Updated: The Year (So Far) In Review | #PodSaveChocolate Ep50

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.

When and Where to Watch

The LIVE episode starts at 10:00 AM PDT/MST (11:00 MDT, 12:00 CDT, 13:00 EDT), on Friday, June 14th, 2024. UPDATED to include all mentioned links 12:45 pm on 24/06.
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The Year (So Far) In Review | #PodSaveChocolate Ep50
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Episode 50 Overview

2024 has been a roller-coaster kind of year so far, and the roiled cocoa market does not look like it’s going to settle down very soon.

But there is more to cocoa and chocolate than the market, and that’s what we’re here to discuss in this episode of #PodSaveChocolate.

One of the most popular posts on TCL in the past week.

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.

The last post of 2023. How did I do (so far) in my look forward to the new year?

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.

The first post of 2024.

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.

Adding value in producing countries is rapidly becoming more important to the sustainability equation.

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.

Interviews and tastings with makers is a new focus for PodSaveChocolate.

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

In part, this is about differentiating specialty chocolate and cocoa from commodity/bulk cocoa.

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.

Want to visit Bolivia with Volker and me?

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

When even “experts” get things wrong.

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.

How I approach judging in competitions like the Craft Chocolat Challenge\

My favorite news of the year is this next one:
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).

Updating our understanding of the evolution and trading patterns of cacao.

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.

The chocolate apologetics “bible.”

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.

Notes on an exhibition – my first participation in a chocolate show of the year.

The High Co$t of Expen$ive Cocoa: Part 1 | #PodSaveChocolate
Episode 35 of #PodSaveChocolate is a discussion about the current high cost of cocoa focusing more on why and how, than what.

Link to Part 2. The cocoa story of the decade (and the past 50 years).

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

More about the future of cocoa and ways to make cocoa production more ethical from an environmental viewpoint.


If you have questions, you can ask them live during the episode or, if you are a ChocolateLife member, you can ask them in the Comments below at any time.

#cocoa #cacao #cacau
#chocolate #chocolat #craftchocolate
#PodSaveChocolate #PodSaveChoc
#LaVidaCocoa #TheChocolateLife

Future Episodes

Friday, June 28th – AVPA Awards Show
Chocolates made at origin (in a producing country).
Friday, July 5th – World Chocolate Day Celebration
World Chocolate Day is Sunday, July 7th.
Tuesday, July 9th – Interview with David Nilsen, Bean to Barstool Podcast, Part 2
Part 1 will take place over on Bean to Barstool and will take a look at pairing beer and chocolate from the perspective of beer. Part 2 will take a look at pairing chocolate and beer from the perspective of chocolate.

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