Review: Chocolatoa – Tanzania Kokoa Kamili – 80% (****1/2)

The Creator: A new year has begon. And one chocolate has to start the series of reviews of this year. Today, we turn our focus on a bright star in the Belgian Bean-to-bar scene. Chocolatoa, run by Mario Vandeneede. Recently I had the chance to visit his operation in the small village of Ruiselede, Belgium….

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: Chocolatoa – Madagascar Millot Plantation 80% (****)

The Creator: Belgium has long been a country renowned for chocolate. Industrial chocolate. But since the start of the bean to bar revolution in the chocolate world, only a few brave Belgians ventured into making their own product from the bean on. Mario Vandeneede, founder of Chocolatoa, is on a mission teach the Belgian and…

Review: Erithaj – Hàm Luông Vietnam 80 % (**1/2)

The Creator Vietnam. Today more than ever, the name of this country is linked to fine chocolate. During the 19th century, cocoa was introduced on the fertile soils embraced by a climate loved by the cocoa tree. Only as recent as the beginning of this century, the chocolate producing world turned it’s head to this…

Villakuyaya – 80% Cacao Arriba Pink Salt (***)

The creator Villakuyaya is a new company in the chocolate world and part of the wave of Ecuadorian companies set to conquer the world by local made products. This chocolate maker focuses in the Arriba cocoa – the fino di aroma variety native to Ecuador. It has specific floral aromas if treated right and behaves…