Review: Nearynógs – Dominican Republic Hispaniola 72% (****)

The Creator: Northern Ireland, a name inspiring thoughts of wild rocky coast, lush green pastures and grey, rainy skies. Yet it is also home to a bean-to-bar chocolate maker! Nearynógs. Started in 2011 as a way to fun a charity trip to the slums of New Dehli – India, the company quickly expanded and started…

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 – Tres Hombres 75% (***1/2)

So long, Oh Summer, thou enemy of all things chocolate. Now the tropical temperatures have subdued, it is time to welcome autumn. High season for good chocolate. Shops proudly show their new collections, chocolate can be transported without the risk of melting and chocolate events pop up all over the globe. From the Northwest Chocolate…

Review: Dead Dog Chocolate – Mexican 65% (**1/2)

Because to much of our delicious treats would kill our beloved dog Scout. Hence the explanation why Dead Dog Chocolate is the name of the company of Damaris and Katelyn. Heavily influenced by the authentic way of Mexican chocolate making, they are based in Denver, Colorado USA and are part of the blooming American bean-to-bar…

Review: Hummingbird – Hispaniola Dominican Republic 70% (****1/2)

Even National and European elections in Belgium won’t keep me away from things that really matter and actually bring people together, despite difference in nationality. Single Origin Chocolate! Time for another review! Today we visit Canada once more. My bag of treats from over the pond isn’t empty yet. Not by far! Hummingbird states on…

Review: Dick Taylor – 74% Dominican Republic (*****)

Chocolate… it’s a funny thing. Almost everybody loves it, almost everybody eats it, everybody has heard of it, but so few people really know the real deal. Look at me, I’m in my mid-thirties and I’m just getting to know true chocolate. But hey, this keeps life interesting, doesn’t it? Last week I was commissioning…

How to get more chocolate? By winning a contest!

My voyage through the wonderful world of fine chocolate happens most of the time on the World Wide Web! It’s amazing how many passionate people are out there trying to inform whoever is interested about the wonderful chocolates out there. On Facebook, you’ll find nearly every small batch single origin chocolate makers and they are…

Review: Menakao 72% + Pralus République Dominicaine 75%

A double review on my first Single Origin Chocolates… Menakao – 72% (****) Bean: not noted Origin: Sambirano region – Madagascar Production: Chocolaterie Cinagra SA – Madagascar Price paid: 4,90/75g Aroma: lots of cacao and touches of fruit The small pieces are lighter brown than expected and a little coarse in the mouth. Almost instantly…