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mhdi driss left a comment for IslaReina
"hi i m veri interested to make chocolate but no idea please help thnaks"
Mar 7, 2010
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Dec 9, 2009
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"I love these! What kind of chocolate are these? Hey btw, I'm taking a tour of the DeFay Vineyard on Saturday -- I think. Should be fun! How are the new digs coming along?"
Jun 11, 2009
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Apr 25, 2009
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Milk Chocolate Bar from Chocol'ha (42% Cacao)

"Oh me oh my!!! I assumed that it traveled far and wide under unacceptable conditions and weather changes!! IMHO you should most certainly call her! It seems rather romantic though that someone can "walk over chocolate"!!"
Apr 23, 2009
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Milk Chocolate Bar from Chocol'ha (42% Cacao)

"Gosh I don't know -- "shipping" involves the owner of Chocol'ha walking the bars over to the store from her shop! I'm thinking about calling her... if she truly wants a product that competes with the best chocolate in…"
Apr 23, 2009
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Milk Chocolate Bar from Chocol'ha (42% Cacao)

"Oh my! I assume it happened during shipment? At least I hope so!"
Apr 23, 2009
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Apr 21, 2009
IslaReina commented on IslaReina's blog post A chocolate virus strain in Africa?
"Thanks for the clarification -- I had no idea!"
Apr 13, 2009
Clay Gordon commented on IslaReina's blog post A chocolate virus strain in Africa?
"This is not news - it's irresponsible reporting. Witches Broom has been a problem in Brazil for more than 20 years -at one point cacao production dropped to 15% of former levels. CSSV has been a problem in Western Africa for some time. In…"
Apr 13, 2009
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A chocolate virus strain in Africa?

I don't know much about this topic but it doesn't look good.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/5119145/Diseases-hurting-chocolate-crop.htmlSee More
Apr 12, 2009
Alicia left a comment for IslaReina
"Thanks Michelle, much appreciated! I am going to look for Danta Chocolate right now, I have to admit I am so jealous of your experience, it sounds so exciting! Take care!"
Mar 24, 2009
IslaReina and Alicia are now friends
Mar 23, 2009
IslaReina left a comment for ro
"Did you ever find the place on Los Proceres? The place I was referring to was Xocoli but they buy their chocolate from Belgium and remelt it. You absolutely must try the Guatemalan chocolate from Danta. Oh man it was so fantastic!"
Mar 23, 2009
IslaReina left a comment for Alicia
"Hey Alicia! Chocol'ha was really good but I would highly recommend Danta Chocolate in Guatemala City. I mean, this stuff was *amazing*. I recommend the 60% Las Acacias for something sophisticated but if you want to indulge in something out of…"
Mar 23, 2009

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Touring chocolate factories in Belgium
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A chocolate virus strain in Africa?

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 6:30pm 2 Comments

I don't know much about this topic but it doesn't look good.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/5119145/Diseases-hurting-chocolate-crop.html


My chocolate journey in Guatemala may have ended...

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 6:32pm 0 Comments

I was honored to visit the operation of chocolate maker Carlos Eichenberger last week in Guatemala City. Me, just a mere student here for one year but he was nice and patient enough to take the time and show a complete stranger into his home and show me the complete process from bean to bar. Carlos buys the already fermented cacao and then starts with roasting and goes all the way to wrapping each bar himself. Everything about his process was precise and maniacally exact. If there was so much… Continue

The beginning of my chocolate journey

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 5:00pm 5 Comments

I've been in Guatemala for about 2 1/2 months now and today I had my first taste of good chocolate. It was quite by accident. I stopped by the University and I spotted a corner bakery where I could enjoy a coffee and make a few phone calls. On my way out I saw wrapped in cellophane with bright yellow ribbons, bars of chocolate. It read "Chocol 'ha: Chocolate Oscuro, 62% Cacao". Mmmmm! I immediately bought it, it was a good deal for 18Q (about $2.50 or so). It was delicious! I really should have… Continue

Sneaky sides in Guatemala

Posted on February 16, 2009 at 11:30pm 1 Comment

Hi! My name is Michelle and I'm an American student living in Guatemala City while I teach at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and write my dissertation. Although my studies have nothing to do with chocolate, I'm very interested in collecting artifacts or replicas that deal with chocolate, chocolate making and enjoying. I've read quite a bit on the subject and have entertained the idea of writing a book on tasting chocolate; how to tell the good from the garbage. I can't write that book… Continue

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At 9:18am on March 7, 2010, mhdi driss said…
hi i m veri interested to make chocolate but no idea please help thnaks
At 8:52am on March 24, 2009, Alicia said…
Thanks Michelle, much appreciated! I am going to look for Danta Chocolate right now, I have to admit I am so jealous of your experience, it sounds so exciting! Take care!
 
 
 

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