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Last year on February 11th I was in London to attend a tasting of with  Art Pollard of Amano, which I enjoyed very much. This year on February 11th I was in Kortrijk to visit my chocolate friend Geert Vercruysse (


I met Geert at a chocolate symposium for professionals arranged by Hidde de Brabander, a talented patissier/chocolatier in the Netherlands, May last year. I represented Original Beans (I am their ambassador). Geert was very enthusiastic and I was impressed by his tasting vocabulaire. It took a lot of months before I had the opportunity to visit him. But finally....

What a beautiful shop he has! Pastries, homemade chocolates and a fine selection of bars. Original Beans' had just arrived and were already displayed on the counter. First I had to taste some delicious pastries and chocolates. My favourite was a chocolate with a Pacari Raw ganache. Geert makes everything on his own, unbelievable! After that there was some work to do: making chocolate cakes with a mousse of Valrhona's Tanariva and a mousse of Amano's Madagascar, see photos below. Gorgeous!


At last I did some research in the shop. Could I find a bar I didn't taste so far? Yes! Bouga Cacao and the Heritage Limited Edition of El Ceibo.

February 14th is my birthday. I will treat my colleagues on Geert's fine chocolates. I'm sure they'll love it!

Thank you Geert for your warm welcome. I had a wonderful time!














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Comment by Vercruysse Geert on February 16, 2011 at 3:17am

Thank you very much Vera and Gerrit for your nice visit. Katrien and myself like to have people around with the same passion for chocolate and fine food. As you now I love the Original Beans not only for there wonderfull flavours and taste but also for the mission behind it and the extreem effort of Philipp Kaufmann. Its wonderfull to find people like you who wanted to share his view on the planet by making the world a better place trough chocolate: THE PLANET : REPLANT IT.

Thanks again for your beeing around us last weekend.

Geert and Katrien

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