Review: Amazing Cacao – Dark chocolate 70% Buckwheat Maca (*****)

The Creator: I’m a chocolate purist. No need to hide it. I fell in love with the amazing flavors quality cocoa and chocolate can offer to those who take the time to discover them. But the chocolate market seems to be booming with flavored chocolates and bars with inclusions. I’ve tried many, from different chocolate…

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: 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: Chocolate Tree – Whisky & Nibs – 69% (*****)

The Creator: There are times that the heart of a food lover rejoices. When you discover a creation which combines two products you love. Origin chocolate and single malt whisky. So many years ago, discovering single malt whisky marked the start of my journey in the world of fine flavors. Years later on, origin chocolate…

Review: Darcis – Pérou 72 % (**1/2)

The Creator: Belgian chocolate is on the move. Where most Belgian chocolate used to be made by two big industrial manufacturers, we see a steady stream of new chocolate makers rising who decide to take matters in their own hands. People who know there is more to cocoa than the generic flavor we get in…

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: Raaka Chocolate – Cabernet Sauvignon Peru 68% (****)

The Creator: Chocolate. Heart warming. Surprising flavor notes. Always good for wonderful new discoveries. Dark origin chocolate has captured my attention for years now and it is still as fresh and exciting as the day I discovered it. I’m mad about a well made bar of pure chocolate. I’ve never been a fan of inclusions,…

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…

Coup De Chocolat – Launch event

On Friday the 10th of November, Belgium officially has a new fine chocolate maker. Amongst only a few artisan creators in this country, Coup De Chocolat launched their first bar. The company has been started by Isabelle Quirynen and Tom Geens share a passion for real chocolate. Fueled by several trips to plantations, meeting cocoa…

Review: Cacaosuyo – Lakuna 70% (**** 1/2)

It’s funny how things can work out. I’ve reviewed this chocolate a week ago, did the photography, the tasting session and sat down to write my new article. All I needed to do was to publish it on my blog. But due to a very busy family life, I didn’t get around to it before…