Review: Cacao Prieto – Dominican Cacao 72% (***)

The Creator: Many bean to bar chocolate makers have passed on this site by now. They all source fine cocoa and turn the beans into exciting and wonderful chocolate bars, or at least try to. But some people go even beyond this. They venture deeper into the cocoa world and take charge of the entire…

Review: Chocolate Makers – Peru Awajún 80% (***1/2)

The Creator: People might think I’m heavily focusing on what goes on in the Belgian bean-to-bar scene. But chocolate is so international, I keep on getting products from every nation in my hands. I found this Chocolate Makers bar in the shop of my favorite artisan coffee roaster Vandekerckhove in Ghent. Chocolate Makers is a…

Review: Valle Canoabo – Hacienda San Cayetano 60% & 70%

The Creator: Kris, I would like you to try some chocolates. When I heared these words from Zoi Papalexandratou (Zoto.be) – my attention was instantly grabbed. Zoi works at the heart of the cocoa production. Zoto offers guidance to both chocolate makers and cocoa farmers and visits cocoa producing regions on a regular basis. During…

Review: Coup De Chocolat – Gusta Peru 70% (****1/2)

The Creator: Coup de Chocolat is the result of two people meeting up. Isabelle Quirynen has been active in the world of fine chocolate since years. She started out organizing tastings and followed through by setting up her own web shop and worked for one of the bigger distributors of fine chocolate in Europe. She…

Review: Tibor Szántó – Venezuela Porcelana 70% (****)

The Creator Tibor Szántó is a Hungarian chocolate maker who started from a fine wine background. As a professional wine educator, Tibor visited Italy and discovered the art of chocolate making. When returning home, he was surprised no such chocolatiers existed in his home land. It soon became clear that chocolate making turned from interest…

Francois Pralus – Indonésie Criollo – 75% (****)

Maison Pralus was one of the companies who opened my eyes for good chocolate. Several years ago their Dominican bar overwhelmed me with massive amounts of unexpected flavors and instantly made me fall in love with origin chocolate. The Pralus line up probably is one of the best available brands who make exciting chocolate. I…

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: Ara Chocolat – Porcelana 70% (*****)

Ara Chocolat has been featured several times before on my site. They have a wonderful collection of origin bars, most of them I tried so far. The French chocolate maker is set apart by its own vision on how good chocolate should taste. I was intrigued to see they had created a Porcelana bar! Their…

Review: Chocolate Naive – Nicaragua Nicaliso 70% (****1/2)

Lithuanian producer Chocolate Naive is one of the more intruiging chocolate makers around. Lithuania is little known as a chocolate country, but it shows it doesn’t matter where you are from, there is always a way to create something stunning. Former experiences with their products showed me they create wonderful tasting bars with an own…