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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Cacao' (10)

Cacao Sense Dingayan Cacao Farm Story

Cacao sense is common sense

Most of our practices are based on common sense, keen observations and experiences gained throughout the years of our operations. In the farm, we have existing shade trees, like madre de kakaw and the big grasses served also as…

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on April 22, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Beyond Criollo, Trinitario, Forastero

I looked a little more into cacao genetics, so here are some thoughts on this issue as posted on my blog. Let me know what you think...

When entering the world of high-quality chocolates you immediately get confronted with a number of categories in order to understand or classify a chocolate. There is the technical aspect of the chocolate manufacturer: roasting, conching, adding cocoa…

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on January 23, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Homemade Chocolate from Bean-to-Bar

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on November 24, 2013 at 3:57am — 1 Comment

Spain and Chocolate

Just back from a trip to Spain. Only managed to sample the delights of Spanish Chocolate in the cities of Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Madrid and Santiago de Compostela. The best place for chocolate was without doubt Barcelona. The number of shops selling chocolate in bars or truffles was mindboggling. From shops selling a small range of truffles to complement other products to large chocolate only shops. Seems churros and hot chocolate is the signature cocoa experince in Spain. I…

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Added by jas on April 8, 2012 at 11:17pm — No Comments

"Enjoy Wild Balinese Cacao Beans, and learn the true magic of real chocolate!"

I found this text (source Nutrition Food), and after reading it I wasn't sure if it was correct, so I was thinking why dont I open a blogpage about it.

The Importance of Wild Cacao

Cacao is a native of the tropics, and has spread from its ancestral home of Central and South America to almost every rainforest ecosystem on the planet. Deep within the Indonesian jungle, a variety of cacao emerged from the rich volcanic soil in complete isolation, known only to natives of a…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on November 3, 2011 at 5:30pm — 8 Comments

ChocoMuseo is finally opened!

ChocoMuseo

is the interactive Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Cusco, Peru.

In ChocoMuseo, you will be able to learn the secrets of chocolate, its production process, and the history of cacao since the Maya, 1000 years ago.

We'll also organize workshops for…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on March 1, 2011 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Making chocolate from beans to bar in Cusco, Peru

Last week, we have finally received our sample of cacao beans from the cooperative we work with (Jose Olaya - Article on our website here).

With that cacao we made the first steps of chocolate making with Sr Walter Campana in the city of Cusco in Peru.

This video will show you the first steps of our artisanal chocolate process : Toasting, Husk removing, winnowing and grinding.…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on February 14, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Working with Cacao cooperatives in Southern Peru

While opening the Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Cusco, we decided to travel to the "Valle de la Convención" (5 hours from Cusco), region where most cacao is produced in Peru.

Talking to some producers or cooperatives, we saw that in fact cacao is not or poorly fermented in these region because farmers do not receive enough money to ferment their cacao so they prefer selling it without fermentation.

A lot of people here in Cusco prepare and produce what they call "Chocolate para…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on January 27, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Opening the Cacao and Chocolate Museum in Cusco, Perú

For two months now, Clara Isabel and I are in the fantastic city of Cusco, Perú.

Our objective is to open the new cacao and chocolate museum in this city.

For almost 1 month we looked for the perfect place to install this museum. We finally found a great place in the center of Cusco, on the wonderful Plaza Regocijo.…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on January 24, 2011 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Ecuadorian Chocolate-What You Need To Know

Arriba Chocolate



In a previous post, I discussed the definition of "Arriba" chocolate and beans-while there's no legal definition, Arriba can be used to denominate either beans of the Nacional variety from the "Arriba" or upriver area of the Guayas River Basin in the lowlands of southwestern Ecuador, or chocolate made from those beans. So is Arriba a chocolate or a type of bean? It can be both, depending on with whom you are speaking. Growers may call their beans Arriba variety, and… Continue

Added by Jeff Stern on July 10, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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