Explore the world of fine chocolate

Explore the world of fine chocolate

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Interview Episode 7: Emily Koons of Cacao Review

Interview Episode 7: Emily Koons of Cacao Review

Emily and Dayton Koons began Cacao Review as an Instagram chocolate review project. They take beautiful pictures and review wonderful bars, but last year they launched their first chocolate bar collaboration collection featuring bars from some of the world’s top chocolate makers. This year, they […]

Interview Episode 6: AJ Wentworth of Chocolate Conspiracy

Interview Episode 6: AJ Wentworth of Chocolate Conspiracy

Steve, Mike, Erika, and AJ of Chocolate Conspiracy AJ founded Chocolate Conspiracy 8 years ago, and we met shortly thereafter. He is a fun character, and we have talked a lot over the years about all things chocolate. Chocolate Conspiracy has a very unique approach […]

Interview Episode 5: Harper Macaw

Interview Episode 5: Harper Macaw

I was able to sit down with Sarah Hartman of Harper Macaw last November at the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle, Washington. Sarah and her husband, Colin, are using Brazilian cacao to craft chocolate that is bold and fruity, and they are striving to help […]

Interview Episode 4: Solstice Chocolate

Interview Episode 4: Solstice Chocolate

DeAnn Wallin of Solstice Chocolate has a unique style that is quintessentially American and bold and fun. Solstice Chocolate typifies the sorts of qualities that makes American chocolate unique from European bars. Her chocolate is bold and bright and expressive, and she is a blast […]

Interview Episode 3.2 – Volker Lehmann Part 2

Interview Episode 3.2 – Volker Lehmann Part 2

In Part 1, Volker tells the story of his discovery of cacao that had been lost to Westerners – but was still known by the people in the jungle of Bolivia. In Part 2, we talk about the struggle of convincing the chocolate industry to […]

Interview Episode 3.1 – Volker Lehmann Part 1

Interview Episode 3.1 – Volker Lehmann Part 1

Volker is a brilliant and fascinating man who, after growing up in Germany, traveled the world in search of adventure and helping people. Join in our conversation as we discuss how he discovered and came to purchase the land whereon grows the most pure cacao […]

Interview Episode 2: Hazel Lee

Interview Episode 2: Hazel Lee

Last November, I was able to sit down with Hazel in the midst of the hubbub of the Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle. Hazel is a HARD-core chocolate fan, and she is a member of the Academy of Chocolate, among other distinctions. Our focus is […]

Interview Episode 1: Ritual Chocolate

Interview Episode 1: Ritual Chocolate

Listen in to my conversation with Anna and Robbie of Ritual chocolate, 2 incredible people who have a truly singular vision about their ideal of fine chocolate. They discuss their backstory in beginning their company with attendent trials and stresses, and their perserverance to make […]

How to Taste Chocolate

How to Taste Chocolate

This second installment briefly discusses how to engage your senses to really experience chocolate. Did you know that you have WAY more than 5 senses? Or that tasting food engages more than just your tongue? So much of how we sense our food is beyond […]

Intro to Chocolate Fascination

Intro to Chocolate Fascination

Welcome to Chocolate Fascination! This podcast is all about fine chocolate. This introduction covers what is fine chocolate, how it is made, and how it differs from mass market chocolate – the likes of which most of us grew up with (even in Europe). Future […]

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