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Nothing Like Chocolate

Started Jan 28, 2012 0 Replies

Trailers of the movie "Nothing Like Chocolate" with The Grenada Chocolate Company:…Continue

What's the best dark chocolate you tasted in 2011?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Jan 28, 2012. 10 Replies

This year I tasted a lot of good chocolate. But which one is the most gorgeous? Idilio, Maranon Fortunato No 4, Rio Napo, Beschle 88%, Original Beans new and organic certified bars (yes, all those…Continue

 

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Original Beans team at Felchlin

"Love their chocolate!"
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Felchlin grand cru selection

"Thanks for the information, Vera"
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Gardini Trinidad 66%

"Vera, Of course I value your opinion and preferences! You are one of the most experienced chocolate tasters in the entire world!  Seriously. That's not an exaggeration. What are the 4 points on your rating scale?"
Aug 27
Vera Hofman commented on Vera Hofman's event Origin Chocolate Event in Amsterdam
"Also: Maricel Presilla, Original Beans and Madécasse!"
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Gardini Trinidad 66%

"Hi, Thanks for showing interest in my opinion. Actually I do have a 4 point rating system. But I don't publish it on the internet (at least not yet). And I do have 6 large notebooks full of handwritten comments of every bar I tasted the last…"
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"Hi, I don't think any of the collections I posted are for sale? If you visit Felchlin you will get them as a present :-) But you can contact the distributor in the US and ask? See…"
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Gardini Trinidad 66%

"Vera, I know that you don't rate chocolate, but I sure wish that you did. Everybody has at least a 3 point rating scale, even if it is totally informal and just in their head: 1. Below Average (aka Don't Like / Don't buy again), 2.…"
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Felchlin grand cru selection

"Does anyone know if this selection of 5 origins is available anywhere in the US?"
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Vera Hofman commented on Vera Hofman's event Origin Chocolate Event in Amsterdam
"Participants this year: Marou, Idilio, Felchlin, Akesson's, Martin Christy, Tibor Szántó, Kees Raat, Chocoweb.nl, Chocotasting.com, Alexandre, chocolate portraits painter Laura Reiman and of course Clay! More names will be…"
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My favourite dark catches in 2013.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:08pm 0 Comments

I tasted a lot of excellent dark bars this year!

So I'm happy!

Here’s a list of my favourites.

Depending on my mood, the order can change.

 

  1. Szántó Tibor: San Cristobal Crudo (and more bars of his collection)
  2. Dandelion: Maya Mountain Belize
  3. Soma: Old School, Bachelor’s Hall and El Vigia
  4. Felchlin’s new couverture Costa Rica
  5. Bar Au Chocolat: Sambirano, Chiapas and Duarte Province
  6. Wilkies: Tumbes and…
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My Top 3 Chocolates at Le Salon Du Chocolat in London 2013

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

Definitely my favourites are the Original Beans Esmeraldas-Truffles of ‘Toot Sweets’! They are not covered with chocolate, it’s just ganache and cocoa powder. So you must pick them up carefully, because they are very soft. They melt lightly and creamy, like silk on your tongue. Incredibly delicious!!…

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Origin Chocolate Event Amsterdam October 16th and 17th 2012

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 5:29pm 3 Comments

Last year the Origin Chocolate Event started as a little event: one evening, four speakers and about forty visitors. This year it was much bigger: two days, ten speakers and a lot more visitors. Location was the very beautiful Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The first day was for professionals and the second day for the real chocolate lovers.

Purpose of the event is to promote fine flavour and sustainable chocolate in The Netherlands. Organized by Erik Sauër (El Sauco,…

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Chocolate Unwrapped, London, October 13th-14th 2012

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:49am 0 Comments

Three weeks ago I was in London to be at Chocolate Unwrapped for the second year. This year a new location ‘Covent Garden’; more stands, talks, demonstrations and visitors! A few years ago this event was set up to promote fine flavour chocolate, artisan chocolatiers and chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with the cocoa farmers. And I must say: they succeeded!

I arrived Friday before the event. Because I was not be able to go to Paris this year I went straight to La…

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At 4:08am on June 13, 2014, Gifford Laube said…

Hello Vera Hofman,

I am curious to know what you think of the Soma Nicaragua La Dalia bar, and the Duffy Chuno and Rugoso bars? I saw that you had posted a picture of the Soma. I am here in Amsterdam for the ICCO conference and have seen your name, and was curious to hear your impression of Nicaraguan bean-made bars. 

Cheers,

Gifford Laube

Cacao Bisiesto

Matagalpa

At 2:24pm on November 9, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

El Ceibo 75% organic Bolivian chocolat used for this bonbon, do you need more Vera...;-)

At 2:23pm on November 9, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

At 2:22pm on November 9, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

The coconut milk & cristalized ginger bonbon, also available in Amsterdam now Vera ;-)

At 2:21pm on November 9, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

At 2:20pm on November 9, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

Ami-Ami-Ca this is the couverture I used for this bonbon available at Chocolátl

At 2:19pm on November 9, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

At 1:53pm on March 16, 2011, Vercruysse Geert said…

Hello Vera,

You won't believe it but Monday I shall be in Londen again!

I promissed Richard to swap the Chocolate and Love bars for chocolatebonbons made with my best praliné's. And I don't want to send them by postorder, I make them as best I can and to send them by post, NO WAY. You don't put your kids on a train and leave;-)

I would like to see there faces and here the comments when they taste. And also we could be partners in the future, so maybe we must discussed some chocolates made with passion...

Geert

PS if you should need some Mast Brothers, just give me a sign.

 
 
 

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