Review: Potomac – Upala Costa Rica 85% (****1/2)

The Creator: Ben Rasmussen, the owner and chocolate maker of Potomac Chocolate has a clear vision. He wants to make pure chocolate which highlights the unique flavors of each cocoa origin he works with. Furthermore, the American chocolate maker based in Woodbridge, Virginia – states that he makes them in an absurdly small workshop and…

Review: Legast – Tumaco Colombia 70% – 2016 Harvest (****1/2)

The Creator: Thibaut Legast is a passionate chocolate maker who first started working with the dark gold at the age of 15 in the family chocolate shop. Today he is at the helm of his operation and became a real chocolate maker by going bean-to-bar. Based in Braine-Le-Compte, situated in the Hainaut province, Thibaut works…

Review: Kuyay – Chocolate bitter 70% (****)

The Creator: When visiting the Chocolate Heaven festival in Maastricht earlier this year, I was wandering past the different booths of the chocolate sellers displaying their goods. It is always great to see all the known brands on offer, but what intrigues me during shows are the bars I don’t know. Kuyay caught my eye…

Review: El Rey – Caoba Milk Chocolate 41% (***1/2)

The Creator: The world of bean-to-bar chocolate makers includes a lot of small scale companies who produce wonderful bars with just a few dedicated people. On the other hand, there are also those who grew a large scale operation, without loosing the idea of making good chocolate from quality cocoa. El Rey is a company…

Review: Menakao – Dark Chocolate 72% (****)

The Creator: This is the first rerun review of a chocolate bar on my website. There are so many chocolate makers out there and so many amazing chocolate bars to be discovered, but just like falling in love for the very first time, the first one will always remain lively in your memory. And it…

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: Coup De Chocolat – Jerome 85% (***1/2)

The Creator: Coup De Chocolat Is the cocoa love child (*) of two Belgian chocolate enthusiasts. Tom Geens and Isabelle Quireynen run their small chocolate factory (12m²) in the center of Antwerp. They won th hearts of a lot of people with their Gusta – Peru bar, myself including. The bar was a little rough…

Review: Omnom Chocolate – Nicaragua 73% (****)

The Creator: Iceland. A country instantly reminding you of snow, volcanic activity and rough landscapes. A barren, yep magical place that makes people fall in love with it in a heartbeat. Yet hardly anyone would ever connect this island with single origin chocolate. But the chocolate world knows. This legendary nordic island hosts a special…

Review: Mike&Becky – India 70% (****)

The Creator: Mike&Becky in Uccle, Brussels. For many people, this name has become equal to a heartwarming welcome in one of the best hot chocolate bars in Belgium. A great chocolate shop as well. And always a treat to see their grinders at work in the workshop. Björn Becker and Julia Mikerova are some of…

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…