dinsdag 29 maart 2016

The blade used by cacao farmers...

The blade used by cacao farmers to cut fruit off of tall trees, including cacao and coconuts.

Picture thanks to Gringo Brian Horsley

maandag 28 maart 2016

Chocolate reflects the origin of the cocoa beans.


Just like a wine expert can recognize the grape, the region, and even the year of harvest by savouring wine, chocolate reflects the origin of the cocoa beans.

The aroma of cocoa is not only determined by natural factors,...





...but also by the transformation process and personal aspects.

donderdag 24 maart 2016

Organic Fair Trade


BIO EQUITABLE

Bio Equitable (of: Organic Fair Trade) garandeert zowel een biologisch product als een eerlijke prijs voor boeren in ontwikkelingslanden. Bio Equitable wordt onafhankelijk getoetst.

Deelnemende bedrijven zetten zich in voor opleiding van de arbeiders en verbetering van de technische en financiële omstandigheden. Qua eerlijke handel gelden eisen die gelijk zijn aan andere Fair trade-organisaties - aanvullend daarop moet 1 procent van de jaarlijkse omzet geïnvesteerd worden in sociale projecten in de dorpen van de producenten.

Betrouwbare controle

Eigenaar van het keurmerk is de organisatie Bio Partenaire. Het betreft een keurmerk met onafhankelijke, geaccrediteerde en dus betrouwbare controle.

Bio Equitable staat onder meer op sommige chocolademerken in de natuurvoedingswinkel. Kijk voor informatie op www.biopartenaire.com (Engels- en Franstalig).

Zegt iets over: grondstoffen.

Werken samen met cacaoboeren van de Dominicaanse Republiek, Ecuador en São Tomé-Principe die ze een zeker inkomen kan verzekeren (meer op de website hierboven).


vrijdag 18 maart 2016

VINTAGE Plantations - Norrland's first chocolate factory by Jenny Berg!


"Now it is finally here, my Norrländska chocolate, Plantations! A vintage chocolate where each harvest follows the natural nuances and flavor of the cocoa ". Jenny Berg, Norrland chocolate entrepreneur launched last year its own bean to bar chocolate, made on the spot at home in Umeå.

Jenny cooperating since 2008 with cooperatives in Ecuador (Nacional Cacao) and Peru (Criollocacao). They supply cocoa beans where together they adapted the fermentation process for precisely this unique chocolate. During production in Sweden added only raw sugar and Norrländska berries. 

The chocolate is fair to both farmers and consumers. Vintage Plantations therefore undergo a gentle manufacturing process from bean to chocolate bar. Growers receive fair pay and training among other fermentation. The packaging is environmentally friendly and designed by an artist who painted the Jennys own photos of cocoa plantation.




Vintage Plantations is type stoneground cacao and therefore has a coarser texture than traditional quality chocolate. The chocolate bars are available in cocoa contents of 65%, 75%, 85% and 100%. The flavored chocolate bars; Licorice, black currants, cranberries, Angelica and sweetened with raw cane sugar   Each contains 90 grams.

"I think all of us who like chocolate (and we are quite a few), can make the world better by choosing a chocolate that is good for us and also do good for the earth and the people who cultivated cocoa" . Jenny Berg.

Jenny BERG

Jenny has been Chocolate Jenny since 1993, when she went to England for a summer job at the chocolate factory John Bull. This factory visit, she still needed to update themselves on the latest in chocolate - and truffle production.

2006 Jenny met a Frenchman named Pierrick Chouard and the relationship to the cocoa was changed forever. He informed Jenny about the different cocoa varieties and the Indian life with the Arriba bean and magic behind the bean to bar production. Along with Martin Jorgensen from Scand Choco visited Jenny cocoa plantation in Ecuador during the summer of 2008. In the same year found Jenny even his own cocoa cooperatives to cooperate with Peru. Since then, several relationships with growers in South America and the Caribbean reprocessed and continuous development. Jenny travels to Ecuador with Ecuador's embassy in June 2016 to begin new exciting new cocoa projects.



Het originele persbericht kan je hier vinden: VINTAGE PLANTATIONS - Norrlands första chokladfabrik by Jenny Berg!

Met dank aan Ann-Sofie Malmgren die mij deze chocolade heeft toegezonden.

zondag 13 maart 2016

Happy rabbit, Chicken egg & coloured chicken.




Gianduja hazelnoot en cacaonibs
Praliné hazelnoot-praliné pistache krokant
Ganache van 45% Casa Luker 
happy rabbit
chicken egg

vrijdag 11 maart 2016

Chchukululu, dit moet Ecuador zijn.


La Gran Dama del Chocolate Ecuarotiana. In 2004 was het Lourdes Delgado die voor het eerst in Ecuador kwaliteitschocolade maakte van de arriba cacaobonen. Maar ze doet meer: ze promoot de Ecuadoriaanse chocolade in binnen- en buitenland en met de opbrengst van haar merk Chchukululu helpt ze lokale boeren.

Chchukululu, ‘Singing Bird’, in Kichwa-Aymara, was the first fine bar made in Ecuador in 2004. It is produced with Cacao Nacional that grows along the Arriba Zone, comprising the Provinces of Manabí, Guayas and Los Ríos, where hundred years old trees have preserved the genetic characteristics of this Unique Heritage Cacao.

Lourdes Delgado y su pasión por el cacao fino





deze chocolade zijn te koop te Kortrijk in onze winkel www.patisserievercruysse.be




woensdag 9 maart 2016

Visiting cacaofarmers in Ecuador.





















pictures received from a friend who took them on holiday in Ecuador.