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July 2014 Blog Posts (4)

Illustrating the chocolate making process.

When I recently wanted to blog about a Amsterdam-based bean-to-bar chocolate maker I realized that I never properly introduced 'bean-to-bar' on my own blog.

Now I finally made a brief drawing to roughly illustrate the process from tree to chocolate with a focus on the flavor developing steps (which is: fermentation, roasting, conching). Hard to hide my science background I guess... ;)

On my …

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on July 24, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 2

Here I am with Roberto Granja of Transmar, one of the larger cacao companies in Ecuador. Roberto was at last year's Salon as well and they buy production from San Martin and Huanuco in Perú as well as other places.

Above: I am wearing a real Panama hat. Although they are called…

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Added by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 1

The 5th annual Salon del Cacao y Chocolate was held in Lima, Perú July 4-6. This was followed up by La Ruta del Cacao, a trip into la selva (the jungle) in and around Tarapoto in San Martin province July 7-9. I was one of a group of more than 20 invited international guests who attended both the Salon and La Ruta.

As with last year, the two events were organized and enjoyed the support of a broad range of organizations and government ministries including the Perúvian federal…

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Added by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Choco Files

You can check out my reviews of the chocolates I've tasted at Choco Files. I also explain my review philosophy and I'm adding more and more files with my ratings for each bar.

Added by ChocoFiles on July 7, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

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