This is a milder chocolate and often a good way for milk chocolate lovers to ease into dark chocolate.

8/ Tejas Chocolate 70% Dominican Republic Cacao  “Presidio”

A family farm produces this certified organic Hispaniola cocoa bean. For us, this is chocolate from our childhood. It’s malty and rich, with nice caramel notes.

9/ The Grenada Chocolate Company “Salty-licious”

Grenada Chocolate “SALTY-LICIOUS” 71% Cacao Organic Varietal Chocolate Bars with Caribbean Sea Salt. Organic Bittersweet Chocolate Bar with Caribbean Sea Salt.

10/ Pacari 100% Raw

The 100% Cacao has hints of fruit and spices with a perfect balance of slight acidity and bitterness in the unsweetened cacao. All of the cacao ingredients in our raw chocolate are minimally processed and kept at low temperatures to maintain the antioxidants and complex flavour profile of the natural cacao.

 

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Let’s talk chocolate.

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Chocolate tasting 02/10/2014 voor PNB Paribas Fortis

1/ Banus White Chocolate (minimum 30% cacao)

Made with pure cocoa butter and cane sugar. Its taste is clean without saturating the palate. The aroma is floral with lactic hints from the best milk.Banus was born of the experience of two young entrepreneurs who are passionate about the world of cocoa and chocolate. We make our chocolates from a selection of the best organic cocoa plantations. They are the result of research on fermentation of the beans.Our production process is studied with passion and careful craftsmanship. Cocoa, pure cocoa butter and sugar cane are the essential ingredients to create the fine chocolate with aroma and flavor that you will find in our brand Banus Organic.

2/ Blanxart milk chocolate Brasil 36%

Didn’t know Spain made chocolate? Do you really think the conquistadors were looking for gold? Well they found it, black gold – delicious cocoa. Blanxart has the secret of creating a world class chocolate. they select their own cocoa beans from Ecuador, Brazil, Cameroon, The Ivory Coast and Guinea, and then roast them to ensure the right blend, aroma and texture. After roasting and refining the beans, fresh all natural ingredients are blended in to create one of the best quality chocolates in the world. Their rustic, award-winning packaging reflects the natural, hand-made process.

3/ Hoja Verde 50% dark-milk chocolate

Deze 50% dark chocolate & milk is niet zo zoet als de meeste andere melkchocolades. Je proeft nog heel goed de cacao en de room in de chocolade.

De chocolade is gemaakt van 100% biologisch gecertificeerdenacional cacaobonen. De vermaarde verfijnde bonen uit Ecuador. Minder dan 30% van de totale cacao productie is aromatisch en daarvan hebben de Nacional cacaobonen uit Ecuador het hoogste percentage aroma. Op de plantages wordt er rekening gehouden met de instandhouding van de natuurlijke hulpbronnen en het milieu. De nacional cacaobomen groeien tussen/onder de tropische planten en bomen, waardoor er een natuurlijk evenwicht is. Dit is beter voor zowel de boer als het milieu op de lange termijn.

4 / Banus Caribbean Origen Dark Chocolate (minimum 62% cocoa)

This chocolate is made from selected cocoa from the Caribbean Islands.
Its flavor is typical of Trinitario cocoa, with mild, aromatic and persistent hints.

5/  The Grenada Chocolate Company Nib-a-Licious 60% Chocolate

This bar does have a complex flavour in that the naturally acidic of the Grenada chocolate is reduced a great deal with the use of the sugar and cocoa butter but then taken in a slightly different direction by the cocoa nibs that are included into the mix and can be visibly seen as you unwrap the bar from its foil. In terms of flavour notes I found it to be mainly banana and mangoes which was a delight and seemed to produce a Caribbean punch like experience. Furthermore, this bar is suitable for vegans and is gluten free.

6/ Taza stoneground chocolate Dominican 70% Dark

Handcrafted in small batches from single origin Dominican cacao, this bar strikes the perfect balance of bitter with sweet. Bright red-berry notes blend with a hint of biodynamic vanilla, and stone refining leaves a subtle, intriguing texture in the bar. 100%

7/ Pralus biologique 75% Tanzania

Francois Pralus is een ware meester in het maken van chocolade. Hij is een van de weinigen in Frankrijk die nog zelf zijn eigen chocolade maakt. Voor de cacao reist hij de hele wereld rond op zoek naar de allerbeste kwaliteit en de beste plantages, met name uit Zuid-Amerika en Indonesië. Inmiddels heeft hij ook een eigen plantage in Madagaskar.

Tanzania: spicy, woody, floral, long on the finish. Woody and spicy flavours are most notable in our Tanzania bar. Forastero-type trees growing in volcanic soil along with a slow roasting of the beans result in a chocolate with a range of flavour profile.

8/  Marou: DONG NAI 72%

It begins like an evocative tale from old Indochina with two French émigrés crossing paths for the first time while trekking through a Vietnamese jungle. But that’s how the co-founders of Marou — Faiseurs de Chocolat first met.

This chocolate Dong Nai 72%  is made with cocoa that is produced at MAROU’s own cacao fermentation and drying station near Cat Tien Natural Park in Dong Nai province, making it a very rare ‘pod-to-bar’ chocolate. This chocolate is mild with surprising notes of Spice.

9/ Kallari 75% Cacao – Hints of passion fruit and cloves.

Kallari is committed to community viability and economic growth, through knowledge sharing, the preservation of Kichwa cultural traditions and natural resource conservation.

Kallari (Kahl-ya-di) is the Kichwa verb that means “to begin” or “to commence”. Kallari also refers to the beginning times, or how our ancestors used to live. Our effort is a new beginning to empower future generations, meanwhile remembering the traditions of our Nation.

10/ Pacari 100% Raw

The 100% Cacao has hints of fruit and spices with a perfect balance of slight acidity and bitterness in the unsweetened cacao. All of the cacao ingredients in our raw chocolate are minimally processed and kept at low temperatures to maintain the antioxidants and complex flavour profile of the natural cacao.

 

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The Premium Chocolate Movement: The treat of centralisation.

THE THREAT OF CENTRALISATION

Organic chocolate company Green & Blacks were seeking both high quality and organically
produced cocoa when they first approached the Mayan cocoa farmers of Belize in 1993. Green &
Blacks incentivised the growers to tear out the stock of Forastero (a variety that the Hershey
corporation convinced them to plant) and re-plant the native Criollo species. They also offered a
five-year contract for the organically grown beans at a guaranteed price of USD$1.75 per pound.
The quality of Belize cocoa improved to become the best in the region, because growers were
assured a return on the required investment of money and time. The added income also allowed
farmers to send their children to school — high school enrolment increased from 10% of the
community’s children to 70%.

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However the Green & Blacks story did not end there. In 2005, amidst a wave of acquisitions
and takeovers of small organics companies by multinational food manufacturers, Green & Blacks
was bought by Cadburys. Each year since, the organic chocolate company have pressured the
Mayan growers in Belize to increase their yields in order to meet the growing demand, an increase
they cannot sustain if they are to continue with their traditional methods of farming. Following the
acquisition of Green & Blacks by Cadbury, the American chocolate giant Hershey bought organic
chocolate company Dagoba. These acquisitions pose a great threat the to the premium chocolate
movement. If large corporations move in and attempt to drive prices down, as was seen in across
the organics movement in the last decade, then premium chocolate will not be able to maintain
their high level of quality, or the new trade links that benefit growers.

As sociologist David Harvey explains “we still live, in the West, in a society where production
for profit remains the basic organizing principle of economic life.” Regardless of their passion for
quality and social values, to exist, a chocolate company must make a profit. This means consumers
must be willing to pay the high price of premium chocolate. Due to its artisanal nature, this kind of
chocolate will never be able to compete with industrial chocolate on price. Consumers can pay up to
eight times as much for a premium bar than they might for a mass-produced equivalent and the
cost to the producer begins with the very first step: the price they pay for quality beans. Alex
Whitmore notes that Taza pay a USD$1500 premium per metric tonne above the New York Board
of Trade price and USD$250 above Fair Trade. The beans they import arrive in small shipments of
jute bags, a more expensive method of transport than bulk container shipping and flat storage, and
their inability to warehouse their ingredients means they must pay the current market price for
sugar, which can vary enormously week to week.iv Their processes are labour intensive and slow,
and their production output is limited by the size of the machinery. In order to remain profitable, premium chocolate producers must be able to cover these costs, and make a margin above them. In order to persuade consumers to pay this high price, they must first be convinced of premium chocolate’s value.

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CONNOISSEURSHIP AND AUTHENTICITY

He may be a fondeur and not a bean-to-bar producer, but Linxe is still a very important figure
in the premium chocolate movement. He was a driving force behind the creation of Le Guide du
Chocolat, the Michelin Guide of chocolate, first published in 1981. Anthropologist Susan Terrio
states that this was the first publication to use the language of wine appreciation in order to codify
chocolate consumption. “An explicit goal was to extend the oenological model and to provide the
public with ‘a more detailed, precise, and refined chocolate vocabulary.’”
Linxe’s efforts were rewarded — today a growing group of chocolate connoisseurs, including
producers, journalists and chocolate aficionados, use this borrowed vocabulary in a lively discourse
of chocolate. They discuss bean varieties, growing conditions, plantation and country of origin with
terms such as “grand cru”, “vintage” and “terroir”. They also consider the decisions a chocolatier
makes and how those choices impact on the final product, in the same way as wine connoisseurs
discuss how a winemaker may produce a distinctive wine.
These discussions are happening across a wide range of media. In the last decade, several
chocolate connoisseurs have published books including Chloe Doutre-Roussel, the former chocolate
buyer for Fortnum and Mason, Clay Gordon, the founder of chocolate review website
chocophile.com, and Chantal Coady, owner of Rococo chocolate store and founding member of the
UK’s Chocolate Society. Dozens of chocolate review websites have created a virtual
neighbourhood for chocolate enthusiasts who have a forum to discuss all manner of chocolate
topics from taste, to production, to the sourcing of equipment for chocolate manufacturing.
Clay Gordon claims that “appreciation of the chocolate-making process is as invaluable to a
chocolate lover’s enjoyment as an understanding of the winemaking process is to a wine connoisseur,” and many in the premium chocolate industry are offering consumers first hand experience of the process. In my time with Silvio Bessone two separate groups visited his workshop. He gave each group an overview of his chocolate making process and the choices he makes at each stage. The tour included a tasting of selected products to understand better how those choices impacted on the chocolate. Taza chocolatier Alex Whitmore leads tours to the plantations with whom they have Direct Trade relationships to teach consumers about cocoa cultivation.

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There are also online videos, such as the popular short film on the process at the Mast Brothers
workshop in Brooklyn, and articles detailing the day in the life of a famous chocolatier.
These tours, books, websites and other media are a platform for the connoisseur, something
Robert Linxe recognised as crucial to the continued success of his industry. Using wine vocabulary
to discuss bean varieties, growing conditions and geographical characteristics, connoisseurs create a
powerful association between chocolate and nature. Additionally connoisseurs highlight the
passion, dedication and sincerity of the chocolatier, and thereby distinguish the chocolate artisan’s product from the anonymously produced industrial version. According to Josee Johnston and Shyon Baumann, these are the qualities associated with an “authentic” framing of a food product. Based on their thorough analysis of gourmet food writing, they list these qualities as: “creation by hand rather than by industrial processes; local settings and anticommercialism; sincere expression distant from calculation or strategy; honesty, integrity, or dedication to core principles; and closeness to nature combined with distance from institutionalized power sources.”

next time: THE VALUE OF PREMIUM CHOCOLATE

Thanks to my friend Susan Hoban who shared this Final Thesis: Master of Food Culture and Communication

 

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The Premium Chocolate Movement: Effecting Change With The Creation Of Value 3

ALTERNATIVE TRADE LINKS FOR QUALITY COCOA GROWERS

Raymond Bonnat, Stephane’s father and the second family member to act as manager, celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the Bonnat Chocolate company in 1984 with a world-first idea: single-origin bars. Stephane describes how difficult it was in those days to source quality. Bonnat paid growers premium prices for their top quality beans, he said, but they bought in such small volumes they couldn’t keep these plantations afloat. Family owned plantations of less than two hectares comprise 85% of global cocoa production and when cocoa prices tumbled in the years after market liberalisation, many small plantations were forced out of business. The premium chocolate movement is changing this, driving demand for quality cocoa to
levels that are sustainable for small plantations. The ICCO noted that while the volume of chocolate consumption is increasing at a very slow rate in mature markets such as Europe and the US, the volume of cocoa consumption is increasing rapidly: “The new trend in chocolate consumption has been characterized by the increasing appeal of premium chocolates and, in particular, of high cocoa content dark chocolate…

According to Euromonitor, in the past five years up to 2008, the growth has been mainly driven by single-origin chocolate which grew by over 20% per annum and dark chocolate (up by over 15%).”

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Larry Slotnick, co-founder of Taza Chocolate, said that the only way to ensure a supply of high quality beans, and that the premiums they paid made it into the hands of the farmers, was to go to the plantation level.They practice “Direct Trade”, a term used to describe a system of purchasing developed by specialty coffee roasters in the US. It means that Taza chocolatiers visit the plantations that provide their beans, develop long-term relationships with growers, and teach them how to achieve the standard of quality that Taza require for their chocolate. They sign contracts with these growers that guarantee a minimum price per pound that is considerably higher than the average price of the commodities market. The benefit of these relationships to growers is enormous. Firstly they learn how to improve the quality of their cocoa, information lost when the
marketing boards and other government bodies were dismantled. Secondly they offer the growers
a guaranteed buyer for their crop, empowering them to invest in long-term activities that will further improve the quality of their beans.

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The International Cocoa Association (ICCO), recognising the potential of this system, have initiated several projects to help reestablish a premium trade chain. These include a supply chain management initiative called “Total Quality”, that separates cocoa bean lots so that quality beans can be identified and sold directly to buyers.  They have also initiated a competition called “Cocoa of Excellence”. These awards are modelled on the highly successful Cup of Excellence (COE) awards in the specialty coffee industry, in which small batches of quality coffee are blind tasted by a panel of experts, and given a rating out of 100. The coffees that score over 90 are auctioned to speciality buyers who attend the event. Consulting firm McKinsey & Company audited the award system in Nicaragua in 2006, and determined that it helped Nicaraguan coffee producers, cooperatives and exporters to earn an additional $USD1.1 million profit, and considerably strengthened Nicaragua’s specialty coffee industry. Whilst the ICCO initiatives are in their infancy, they are positive steps to the creation of an alternative system of trade, one that rewards growers financially for quality beans.

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next time: THE THREAT OF CENTRALISATION

Thanks to a friend Susan Hoban who shared this Final Thesis: Master of Food Culture and Communication

 

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