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 […]

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Join us on a Chocolate Expedition to Ecuador

Chocolopolis, Ecuador, Event, Travel

I am excited to be leading a chocolate expedition to Ecuador this coming September 5 – 14 with Global Family Travels and I hope you’ll join us. Not only does Ecuador have an ancient cacao tradition that dates back centuries, but it is home to a vibrant, modern craft chocolate scene that offers excellent cacao […]

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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

Customer Spotlight: Samantha Reynolds

Chocolopolis, Community

Where to start? While Samantha had been a customer of ours for a while, I first got to know her when we were running our Kickstarter campaign in 2013. Samantha approached me and told me she wanted to have a vocational vacation where she followed me around for a week to see what it was […]

July 6, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Jess Tupper

Chocolopolis, Community

Jess Tupper is one of our most enthusiastic customers. Her enthusiasm doesn’t stop at chocolate, it extends to all sweets. In fact, she microblogs about desserts for a living. I have to thank my long-time employee, Anna Daniell, for introducing me to Jess Tupper. Jess is a friend of Anna’s from GeekGirlCon, a group where […]

June 29, 2018

Celebrating 10 Years of Craft Chocolate


It’s been 10 years since we opened our doors and introduced Seattle to craft chocolate! We’re kicking off our tenth anniversary celebration on July 3 with extended hours from 11:00am to 7:00pm to mark our first full day of business in 2008. I’ll be in residence, ready to reminisce with you and to share some […]

June 27, 2018

Launching the Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society


One of the things I love most about my job is sharing chocolate with customers. Whether I’m introducing someone to craft chocolate for the first time, or whether I’m challenged to find something new for a veteran taster, the experience of tasting chocolate together is a wonderful profession. It’s an experience I would like to […]

June 21, 2018

Customer Spotlight: Valentina Vitols

Chocolopolis, Community

Valentina Vitols is one of our oldest customers – I don’t mean by age. She started shopping at Chocolopolis when we she  moved to Seattle in July of 2008, the same month we opened our doors. She’s been with us ever since. Valentina comes from Venezuela, a country with a proud tradition of growing fine […]

June 15, 2018

Who wins when cocoa’s price rises? (Part II)


Photo: COCOBOD quality control officer grading cocoa in Ghana; photo by Kristy Leissle By Dr. Kristy Leissle Last week, I wrote about the people and companies that lose out (or have a questionable outcome) when cocoa’s price rises, as it did during the first quarter of 2018. This week, I tackle the question that prompted […]

June 11, 2018