Fine Tea & Chocolate Pairing

I have been giving introduction to origin chocolate tastings for a while now. It is always good fun changing peoples minds about a product they all think to know well and to open a whole now world of flavors. But even more rewarding are pairings. Bringing together two high quality products together and experience how…

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….

Tasting: wine and chocolate pairing

On the first friday of December, Wijnhandel Neyt from Waarschoot and Beantobar.be came together to organise a wine and chocolate pairing. After a selection round of chocolates, 6 different bars were selected and paired to six different wines. As more chocolates came to the table, so did the wines. Every participant had 3 wines on…

Review: Republica Del Cacao – Ecuador Manabi Province 75% (***)

The Creator: Summer in Belgium. Temperatures drop below 20°C. While this is bad news for people enjoying their hollidays, it means I can finally pull out some chocolate bars from my stock again. Time for some reviews! Today a bar made by Republica Del Cacao. A company based in Ecuador, dedicated to set quality bars…

Review: Marou – Heart of Darkness Vietnam 85% (*****)

The Creator Marou is one of the brands who surprised me big time when I first learned about fine chocolate. During a tasting session, their Ben Tré bar really stood up amidst many other nice chocolates, due to it’s distinct and unique flavors. The company has come far over the recent years. Vincent Mourou and…

Where to get it: www.bean2bar2you.be

So many wonderful chocolate makers out there. So many amazing chocolate bars and flavors to be discovered. Yet so little is known about this in Belgium, the so called country of chocolate. Slowly the tide is turning and people start to understand there is more to be found out there than the industrial chocolate display…

Review: Fruition Chocolate – Signature Dark Chocolate 66% (*****)

The chocolate circle. I’ve written about it before. Somehow the origin/artisan chocolate world is filled with people who are so thrilled by the wonderful products they make or discover, they want to share this knowledge with as many people who will appreciate it! A while ago, I was contacted by Adrienne from the United States….