Farewell to Chocolopolis


I have news to share that is bittersweet, and not just in a chocolaty way. I am closing Chocolopolis at the end of July when my lease is up. As you know, I’ve been lovingly running Chocolopolis for over a decade and I’m ready for my next adventure. While the doors to Chocolopolis are closing, […]

July 20, 2020

Cocoa in Ghana: A Farmer’s Perspective


On my recent journey to Ghana, I had the privilege of visiting cocoa farmers in the community of Asarkewaa in the Central Region. It was a special day for me, finding myself at ground zero for cocoa. These farmers work hard to give the world chocolate on a scale that craft chocolate makers can only […]

August 15, 2019

Montoso Gardens: The Cacao Pod Source


Have you ever held a fresh cacao pod in your hand? Cracked it open and tasted the fresh pulp? If you’ve never tasted cacao pulp, you don’t know what you’re missing. It tastes a bit like lychee, pineapple and apple, balancing tart with a whole lot of sweet, the perfect nectar to attract bacteria for […]

July 16, 2019

5 Tips for Storing Chocolate in the Summer


As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I find myself conflicted when the temperature creeps up and the sun comes out. After months of gray, overcast skies and mists of rain, I’m happy to bask in the warmth of the sun and replenish my vitamin D levels. As the owner of a chocolate shop, however, […]

June 4, 2019

Drinking the Nectar of Cacao

Chocolopolis, Ecuador

Last Fall we added sweet and fruity-tasting Cacao Juice to our chocolate collection. Despite the name, it does not taste like chocolate. It’s the juice from the mucilage, the sticky pulp that surrounds each cacao bean. Mucilage is a critical element in developing chocolate’s flavor. The wild fermentation process that cacao farmers have used for […]

May 16, 2019