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 – 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: Valle Canoabo – Hacienda San Cayetano 60% & 70%

The Creator: Kris, I would like you to try some chocolates. When I heared these words from Zoi Papalexandratou (Zoto.be) – my attention was instantly grabbed. Zoi works at the heart of the cocoa production. Zoto offers guidance to both chocolate makers and cocoa farmers and visits cocoa producing regions on a regular basis. During…

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: Ara Chocolat – Porcelana 70% (*****)

Ara Chocolat has been featured several times before on my site. They have a wonderful collection of origin bars, most of them I tried so far. The French chocolate maker is set apart by its own vision on how good chocolate should taste. I was intrigued to see they had created a Porcelana bar! Their…

Review: Chocolate Naive – Madagascar 85% (***1/2)

After an annoying two-week cold including a blocked nose, things finally cleared up so I can enjoy craft chocolate to the fullest again. About time, because I have a massive amount of bars waiting to be reviewed. Today we return to my favorite origin. Madagascar. Naive provided me with this gorgeous looking 85% bar, made…

Review: Amedei Blanco de Criollo – 70% (*****)

Now here is a first for me. After reviewing so many exciting bars, this time around I present you a blend. But if that blend is made by a company called “Amedei” and it features Criollo, I’m very confident I’ve got the attention of any true chocolate lover! Cecilia Tessieri travelled all the way to…

Review: Akesson’s Madagascar 75% Criollo Cocoa (****)

Two little words on a box of chocolate can make my heart skip a beat… Madagascar and Akesson’s. For one, the Madagascar region provides several chocolate makers with the beans to create wonderful, fruitful chocolate. And secondly, Akesson’s took me by surprise with their Bali bar, which brought me one of the most exotic tasting…