Mindo, Ecuador: A Town Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Barbara Wilson’s voice picks up when she talks about Mindo, Ecuador. “Mindo is a tiny little town where you can walk everywhere. Everything is lush and green and everyone knows everyone. It’s very safe and there are lots of things to do and lots of people from other countries.” I spoke with Barbara about Mindo […]

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Cocoa in Ghana: A Farmer’s Perspective

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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 […]

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On a Mission to Improve Chocolate & Cacao in Brazil


Bar of the Week, Bean to Bar, Brazil, Chocolopolis, Community, Happy Hour, Politics & Economics of Cacao, Regional Bar Collection, Sweet Sixteen

After a very long dry spell, we recently added two new chocolate makers to our collection, both made in their countries of origin. Last week we launched Momotombo Chocolate, hailing from Nicaragua. Today we are excited to introduce Mission Chocolate, coming to us directly from São Paulo, Brazil. Not only is Mission Chocolate made in […]

October 13, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Liz Gotterer


Chocolopolis, Community, Happy Hour

Liz Gotterer has been a member of our monthly chocolate tasting panel for many years now. She was drawn to the tasting panel because she hadn’t developed a vocabulary to describe flavor and texture differences, and she wanted to have the opportunity to taste a lot of chocolate and understand what she liked best before […]

September 21, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Kris Saada


Chocolopolis, Community

I first met Kris Recarde Saada on July 10, 2014. She attended a chocolate demonstration by Jacques Dahan of Chocolat Michel Cluizel that we held in our kitchen at the Queen Anne store. She has been a devoted customer ever since. While I can’t take credit for introducing Kris to craft chocolate, I can take […]

September 13, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Marjorie Korkowski


Chocolopolis, Community

I have to be honest and say that I don’t remember the first time I met Marjorie Korkowski. I’ve known her for a long time now, first as a chocolate-loving customer and then as a good friend. She discovered Chocolopolis the month after we opened in 2008 while searching for a particular bar of chocolate […]

August 24, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Monali Patel


Chocolopolis, Community

This week’s customer spotlight is on long-time customer Monali Patel. I first met Monali in 2012 as the store was celebrating its fourth anniversary. She attended Dr. Kristy Leissle’s talk at Chocolopolis on “Fair, Free and Direct Trade” and introduced herself then. A chocolate lover with a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations, Monali received her […]

July 12, 2018