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Chocolate history, tasting, and bean to bar production class in NYC at Murray Hill

July 6, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm
Hello NY Chocophiles,Through the great assistance of my friend Beth we've been able to arrange a bean-to-bar chocolate making class at Saveur magazine headquarters magazine in Murray Hill next Wednesday evening, July 6th. This will be an extra special class in the beautiful setting of Saveur's brand new test kitchen and I will have just returned from Oaxacaa and Xoconusco, Chiapas, the prized historical Aztec…See More
Feb 10
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Madre Chocolate's cacao boot camp on O'ahu Hawai'i Feb 25-Mar 1, 2014

Madre Chocolate's cacao boot camp is now happening on O'ahu Hawai'i Feb 25-Mar 1, 2014 during the same week as the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, Hawai‘i Chocolate & Cacao Association, and Kailua Cacao Festival so you can easily come for all three and have a wonderful time with a full week of chocolate! Even experienced chocolate makers will get a lot out of this by participating hands on and learning to tune the cacao fermentation process so you and the cacao growers you work with can tune the…See More
Feb 1
Nat replied to Nat's discussion Hawaii Cacao & Chocolate Bootcamp, Tree to Seed/Bean to Bar, October 20-24, O'ahu, Hawai'i in the group Hawaii Cacao
"This is now happening Feb 25-Mar 1, 2014 during the same week as the Hawaii Chocolate Festival, Hawai‘i Chocolate & Cacao Association, and Kailua Cacao Festival so you can easily come for all three and have a wonderful time…"
Feb 1
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Cacao & Chocolate Boot Camp, seed to tree – bean to bar at Oahu, Hawaii

February 25, 2014 to March 1, 2014
Join us for 5-days in paradise on a journey for chocolate. Practice farm skills in cacao orchards, visit with cacao researchers and farmers, learn about fermentation and drying for cacao, get hands on with bean to bar chocolate.Do you love chocolate and thirst to learn more about how cacao is grown and made into chocolate? Never tasted the delicious lychee or mangosteen-flavored pulp of the cacao fruit? Want to see how the days-long process of fermenting cacao affects the micro-terroir of the…See More
Feb 1
Ben Rasmussen replied to Nat's discussion Interested in a device to make tempering in a Santha or Cocoatown grinder easier?
"Hi Jessica. I believe that Madre is now using a commercial tempering machine, so I'd guess that they haven't done any further work on this idea. I tempered for a while using a santha with one of the wheels removed, a thermometer, and a…"
Dec 21, 2013
Jessica Osterday replied to Nat's discussion Interested in a device to make tempering in a Santha or Cocoatown grinder easier?
"Erin, I happened by this post and am curious about your process. Have you developed this idea further?  Do you have anything in the works?  Jessica"
Dec 19, 2013
Nat commented on Clay Gordon's group Tastings, Travel, & Adventure
"We're excited to announce our first annual Cacao & Chocolate Bootcamp on beautiful O'ahu, Hawai'i. Join us for 5-days in paradise on a journey for chocolate. Practice farm skills in cacao orchards, visit with cacao…"
Sep 10, 2013
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Tastings, Travel, & Adventure

This group is for people interested in organizing tasting events and travel programs and adventures. Group members can cross-post events in the Events calendar and manage RSVP lists.
Sep 10, 2013
Nat is now friends with priya, Juan Francisco Maranon and Judy Shaw
Sep 10, 2013
Nat commented on Nat's event Cacao & Chocolate Boot Camp, seed to tree – bean to bar
"We have great facilitators & educators for this bootcamp from all parts of cacao growing, fermentation, and chocolate making: Dr. Nat Bletter, Madre Chocolate Dave Elliott, Madre Chocolate Brian Cisneros, Northwest Chocolate…"
Sep 8, 2013
Nat added a discussion to the group Hawaii Cacao
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Hawaii Cacao & Chocolate Bootcamp, Tree to Seed/Bean to Bar, October 20-24, O'ahu, Hawai'i

We're excited to announce our first annual Cacao & Chocolate Bootcamp on beautiful O'ahu, Hawai'i. Join us for 5-days in paradise on a journey for chocolate. Practice farm skills in cacao orchards, visit with cacao researchers and farmers, learn about fermentation and drying for cacao, get hands on with bean to bar chocolate.Please check here for more info:…See More
Sep 8, 2013
Clay Gordon liked Nat's event Cacao & Chocolate Boot Camp, seed to tree – bean to bar
Sep 4, 2013
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Cacao & Chocolate Boot Camp, seed to tree – bean to bar at Oahu, Hawaii

October 20, 2013 at 9am to October 25, 2013 at 9am
Join us for 5-days in paradise on a journey for chocolate. Practice farm skills in cacao orchards, visit with cacao researchers and farmers, learn about fermentation and drying for cacao, get hands on with bean to bar chocolate.Do you love chocolate and thirst to learn more about how cacao is grown and made into chocolate? Never tasted the delicious lychee or mangosteen-flavored pulp of the cacao fruit? Want to see how the days-long process of fermenting cacao affects the micro-terroir of the…See More
Sep 4, 2013
Tom and Nat are now friends
Feb 2, 2013
Tom left a comment for Nat
"That would be awesome if you got into Montys, it really is the only specialty single origin shop i have found. So you just cant get them using the phone numbers on their website or you cant get hold of Steve?"
Jan 30, 2013

Profile Information

Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
making my first bars from the pod.
My favorite chocolate is:
Unroasted Hawai'i big island dark

Madre Chocolate

Chocolate Formulation Manager at Madre Chocolate
Connecting people to the history of chocolate
by making bean to bar chocolate in Mexico and Hawaii using locally sourced, organic, small holder cacao, vanilla, fruits, and spices.

madrechocolate.com

Please contact me at nat *at* madre chocolate *dot* com

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At 4:54am on January 30, 2013, Tom said…
That would be awesome if you got into Montys, it really is the only specialty single origin shop i have found. So you just cant get them using the phone numbers on their website or you cant get hold of Steve?
At 9:44pm on January 29, 2013, Tom said…

Just got a selection of your finest from my mate who visited Hawaii recently, he didn't attend any of your events as there wasn't one on while he was there. Awesome chocolate, love the straight 70% you are lucky to have such a great bean to create with.

At 4:40am on October 11, 2012, Tom said…
Thanks Nat, will keep an eye on the website, cheers
At 11:55pm on October 9, 2012, Tom said…

Looking more closely at your website, it seems you have a pretty complete experience. Do you have an idea of classes / tours going in Jan. 2013. My mate will have his young son with him.

At 11:31pm on October 9, 2012, Tom said…

Hi Nat,

I have a mate traveling to Honolulu and he wants to eat chocolate and see plantations etc. What are some good things for him to do and check out. Obviously your shop for one.

Cheers

Tom

At 12:21am on September 21, 2012, Barbie Van Horn said…

Looking forward to talking to you tomorrow if it works out!

At 1:15pm on June 29, 2011, Jessica Conrad said…

Not too badly overall :)  I'm not sure if I tasted any of the other Madre bars, as there was much nibbling and conversation about several brands, but really the triple just knocked me off my feet.  Great mouthfeel and notes all over the chocolate itself, and then the pulp... omg it goes so well.  I'll definitely be aiming to taste all the Madre bars after that!

 

Actually, now that I think of it I have a technical question about the pulp - how are you drying it?  Regular dehydrators or another method?

At 3:54am on June 28, 2011, Jessica Conrad said…
The triple cacao bar... O.M.G it's good.
 
 
 

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