Mindo, Ecuador: A Town Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Chocolopolis

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 […]

Continue Reading

Cocoa in Ghana: A Farmer’s Perspective

Chocolopolis

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 […]

Continue Reading

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


Chocolopolis

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


Chocolopolis

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)


Chocolopolis

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

Customer Spotlight: Paul & Linda Woltz


Chocolopolis, Community

Paul and Linda Woltz have been part of our customer tasting panel since its inception in 2012. They add a unique and colorful perspective to the group, both personally and professionally, working in fields that satisfy both heart and soul. Paul is a professional jazz musician who performs in a number of jazz and classical […]

May 24, 2018

The Impact of Genetics on the History of Cacao


Chocolopolis

Editor’s Note: Below is the letter we sent in APRIL to members of our Chocolate of the Month World Tour Club (CMWT). We post the letter a month after our club selection ships, so if you purchase the CMWT, you will not receive the same bars that are featured here. Hello Members, Our monthly focus […]

May 16, 2018