Review: Legast – Piura Pérou 70% – 2016 Harvest (*****)

The Creator: Thibaut Legast is one of the rising stars if the Belgian bean-to-bar chocolate scene. His work didn’t go unnoticed by Pierre Marcolini as he wrote his book on Belgian Chocolate – bean-to-bar generation. After a former less succesful first adventure in making chocolate from the bean, Thibaut was invited to Colombia to discover…

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: Aelan – Vanuatu – Island of Santo 70% (****)

The Creator: Chocolate makers pop up all over the world. The bean to bar chocolate wave seems to have become a Tsunami. Daily I find out about new chocolate makers. When I visited Chocolate Heaven, an event in Maastricht – The Netherlands, I discovered some great looking bars made by Aelan. The immediately intrigued me,…

Review: Krakakoa – Sedayu Sumatra 70% (***1/2)

The Creator: If you are into fine chocolate and start meeting equally interested souls, you might have the chance to taste something special from time to time. The chance of finding a bar of Indonesian bean-to-bar chocolate on a shelf in a shop around the corner is slim. Unless you live in Indonesia of course….

Review: Mike&Becky – Peru Marañón 70 % (*****)

The Creator: I have many bars in my stock that await being reviewed. But the one I have on the table here I anticipated the most. Mike&Becky gave me several bars at the end of January, yet they just had been manufactured. Clearly the bars needed to mature for a couple of weeks to obtain…

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: Askinosie – Honduras 70% (****)

The Creator It must be one of the most intriguing looking bars I’ve found so far. This brown paper bag-like package I hold today. A cocoa farmer with a big smile stares at me. “Go on, try this bar” his eye seem to say. There is no way to turn down this request. What I’m…

Review: Cacao Hunters – Tumaco 70% (*****)

Today I have the chance to write about one of the rising starts of South America. As part of the upcoming wave of high quality, locally producing Latin American chocolate makers – Cacao Hunters create their products with Colombian cocoa in the country itself. Their story is one of the more remarkable ones, as the…

Review: Hummingbird Chocolate – Momotombo 70% (*****)

“I’m talking about that hummingbird oh she’s little and she loves me” BB King knew all about Hummingbird when he recorded this famous track written by Don Robertson. Just my way of telling you we are reviewing another bar by Hummingbird. A small-scale artisan chocolate from Canada. Last time around, I received a wonderful message…