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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Part II: A Visit to Cocoa Farmers in Asarekwaa, Ghana

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On my recent journey to Ghana, I had the privilege to visit a community of cocoa farmers in Ghana’s Central Region. In Part I of this post, I shared my first impressions of the day and our visit with the first cocoa farmer and his family. After spending over an hour asking questions about cocoa […]

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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

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