Monday, March 30, 2009

Cocoa Bella 2009

While we're patiently waiting for our industrial conche refiner to be repaired we took part in an annual benefit south of Nashville in Columbia, TN called Cocoa Bella that showcased different artisan chocolate from around the world. As the sponsor of the event we were on hand to talk about the how cocoa is harvested and fermented then the journey it makes once within our production facility - from roasting to tempering. We even brought a limited amount of our signature chocolate (64%) and the smaller lab equipment that we made it on so we could demonstrate some of the actual process in person. Other than our chocolate we were featured in a tasting along side the likes of Valrhona Guanaja 70% and Côte d’Or Noir de Noir 54%. There was also a milk chocolate tasting that featured Green & Black's 34%, a Sharffen Berger 41% and Michel Cluizel Mangaro 50%. We had a great time chatting with everyone and explaining exactly what it is we do. We also took the opportunity to introduce a chcolate tea that we've been tinkering on at our lab. It's mighty good!

In other news we are still in the process of getting our conche refiner fixed. We are quite close and will be up and running soon. We thank you for your patience!

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