Review: El Rey – Caoba Milk Chocolate 41% (***1/2)

The Creator: The world of bean-to-bar chocolate makers includes a lot of small scale companies who produce wonderful bars with just a few dedicated people. On the other hand, there are also those who grew a large scale operation, without loosing the idea of making good chocolate from quality cocoa. El Rey is a company…

Review: Cédric De Taeye – Venezuela Ocumare 76% – 2016 Harvest (****)

  Cédric De Taeye was featured on this site before with his wonderful Madagascar bar. Based in Ellezelles – Belgium, Cédric creates a very interesting array of origin chocolates, both in milk or dark versions. He is passionate about flavors and is always keen on showing you the amazing notes real chocolate can bring. With…

Review: Willie’s Cacao – El Blanco, Venezuela (***1/2)

The Creator: As the sun blasted its rays right in my eyes, I pushed my hat a little lower. A quick glance at the town’s clock, before focusing again on the man in front of me. Dressed all in white. My mind raced through the events of the past days. How people warned, not to…

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: Ara Chocolat – Guasare 72% – 48 h & 72 h fermentation

The Creator: Making chocolate is an art. Artisan small batch chocolate makers create the lucious dark bars we all love so much from scratch. They start with roasting cocoa beans, crack them into nibs and winnow the lose shell. Next, the nibs are ground them into a cocoa mass. Finally, by conching this mass, the…

Review: Tibor Szántó – Venezuela Porcelana 70% (****)

The Creator Tibor Szántó is a Hungarian chocolate maker who started from a fine wine background. As a professional wine educator, Tibor visited Italy and discovered the art of chocolate making. When returning home, he was surprised no such chocolatiers existed in his home land. It soon became clear that chocolate making turned from interest…

Review: Soma Chocolate – Dancing In Your Head 70% (****)

Blend…. a word which is rare on this blog. Ever since I started reviewing quality chocolate, I focused on Single Origin bars. Using cacao for a single country, region or even plantation. Today we experience a bar created with cacao from 4 distinct regions, all over the world. Venezuela (El Vigia), known for its refined…

Review: Idilio Origins – Chuao 72% (****1/2)

Chuao… if there is a single word that grasps the attention of real chocolate lovers, there you have it. Chuao, a little village in Venezuela. The origin region producing the finest Criollo cacao around. The crème the la crème! Many chocolatiers create a bar with cacao from this region. Today we have a Swiss bar…

Review: Rogue Chocolatier – Rio Caribe 70% (***1/2)

Another grey and dull sunday morning. After several days of sunny weather, my mood needs to be lifted up. What better way than to check this bar by Roque Chocolatier I received from a fellow chocolate enthusiast?   Rogue is a small-batch artisan chocolate maker from Three Rivers, Massachusetts – USA. If you are into…