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Sunita de Tourreil
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  • Palo Alto, CA
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Sunita de Tourreil's Discussions

Musee du Chocolat, Strasbourg: any reviews?

Started Dec 14, 2011 0 Replies

http://www.musee-du-chocolat.com/Has anyone been to this museum? Is it worth making an effort to go and visit? Is it appropriate for the experienced…Continue

Artisan du Chocolat

Started this discussion. Last reply by Clay Gordon Jun 15, 2011. 7 Replies

I am wondering if anyone has more information on the practises and sourcing (of cacao bean or liquor?) employed by Artisan du Chocolat. Their bars are very enjoyable and their inclusion bars are very…Continue

The Chocolate Garage: Palo Alto

Started Jun 14, 2011 0 Replies

Hello everyone, Clay Gordon asked me moons ago to go ahead and introduce myself, since I own and operate a small chocolate business in Silicon Valley. Somehow time has kept slipping away-- typical of…Continue

Great chocolate spots in Munich and Strasbourg?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kristina Dec 15, 2010. 3 Replies

I am wondering if any of the members can give some suggestions for where to go in Munich and Strasbourg to sample some fine, artisan chocolate. Can be bean to bar or confections. Thank you! Sunita  Continue

 

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Startup Central

Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.See More
Jun 7
Sunita de Tourreil liked Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
Jun 7
Sunita de Tourreil replied to ChocoFiles's discussion Caffeine and theobromine in cacao in the group The Science of Chocolate
"My understanding is that criollo cacao has the highest theobromine content, it was *one* of the things criollo cacao was bred for throughout the ages, high stimulant properties. I didn't read this, but I was told this by a veteran chocolate…"
Jun 7
Sunita de Tourreil replied to Tim Williams's discussion Smoky Taint in the group The Science of Chocolate
"I am not a bean to bar maker, but my understanding is that smokiness/hamminess/liquid smoke flavors can be due to either the drying technique, or it is a defect in the fermentation resulting in this hamminess/smokiness in the resulting chocolate.…"
Oct 9, 2013
Colin Gasko and Sunita de Tourreil are now friends
Sep 18, 2013
Sunita de Tourreil and Karine Guillemette are now friends
Jun 24, 2013
Sunita de Tourreil replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Examining a Mast Brothers Assertion
"Do farmers get such high prices for Fair Trade Organic cacao? This price seems more like what you would pay for a superior grade cacao. I was under the impression that FT cacao could bring a premium of about $150 above the commodity price... and I…"
May 22, 2012
Sunita de Tourreil replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Examining a Mast Brothers Assertion
"Well done Scott. I read your series on Noka years ago and thought it was excellent. Congratulations on helping to bring more integrity and transparency to fine chocolate. Exactly why this discussion is important, we need to be consistent about…"
May 22, 2012
Sunita de Tourreil is now friends with Benoît and Vercruysse Geert
Dec 14, 2011
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Musee du Chocolat, Strasbourg: any reviews?

http://www.musee-du-chocolat.com/Has anyone been to this museum? Is it worth making an effort to go and visit? Is it appropriate for the experienced Chocophile, or only the novice?Any feedback and thoughts and tips would be appreciated!Best wishes,Sunita de TourreilThe Chocolate GaragePalo Alto, CA 94301www.thechocolategarage.comSee More
Dec 14, 2011
Sunita de Tourreil replied to sinclair pinto's discussion Need an Internship....Any suggestions??
"Thanks Nat for clarifying which San Jose, I was wondering too! Great news that it is the local one (for me). There are many makers in the Bay Area, let's talk to figure out what kind of match would make for a good fit. You can email me directly…"
Nov 15, 2011
Sunita de Tourreil left a comment for sinclair pinto
"Sinclair, Get in touch with me in Palo Alto, at The Chocolate Garage. I know a few makers in the Bay Area, and might be able to find something that makes sense. sunita (at) thechocolategarage (dot) com. just sent you a friend request, but meant to…"
Nov 15, 2011
Sunita de Tourreil replied to cybele's discussion Chocolate on the 101 Between Los Angeles & Oakland
"You can also call ahead to organise a personalised chocolate tasting to be done at The Chocolate Garage. :) We carry quite a diverse selection of chocolates and are open by appointment. We specialize in chocolate tastings and have a "try before…"
Aug 9, 2011
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idilio

"Just heard the same, that the Venezuelan origins by Idilio are really exciting. Anyone know anything more about this company? Sources? Story behind the makers? Wish I could read German... http://www.idilio.ch/"
Jul 29, 2011
Sunita de Tourreil replied to Clay Gordon's discussion The High Cost of Certification
"Hi Rodney, Many would argue that cacao is lagging behind coffee in many ways... certainly the kinds of specific relationships you are talking about with coffee suppliers/farmers is also happening in cacao. Shawn Askinosie of Askinosie Chocolate is a…"
Jun 23, 2011
Christine Doerr left a comment for Sunita de Tourreil
"Hi Sunita Nice to hear from you! News: I'm going to be moving into a kitchen in Belmont in a couple of weeks to be closer to home (and guaranteed parking!)  c:"
Jun 19, 2011

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk
Most memorable chocolate experience:
When I was a child and we had dinner guests the meal would end with some espresso and one "plaque de chocolat" (chocolate bar) would be opened. It was often a Lindt Lindor bar, dark chocolate or a box of Suchard mixed chocolates... This was my early training in chocolate.
My favorite chocolate is:
Grenada Chocolate Company 71% and Askinosie Dark Milk (62%) Fleur de Sel, Patric Chocolates are quickly becoming a new favorite.

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Transparency and Original Beans

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 2:29am 15 Comments

I am wondering if any of you can shed some light on this new company:



http://www.originalbeans.com/



I recently purchased a few bars to taste and consider using at chocolate tastings that we host and I am unable to determine basic things about the bars, like where they are made?! Very surprisingly this information is nowhere to be found on their packaging.



I am hoping some of you might be able to shed some light on this… Continue

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At 4:18pm on June 19, 2011, Christine Doerr said…

Hi Sunita

Nice to hear from you! News: I'm going to be moving into a kitchen in Belmont in a couple of weeks to be closer to home (and guaranteed parking!) 

c:

At 7:42pm on August 9, 2010, Mindy Fong said…
Hi Sunita,

Thanks for contacting me. You can send me an email at mindy@jadechocolates.com

Looking foward to hearing from you.

~Mindy
 
 
 

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