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It's not enough to hand off to NGOs (non-governmental organizations) the responsibility to redress issues of ethical trade. The purpose of this group is to discuss ways to improve the quality of life of farm families and farm communities worldwide.
Feb 23, 2012
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Madame Cocoa is now friends with Hakan Ozsoy, Molly Ehlinger Brennan and Carla Martin
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Michael Bodner and Madame Cocoa are now friends
Aug 5, 2011
Molly Ehlinger Brennan left a comment for Madame Cocoa
"Hi, I love your picture! I recently started a chocolate blog. You seem very well versed in the world of chocolate. There are so many chocolates and so little time I was wondering if you have and recommendations on where to begin."
Jul 8, 2011
Madame Cocoa is attending Dallas Chocolate / Sander Wolf's event Chocolate Conference 2011 at Addison Conference Centre

August 27, 2011 from 10am to 5pm
DALLASCHOCOLATE.ORG PRESENTSChocolate Conference 2011August 27, 2011, at the Addison Conference CentreDallas' finest chocolatiers and a full day of chocolate is proud to announce the return of the Chocolate Conference. Last yearʼs inaugural event was hailed as “the hot ticket ticket in town this weekend for foodies” by D Magazineʼs Side Dish and “a chocoholic's dream” by the Dallas Morning News. This yearʼs promises to be even better. Already scheduled to…See More
Jun 25, 2011
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Madame Cocoa updated their profile
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Dark, Milk, White?
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Many --
- the first scent of a bean to bar process (Cologne museum)
- the feel of melted chocolate all over my hands during my first hand-tempering experiment
- hearing Michael Coe discuss Maya chocolate vessel iconography and usage, and seeing the actual vessels - a joy!
My favorite chocolate is:
whatever is in front of me right now (always the good stuff)

Madame Cocoa { life - chocolate - travel }

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Hershey closing the Scharffen Berger Berkeley factory

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 7:01pm 1 Comment

Goodbye to a pioneering location for American artisan chocolate....

or as the guys at SFist put it: -- Scharffen Berger Soon To Suck --

Apparently production will move to a Hershey plant in Illinois. Sad, and disappointing. Here is the text from the article (I can't get the hyperlink to work, sorry) --

(01-27) 18:28 PST -- The Hershey Co. said Tuesday it plans to close Scharffen Berger's West Berkeley manufacturing plant as well as the San Francisco… Continue

TCHO Beta Bar Tasting (or, 3 smiles and a frown)

Posted on December 6, 2008 at 11:27pm 1 Comment

Happy to have received my "sample box" from SF corporate offices of TCHO this week, I could not WAIT to do an early morning tasting. I broker our new gift collections, just released this month, and it was like an early Christmas for me -- opening the express-delivered box and pulling out all the little brown paper squares and the slick-packaged new formulations. What JOY!! OH, and the smell of chocolate from a freshly opened shipping box!! Dreamy.

But on with it..there's tasting to… Continue

Enric Rovira on Anthony Bourdain

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 10:49pm 2 Comments

Did anyone see this amazing show of chocolate mastery? Tonight I watched Tony's new Spain episode on the Travel Channel, and he visited Enric's workshop outside of Barcelona. Enric crafted something so dramatically amazing and beautiful...just a large chocolate egg, but OH that egg! He started with two halves in molds, melted the edges and voila an egg. He shaped the edges like a sculptor, the beginnings of the Gaudi-esque creation it was to become. The 15 or so eggs, each about one foot high,… Continue

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At 4:49pm on July 8, 2011, Molly Ehlinger Brennan said…
Hi, I love your picture! I recently started a chocolate blog. You seem very well versed in the world of chocolate. There are so many chocolates and so little time I was wondering if you have and recommendations on where to begin.
At 4:07pm on April 1, 2009, Tina Tweedy said…
All of the images you have posted are so fantastic. Thank you for sharing. Photos from Paris, especially, are always so inspirational for me.
At 5:44pm on March 10, 2009, IslaReina said…
Bonjour Madame: I'm here in Guatemala on a Fulbright to write my dissertation on the history of Guatemala's little-known culture, the Garifuna. I haven't had one speck of good chocolate yet, but I know of a place called Danta chocolate about 10 minutes from me. I just have to find the time to get there. If your friends offer tours of chocolate sites, I would so be there!
At 7:28pm on December 13, 2008, Alan McClure said…
Hi Madame Cocoa,

Thank you for helping to spread the word about craft chocolate in the US. I'd be interested to know more about your business as it pertains to chocolate when you have a moment. Please feel free to email me at

Very best,


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