#PodSaveChocolate Calendar & Archive

#PodSaveChocolate Calendar & Archive

News, views, and conversations on topics in cocoa and chocolate streamed live to YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook. #PodSaveChocolate! Updated on July 5, 2024.

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Craft Beer & Chocolate: Differences That Matter | #PodSaveChocolate Ep59
Episode 59 of #PodSaveChocolate is a review of topics discussed with David Nilsen of the Bean to Barstool podcast about the similarities and differences between pairing, judging, and more.
Fancy Food Show Update | #PodSaveChocolate Ep58
Episode 58 of #PodSaveChocolate features an exploration of chocolate seen (and tasted) during the recent Summer Fancy Food Show by ChocolateLife contributor Keith Ayoob.
David Nilsen Bean to Barstool Part 2 | #PodSaveChocolate Ep57
Episode 57 of #PodSaveChocolate features a return interview with David – after I appeared as a guest on his Bean to Barstool podcast. We’ll be talking about definitions for craft, our approaches to tasting and pairing, and more.
Updated: World Chocolate Day, News & AMA | #PodSaveChocolate Ep56
Episode 56 of #PodSaveChocolate features a look at the history of World Chocolate Day (July 7) plus all the (chocolate) news that’s fit to eat for July AND the July AMA.

Ep 056 | Friday July 5th

CocoaNomics w/ Frank Homann, XOCO Gourmet | #PodSaveChocolate Ep55
Episode 55 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview with Frank Homann, Founder and CEO of XOCO Gourmet, on the economics of cocoa production.

Ep 055 | Tue July 2nd


2024 AVPA Chocolates Competition Results | #PodSaveChocolate Ep54
Episode 54 of #PodSaveChocolate covers the 2024 (Fourth Edition) of the AVPA (Agence pour la Valorisation des Produits Agricoles) Chocolates Processed at Origin Competition.

Ep 054 | Friday June 28th

Beach Reads, Flicks, & Tunes | #PodSaveChocolate Ep53
Episode 53 of #PodSaveChocolate: Top book, movie, and music recommendations for chocolate-loving Summer beach-goers.

Ep 053 | Tue June 25th

HotHotHot Weather Shipping | #PodSaveChocolate Ep52
Episode 52 of #PodSaveChocolate reviews top hot weather shipping advice.

Ep 052 | Friday June 21st

Deep Dive: CHOCONOMIC$ | #PodSaveChocolate Ep51
Episode 51 of #PodSaveChocolate takes a deep dive into the costs of setting up a new chocolate business with an emphasis on businesses that transform cocoa beans into bars and other products.

Ep 051 | Tue June 18th

Updated: The Year (So Far) In Review | #PodSaveChocolate Ep50
Episode 50 of #PodSaveChocolate is a mid-year look at where things stand in 2024 ... the week before the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. officially taking place on Thursday, June 20 at 20:51 GMT.

Ep 050 | Friday June 14th

June News & AMA | #PodSaveChocolate Ep49
Episode 49 of #PodSaveChocolate is the monthly “Chocolate News That’s Fit to Eat” and AMA – “Ask Me Anything About Cocoa or Chocolate” episode.

Ep 049 | Tue June 11th

Interview & Tasting: Chocolat Moderne | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 48 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview and tasting with Joan Coukos, founder of Chocolat Moderne (NYC).

Ep 048 | Friday June 7th

There is/was no episode of PodSaveChocolate on Tuesday, June 4th.


Cocoa, Carbon Capture, & Biochar | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 47 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of carbon capture, sequestration, biochar, and upcycling in the cocoa sector.

Ep 047 | Friday May 31st

Interview & Tasting: Magno Chocolates, Colombia | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 46 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview and tasting with Nataly Nicholls, founder of Magno Chocolates (Medellin, Colombia).

Ep 046 | Tuesday May 28th

Gear Geek Deep Dive | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 45 of #PodSaveChocolate does a deep geek dive into non-traditional gear chocolate makers and confectioners should take a look at.

Ep 045 | Friday May 24th

There was no episode of PodSaveChocolate on Tuesday, May 21st.
SF CCE 2024 with Keith Ayoob | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 44 of #PodSaveChocolate features discussion of the recent Craft Chocolate Experience with ChocolateLife Contributor Keith Ayoob.

Ep 044 | Friday May 17th

Interview w/ Pashmina of Bar & Cocoa | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 43 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview with Pashmina De Shon, co-founder of specialty chocolate source Bar & Cocoa.

Ep 043 | Tuesday May 14th

May News Roundup & AMA | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 42 of #PodSaveChocolate is my monthly News Roundup and AMA – Ask Me Anything – episode. This month’s topics will also include “Cocoa Futures and the Future of Cocoa.”

Ep 042 | Friday May 10th

Interview & Tasting: Mashpi Chocolate, Ecuador | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 41 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview and tasting with and of Mashpi Chocolate, Ecuador.

Ep 041 | Tuesday May 7th

Interview & Tasting: Sally McFadyen of Argencove | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 40 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview and tasting with Sally McFadyen, founder of Argencove Chocolate, Granada, Nicaragua.

Ep 040 | Friday May 3rd


Interview & Tasting: Mark Burrows Pollinator Chocolate | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 39 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview and tasting with Mark Burrows, founder of Pollinator Chocolate, Carbondale, CO.

Ep 039 | Tuesday April 30th

Upcycling in the Cacao Sector: Can/Will it Help Farmers? | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 38 of #PodSaveChocolate features an exploration of Upcycling in the cocoa sector. Some are suggesting it as a way to help farmers left behind in the current spike in cocoa prices. Is it?

Ep 038 | Friday April 26th

Discover Chocolate Shorts | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 37 of #PodSaveChocolate features an exploration of a new YouTube/TikTok series in preproduction: Discover Chocolate #Shorts. What do YOU think this series should include?

Ep 037 | Tuesday April 23th

The High Co$t of Expen$ive Cocoa: Part 2 | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 36 of #PodSaveChocolate is a continuation of the discussion about the current high cost of cocoa focusing more on why and how, than what begun in Episode 35.

Ep 036 | Friday April 19th

The High Co$t of Expen$ive Cocoa | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 35 of #PodSaveChocolate is a discussion about the current high cost of cocoa focusing more on why and how, than what.

Ep 035 | Tuesday April 16th

In The High Cost of Expensive Cocoa: Part 1 host Clay Gordon discusses the significant increase in the price of cocoa, which has reached near-historic highs. Reasons behind this trend are explored, including crop diseases, weather conditions, and speculation from hedge funds and big chocolate companies. The decline in cocoa production in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world's largest producers, has contributed to the shortfall, which contributes to rising prices.

Clay discusses the impact of these price increases on farmers, fine chocolate makers, and smaller chocolate producers, arguing that the current state of the cocoa industry is a result of the practices of big chocolate and cocoa companies over the past 50 years, which have externalized risks and costs onto small farmers. Clay calls for international pressure on Cocoa Boards and for farmers to hold these companies accountable. They also encourage consumers to demand change and consider new business models to support farmers and prevent the market from returning to the status quo.

The episode also touches on the potential shift in cocoa production to new regions and the implications of this for direct trade relationships and farmers.
— summary prepared by summarize.tech and edited by Clay
SW Chocolate & Coffee Fest Trip Report & Travelogue | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 34 of #PodSaveChocolate is a presentation of my impressions of the 2024 Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest as a first-time participant – traveler, presenter, judge, and guest.

Ep 034 | Friday April 12th

UPDATED: 2024 Craft Chocolat Challenge Awards Show | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 33 of #PodSaveChocolate is dedicated to presenting the winners of the 2024 Craft Chocolat Challenge.

Ep 033 | Tuesday April 9th

Friday, April 5th No episode – on my way to ABQ.
April News Roundup & AMA | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 32 of #PodSaveChocolate is my monthly News Roundup and AMA – Ask Me Anything – episode.

Ep 032 | Tuesday April 2nd


Starting a Craft Chocolate Business: Top Tips | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 31 of #PodSaveChocolate was inspired by a post in the r/chocolate subreddit. You never know where inspiration will strike!

Ep 031 | Friday March 29th

Dalareich Chocolate House, Philippines | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 30 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview with Dalareich (Dal) Polot of Dalareich Chocolate House on the Island of Bohol in the Philippines.

Ep 030 | Tuesday March 26th

The 2024 Chocolate Scorecard | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 29 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of the recently released Chocolate Scorecard. The bad, the worse, and the truly ugly.

Ep 029 | Friday March 22nd

Big Chocolate Disappoints? Again? | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 28 of #PodSaveChocolate features an op-ed on a potential impact of Big Chocolate’s widespread adoption of alternative “chocolates.” And why I think this is a bad thing – and you should, too,

Ep 028 | Tuesday March 19th

Sweet Vegan Chocolates Interview & Tasting | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 27 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview with Chef Andrea Young of Sweet Vegan Chocolates (NYC) and a live tasting!

Ep 027 | Friday March 15th

Mapping the Genetic Evolution of Cacao & March ’24 News/AMA | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 26 of #PodSaveChocolate features “All the (Chocolate) News That’s Fit to Eat” and the monthly AMA – Ask Me Anything (about cocoa or chocolate).

Ep 026 | Tuesday March 12th

Judging a Chocolate Competition | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 25 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of judging chocolate awards competitions with a focus on the 2024 Craft Chocolat Challenge.

Ep 025 | Friday March 8th

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest Preview | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 24 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview with Dean Strober, the organizer of the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest.

Ep 024 | Tuesday March 5th

Chocolate is NOT Coffee: Can it/Will it Ever Be? | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 23 of #PodSaveChocolate – One of the many differences between chocolate and coffee is coffee’s extensive embrace of hobbyists. What can chocolate learn from coffee in this respect?

Ep 023 | Friday March 1st


Four Bars Further | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 22 of #PodSaveChocolate – Tony’s is up to its old tricks trolling Big Chocolate, gets caught out, and backpedals.

Ep 022 | Tuesday February 27th

Exploring “Single-Origin” with ATK | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 21 of #PodSaveChocolate is a response to a recent ATK episode about single-origin chocolate.

Ep 021 | Friday February 23rd

Tuesday, February 20th No episode
Cacao Boliviano with Volker Lehmann | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 20 of #PodSaveChocolate features an update to my discussions of Bolivian cacao in a new interview with friend and colleague Volker Lehmann.

Ep 020 | Friday February 16th

Researching Chocolate and Cocoa on the Interwebs | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 19 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of the tools and resources I use to do my research on chocolate and cocoa on the Interwebs.

Ep 019 | Tue February 13th

Is A Regenerative Ag Future Enough? | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 18 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of Regenerative Agriculture compared with Agroforestry and other approaches – some ancient and some modern.

Ep 018 | Friday February 9th

2024 Craft Chocolat Challenge Udpates | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 17 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview with Dustin Cornett with updates on the 2024 Craft Chocolat Challenge and more.

Ep 017 | Tue February 6th

Communicating the Flavors of Chocolate & Coffee | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 16 of #PodSaveChocolate features my 2023 presentation to the British Society of Flavourists.

Ep 016 | Friday February 2nd


News Roundup and AMA | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 15 of #PodSaveChocolate features a roundup of recent news and AMA – Ask Me Anything (about cocoa and chocolate).

Ep 015 | Tuesday January 30th

Yojoa Honduran Chocolate w/ Elmer Pineda | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 14 of #PodSaveChocolate features an interview and live tasting with award-winning Honduran chocolate maker Elmer Pineda, Yojoa Chocolate.

Ep 014 | Friday January 26th

Adding Value to Cocoa in Producing Countries | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 13 of #PodSaveChocolate features an in-depth exploration of issues of adding value to cocoa in producing countries.

Ep 013 | Tuesday January 23rd

ICD’s ICCF Abuja/Lagos Nigeria 2024 | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 12 of #PodSaveChocolate comprises a report of my recent trip to Nigeria for International Cocoa Diplomacy’s International Cocoa and Chocolate Forum.

Ep 012 | Friday January 19th

Tuesday, January 6th No episode
Reason: Returning from Nigeria
Friday, January 12th No episode
Reason: Traveling in Nigeria
Tuesday, January 9th No episode
Reason: Traveling in Nigeria

Chocolate & Your Health, A Guide For 2024 | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 11 of #PodSaveChocolate features a look at chocolate and your health with ChocolateLife contributor and regular podcast guest Keith Ayoob.

Ep 011 | Tuesday January 2nd. The first episode of PSC for 2024.

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Friday, December 29th No episode today
Reason: In the air, returning from the holidays with family.
Tuesday, December 26th No episode today
Reason: Spending Boxing Day with family.
2023 in Review, 2024 Preview | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 10 of #PodSaveChocolate features a look back over 2023 and a preview of 2024. Starting time: 10 am PST / 1 pm EST / 6 pm GMT on December 19th, 2023.

Ep 010 | Friday December 22nd. The last episode of PSC in 2023.

The EUDR and You – w/ Antonie Fountain | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 9 of #PodSaveChocolate features Antonie Fountain of the VOICE Network. Starting time: 10 am PST / 1 pm EST / 6 pm GMT on December 19th, 2023.

Ep 009 | Tuesday December 19th

Host Clay Gordon introduces Antonie Fountain, Executive Director of The VOICE network, to discuss the implications of the upcoming European Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) on the cocoa and chocolate industries. The EUDR aims to stop deforestation and requires imported commodities, including cocoa, to prove that they have not come from areas deforested after 2020. Fountain highlights the importance of traceability and responsible sourcing, and the need to establish structures to prove compliance. He explains that the responsibility for compliance lies with whoever places the product on the EU market, and stresses the need to support smallholder cocoa farmers who may not have reliable access to technology. Fountain acknowledges the challenges of implementing the EUDR, but is optimistic about its potential impact in the medium to long term.

The conversation also highlights the environmental damage caused by deforestation in the cocoa sector. The complexity of determining which commodities to include is mentioned, with industries like timber and sugar having significant influence. The discussion also compares chocolate production in the United States and the rest of the world, noting differences in ingredients and flavors. The importance of understanding the unintended consequences of regulations and promoting awareness in the chocolate industry is emphasized.
— Summary generated by summarize.tech
The New Case Against Mars, et al | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 8 of #PodSaveChocolate features Terry Collingsworth of International Rights Advocates Starting time: 10 am PST / 1 pm EST / 6 pm GMT.

Ep 008 | Friday December 15th

In the latest episode of #PodSaveChocolate, host Clay Gordon welcomes back Terry Collingsworth from International Rights Advocates to discuss recent developments in the chocolate industry, specifically a new lawsuit against Mars, Mondelēz, and Cargill for child labor abuses and fraudulent rehabilitation programs. Collingsworth explains that the CBS News investigation came about through a whistleblower in Ghana who revealed information about the child labor issue and the fraudulent programs. The hosts express their frustration as these corporations have not kept their promises made 22 years ago to stop using child labor. Collingsworth discusses ongoing lawsuits against major companies, including Nestle, Cargill, and Mars, for their involvement in forced child labor, and the lawsuit filed under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act with a strong expectation of winning. The podcast also explores a French statute that requires reporting on deforestation and child labor in chocolate production, as well as collaboration with viewers to hold companies accountable. Throughout the episode, the hosts remain committed to keeping audiences informed and advocating for the essential truths underlying the reporting of Big Chocolate.
— Summary generated by summarize.tech
No episode on Tuesday, December 12th.
Goodnow Farms’ Yasica Especial | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 7 of #PodSaveChocolate features the chocolate of the award-winning Goodnow Farms, with a focus on the recent release of their limited-edition Yasica Especial bar made from Criollo beans from Nicaragua. Starting time: 10 am PST / 1 pm EST / 6 pm GMT.

Ep 007 | Friday December 8th

Two Reviews and One Tasting | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 6 of #PodSaveChocolate features reviews of products from two brands and a live tasting of products from a third.

Ep 006 | Tuesday December 5th

December News Roundup & AMA | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 5 of PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of topics that have shown up in my feeds since the November News RoundUp episode. Plus the monthly #PSC AMA – Ask Me Anything (about cocoa and chocolate).

Ep 005 | Friday December 1st


WNWN: alt.chocolates’ Future? | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 4 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of alt.chocolate and some opinions about whether or not they could be the future of chocolate. #cacao #cocoa #chocolate

Ep 004 | Tuesday November 28th

Giving Thanks For Chocolate | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 3 of #PodSaveChocolate features a tasting of some chocolates I picked up on my recent London trip as well as a discussion of what I have to be thankful for in my pursuit of my ChocolateLife. #cacao #cocoa #chocolate

Ep 003 | Friday November 24th

Disrupting Chocolate from the farm to the consumer | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 2 of #PodSaveChocolate features a discussion of factors that will be disruptive, that may be disruptive, and that may not be disruptive of the status quo ante in cocoa and chocolate. #cacao #cocoa #chocolate

Ep 002 | Tuesday November 21st

Birgitte Rasine: The Cacao Muse | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 1 of #PodSaveChocolate features Birgitte Rasine, The Cacao Muse, and introduces a new interactive content collaboration between TheChocolateLife and The Cacao Muse. #cacao #cocoa #chocolate

Ep 001 | Friday November 17th

In this episode, Birgitte Rasine is introduced as the guest and shares her story of growing up in the Czech Republic and discovering her love for chocolate in the United States. She talks about her book, The Jaguar and the Cacao Tree, and how it led to her becoming a chocolate critic and later, a mentor to many in the chocolate industry. Birgitte discusses her experience at an international conference for cocoa and chocolate, where she felt disconnected between the people in the industry and those in the field. She also mentions the connection between Mayan mythology and the reverence for the cacao tree, which was considered sacred by the native people of Mesoamerica. Birgitte then discusses her plans to write a book inspired by her experiences and observations, hoping to inspire others to take action and make positive change for the planet. She then discusses the Mesoamerican calendar and its three main systems: the Long Count, the Hub, and the Tzolk'in. They also discuss the concept of cultural appropriation and why they chose to write about chocolate in their next book. Host Clay Gordon talks about the idea that the stars in the sky were once predictors of natural events and over time, they gained agency and became responsible for the change. The Maya were a polytheistic culture and believed that the Divine was everywhere in all forms of nature, including the Tzolk'in Day signs.

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