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June 2009 Blog Posts (17)

A Visit to Some Javan Cocoa Farms

Friday afternoon I still had a few hours to kill. So I paid $30 for a tour company to supply me with a driver who spoke minimal English. Fortunately, Iva and Dani (president of the company that hosted my talks) came along, so communication was not an issue. We drove around in the Yogyakarta area, where there are mostly smallholders growing a variety of crops: vanilla, cloves, cocoa, rice, and bananas.…



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Added by Tom Neuhaus on June 26, 2009 at 12:39am — No Comments

A morning at Monggo Chocolates

THURSDAY, JUNE 18



I had an entire morning ahead of me with no responsibilities! I ate an early breakfast, then visited the gifts store on the first floor. There, among other things, I found some local chocolates. I took the chocolate bars to the hotel front desk and asked them where the factory was. Within 10 minutes I was off across Yogjakarta in search of Monggo Chocolates. I found it in the old part of town, in the silver district known as Kotagede.…



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Added by Tom Neuhaus on June 25, 2009 at 1:13am — 1 Comment

BREAK RANKS! EUROCHOCOLATE IN PERUGIA FROM 16 THROUGH 25 OCTOBER 2009

A hammer and a modernly designed ruler are the protagonists of the sixteenth edition of the chocolate event, which will be one day longer than previous events.



Break ranks!



The military order that has been chosen as the slogan of the sixteenth edition of Eurochocolate Perugia is a clear invitation to think outside the box, to give free rein to one’s individuality, to go beyond the usual habits to be able to enjoy the food of the gods in a new way and in all its… Continue

Added by Clay Gordon on June 24, 2009 at 10:59am — No Comments

A set of pictures of Sweet Earth before opening

We're still hoping for a soft opening on July 6 - that's very soon! And the invitations for the Grand Opening, July 11, are going out Friday. No turning back now.

Here's what's been going on lately.

Added by Eve on June 23, 2009 at 9:07pm — No Comments

Progress

Here's Frank Zika installing the door today:

And here's some of the furniture stacked up in the shop - and out of our house at last!

And I am here endlessly typing up little signs.



The press release seems to be working - and so does Twitter.



So far so… Continue

Added by Eve on June 19, 2009 at 11:13pm — 2 Comments

Trying tweets

slochocolate

I'm finding lots of interesting twitter to follow, but what's the trick to getting followers?

Added by Eve on June 17, 2009 at 12:23pm — 2 Comments

Press release

This press release took me all day to write, but in the late afternoon it went out to over 60 local media outlets. I got two responses right off: an automated response from a reporter who's in Morocco for a month (sounds nice!) and a call from another who wondered if we might hire her nephew. I think we'll get some buzz out of it though.



Press release:





June 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Contacts: Tom… Continue

Added by Eve on June 16, 2009 at 11:00pm — 3 Comments

COCOA CHEESE DECISION

Rambling through the cheese section of the new Whole Foods market in Pasadena is an excerise in delerium. Should I get the sharp farmhouse cheddar I know? Should I try the oozy sheep’s milk raw I’ve never heard of? Blue with veins or white with orange rind??? Then, the little cheese that was meant for me appeared. Cardona with a cocoa powder rind. What a miracle of subtely - no sharpness to the flavor of the cheese, no bitterness from the wrapping of… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on June 16, 2009 at 10:07am — 4 Comments

Last weeks at home

Lately I've been spending a good portion of my time accumulating an eclectic assortment of chocolate things for the shop. Most of the stock is here now, and I've stopped looking for more for the time being.



Yesterday I ordered some postcards of old chocolate ads, framed three gorgeous chocolate trading cards



and an ad from a 1943 Life Magazine… Continue

Added by Eve on June 15, 2009 at 12:05am — No Comments

Scooping Cacoa seeds.

We Indian Cacoa growers scoop the Cacoa seeds from the pod manually. Is there any simple machine or trick to do the job? Please share the knowledge, if any.

Rajarajeshwari.

Added by Rajarajeshwari Kainthaje on June 10, 2009 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

The Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America...and me!

All I can say is...WOW! Last night I was lucky enough to attend a party at ICE--the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, honoring the 10 best pastry chefs in America. It was an amazing experience for a chocolatier and dessert freak like me. We were first allowed to roam through the building where these talented and amazing chefs were setting up and would answer our questions and just basically allow us to gawk at their creations. Then there was the ceremony where each of the 10 were… Continue

Added by Maria Valente on June 9, 2009 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

Chocolateria menu

Here is the menu for our new Artisan du chocolat chocolateria at 81 Westbourne Grove in London, Notting Hill. We were lucky that one of our long term customer, Nick Strangeway, is also one of the best cocktail makers in the world and he really helped us to make some fresh cocktails that are fabulous and have one compoment of chocolate (pulp or infusion or creamy cold drink) The ice cream is made with our Costa Rica conched cocoa mass. The salted caramel tart is simple but very very good. So far… Continue

Added by Artisan on June 8, 2009 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Photos from artisan du chocolat shop Notting hill







We managed a successful press opening and everyone love the shop, the products and the new chocolate cocktails. Summer coctails are cocoa pulp Bellini, Cupuacu Margarita, chocolate martini and the fab white chocolate and matcha New Orleans gin Fizz. It took us a year to get the design and the chocolateria menu right but it was well worth it. On the first day the shop was already full. Very… Continue

Added by Artisan on June 8, 2009 at 4:08am — 3 Comments

Trying out the new door

Frank brought the new door over today so we could see it in place and choose between several inserts. He does amazing work!

We chose this pattern but in a light azure blue. This is California, after all.

While he packed up, I took a picture of the interior paint. One wall is a rich (what else?) chocolate brown.…

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Added by Eve on June 4, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Chocolate Training Shopping Spree

After ruminating over and over on what to do next - I have not done much, so any step I take will be a step forward - I decided to take more classes; although I am taking a class at the moment, the nature of it being online does not keep me motivated enough. I need to be there, working the chocolate, networking with other people, in a more conducive atmosphere. The whole online thing is actually a little boring! I am from another era, albeit computer savvy!



Anyway, so today I visited… Continue

Added by Andre Costa on June 2, 2009 at 11:24pm — 2 Comments

MAKE MINE MARBLE

Imagine your very own chocolate workshop - shelf space for all your molds, spatulas, pots, pans and junk; room for all your machines which nobody loves but you; boxes and boxes of your fine couvertures from around the world. What is the one thing you need to make your vision complete?



You need a marble slab! I am the proud owner of a new marble slab which now lives in my state-of-the-art-on-a-twizzlestick-budget chocolate studio formerly… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on June 1, 2009 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Artisan du chocolat Notting hill shop (london)

We are finally opening our shop in notting hill (81 Westbourne grove to be precise) on Friday June 5th.

Come and try our theobroma cacao and theobroma grandiflorum pulp juices as well as our chocolate summer cocktails based on chocolate or cacao pulp including cacao pulp bellini, cupuacu and tonka Margarita, chocolate martini and matcha and white chocolate New Orleans gin fizz.



Sit under our 4m wide panoramic plantation light whilst listening to sounds of the rainforest and… Continue

Added by Artisan on June 1, 2009 at 10:05am — No Comments

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