Review: Willie’s Cacao – El Blanco, Venezuela (***1/2)

The Creator: As the sun blasted its rays right in my eyes, I pushed my hat a little lower. A quick glance at the town’s clock, before focusing again on the man in front of me. Dressed all in white. My mind raced through the events of the past days. How people warned, not to…

Willie’s Cacao – Indonesian Gold – Javan Dark Breaking 69 (****)

Ever since I’m into fine chocolate, there are countless other food groups that catch my attention. One of them is dried fruits and nuts. Everyone knows how almonds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts and raisins taste as you can buy them in every supermarket. But only when you taste fresh, in house roasted nuts of premium quality,…

Review: Willie’s Cacao – Madagascan Gold – Sambirano 71 (*****)

Just after I developed an interest in the world of fine chocolate, A Belgian TV station aired a “fly on the wall” series about Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s efforts to create his own artisan chocolate. The camera’s followed his ordeals with machinery, investments, the work on the cacao farm he owns in Venezuela up to making the…