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 […]

August 15, 2019

Montoso Gardens: The Cacao Pod Source


Chocolopolis

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

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