Review: Mi Joya – Cameroon 72% (****)

The Creator: Ah, autumn. The days are getting shorter, leaves and temperatures start dropping. Time to meet up with my old pall chocolate. It has been some time since I last had a chance to sit down to do a proper tasting. Opening my storage box I’m welcomed by amazing smells, exciting end yet so…

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 – Tumaco Colombia 70% – 2016 Harvest (****1/2)

The Creator: Thibaut Legast is a passionate chocolate maker who first started working with the dark gold at the age of 15 in the family chocolate shop. Today he is at the helm of his operation and became a real chocolate maker by going bean-to-bar. Based in Braine-Le-Compte, situated in the Hainaut province, Thibaut works…

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 ratings

So I see you put stars everywhere, that’s really nice and all, but what do they really mean? (*****) – Simply devine chocolate. The best of the best! A rare find. (****) – A perfect bar! Remarkable tastes and textures. Truely a fine chocolate! (***) – a really interesting bar. Well worth the try, though…

Review: Mi Joya – Venezuela Ocumare 70% + Cuba Baracoa 72%

The Creator: In the beginning of 2015, I met with Nicolas de Schaetzen. We both were members of the International Chocolate Awards Belgium round. Later that year, Nicolas sent me some samples of a Cuba chocolate he was creating. He requested my opinion on the bar and awaited the results with a lot of anticipation….

Where to find it: Chocoladeverkopers.nl

As I’ve noticed in the stats of my website, beantobar.be sees quiet a few visitors from the Netherlands. Holland has a strong tradition in fine chocolate, as it is home to the yearly Origin Chocolate Event and Chocoa shows, has Amsterdam as the biggest cocoa harbour of Europe and has quiet a few shops who…

Tasting: Introduction to bean to bar chocolate

On saturday the 19th of November, I had the honour of organising a tasting for a friends club. 15 people attended my introduction to bean to bar chocolate. As always, quiet a few people were surprised by the chocolate itself and wondered why they hadn’t heared about this type of chocolate before. The line up…

The Origin Chocolate Event 2016 – a day full of chocolate in Amsterdam

Every year, Amsterdam become the fine chocolate hotspot for one day. In October the Origin Chocolate Event is held in the wonderful setting of the tropical institute. Its colonial architecture creates a stunning backdrop for a gathering of chocolate makers, chocolate sellers and chocolate lovers. In the central marble hall, 18 companies present their products….