donderdag 15 december 2016

Voor de mensen die graag het feestmenu afsluiten met een mooie kerststronk...

Voor de Kerst en Nieuwjaar kan je hier enkele aanraders vinden, maar een totale lijst zal ik niet plaatsen. De reden is eenvoudig, ik zal meer hebben dan de vorige jaren omdat ik niet enkel Kerstbuches en eindejaarstaarten meer zal maken, om meerdere mensen tevreden te stellen.

Voor de mensen die graag het feestmenu afsluiten met een mooie kerststronk dan kan ik alvast volgende drie voorstellen:

1/ Mousse van framboos, interieur van mango en panna cotta van vanille en een cacaobiscuit met cranberries (eventueel met een vanillesaus of coulis framboos).

2/ Mousse van chocolade Arriba 72%, interieur van Costa Rica 40% melkchocolade, cremeux van gezouten caramel en een zacht chocoladebiscuit. (evt. met vanillesaus).

3/ Mousse van chocolade Maracaïbo 65% (gold medal for best chocolate in the world), interieur van gianduja en krokant met zacht chocoladebiscuit. (evt.vanillesaus).

Ijstaart: vanille-ijs in combinatie met framboossorbet en meringue of vanille-ijs met chocoladeparfait en meringue. Serveren met caramel-, chocoladesaus of coulis.

De glaçe is per halve liter ook in veel smaken te verkrijgen.

Verder zoals reeds aangegeven zal ik ook gebakken vruchtentaart blijven maken: abrikoos, pruim, perzik, nectarine, appel of peer.

Dit jaar geen aarbeien- of frambozentaart wel ananas, sinaasappel op bladerdeeg met een anglaisecrème onder het fruit en afgewerkt met bramen en rode bessen.

Natuurlijk zijn er onze Selecties Eindejaars Pralines Experiences in the world of fine chocolate, Geert Vercruysse Selection tot ver in het buitenland gekend.
Het assortiment macarons, per twaalf stuks, de dessertkoekjes en ook terug zijn de parmesankaaskoekjes na aanvraag van verschillende klanten.

Het assortiment chocoladetabletten is onuitputtelijk en steeds weer verrassend nieuw en als geschenk onovertroffen: “Chocolate is amazing in many ways, and being an amazing gift is one of them!”
Chocolate Covered Goods - Emotion Capsules

Handmade, wrapped with love and care in a silk paper and set in a Gift Box. 
100g of sour and juicy joys! 

TIP: Nieuw zijn de elektronische geschenkbonnen, die je je familie, vrienden of relatiekennissen cadeau kan doen wat leuk is voor beiden.

Voor speciale bestelling gelieve toch één week op voorhand ons eens te contacteren.

De openingsuren zijn vrij eenvoudig: vrijdag, zaterdag en zondag van 7u30′ tot 18u30′.

woensdag 23 november 2016

Letterpress Los Angeles Craft Chocolate.

Founded in 2014, LetterPress Chocolate is a small batch bean to bar chocolate company which features single-origin, and in many cases single-project cacao from around the world. There goal is to forge direct relationships with farmers and co-ops who feature truly exceptional cacao, to pay a premium and help raise the quality of life.

Good to know:
Why LetterPress?
We love the handcrafted feel of letterpress printing and are docents at the Internatonal Printing Museum in Carson, CA – the largest print museum in the world. We’ve been very fortunate to train under veteran graphic designers and letterpress printers since we started volunteering there. We found that chocolate making and letterpress printing are our two passions that can work together in similar ways. Hence the name.

We love chocolate.
But we don’t love how most chocolate tastes the same – artificial, full of sugar and vanillin. We want you to experience the subtle differences in each region we work with, like coffee or wine. To that end, we source and roast cacao beans that are truly exceptional – not only in flavor, but featuring a truly ethical, sustainable supply chain. We travel to meet farmers in person at the source – Peru, Guatemala, Belize, Dominican Republic, and beyond. We’re always looking for new ways to help farmers and small co-ops out, and with us, you can help too! We pay a premium to the farmers to encourage them to keep growing fantastic, lower-yielding and delicate cacao, rather than tearing out and planting bulk over-productive commodity cacao or other crops. Cacao is the future. And LetterPress will help build it. We’ve begun the process of selecting farms we truly believe in – not just buying cacao, but actually investing with them and taking an active role in cultivation. Sending equipment and expertise on site, our goal is to make the best chocolate in the world, in a fully 
sustainable and transparent way.

New cacao fermentary with Asociación Ak’ Tenamit students at Izabal Agroforest in Guatemala (January 2016)

So this is one of the reasons we started to buy there chocolate bars, I want people to realise that a small batch bean to bar chocolate is not just a candy store sweet, but is real passion for the fruit and the people behind the cocoabeans.

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Available in Belgium Kortrijk 

L.A.'s Best Chocolate Comes From a Living Room in Beverlywood

dinsdag 22 november 2016

La Naya Chocolate: chocolate has deep roots with Incan and Mayan civilisation.

Chocolate has deep roots with Incan and Mayan civilisation. That is why the whole brand and story is based on a village of La Naya.

Far across the waters, surrounded by the glorious green mountains of Guatemala, washed by the warm summer rains and kissed by the bright sun, hides the precious jewel of nature - LA NAYA village. Only the sincere laughter and cheerful songs of playing kids and delicious aromas of cocoa, ripe berries and juicy fruits, crusty fresh home made bread and blooming flowers gives it away. This is the secret land full of surprises we found and we want to share the best of it with you.

Close your eyes for a moment.
All you should know now that with every single piece of chocolate we will take you to the place and time when your senses will be satisfied…

We welcome you to the land of unexpected.
We welcome you to LA NAYA.
La Naya Chocolate has 5 main flavours.

Emotional structure: satisfaction, pistachio, queen’s laughter, cocoa ribs, trip to the centre of the universe.

Emotional structure: buckwheat honey, soft wind, rye bread, days gone by.

Emotional structure: Easter morning in Vatican, orange fruit, sunlight, imminent victory, juniper.

Emotional structure: apocalypse, raspberries, pineapple, dead mountains, eternal flame.

Emotional structure: strawberries, chili, the journey of a tiger, cinnamon, songs of angels.

Chocolate Covered Goods - Emotion Capsules
Handmade, wrapped with love and care in a silk paper and set in a Gift Box. 
100g of sour and juicy joys! 

Put the chocolate bars together in a line - you will see an artwork reflecting everyday processes and mood of La Naya. People are working in fields, children playing around, ladies bringing harvest. Cut into 5 pieces - you will see 5 different compositions for each flavour. They have balance and look excellent both ways - in the whole artwork as well in small compositions. Moreover, sele
cted colours complement the concept, taste and mood. 

What's Unique?
Packaging is made out of one piece of paper and only few gluing parts. It is suitable for fast and comfortable packing. What is more, special chocolate bar was created to convey and supplement the concept. Main inspiration - Mountains, surrounding La Naya village.

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woensdag 16 november 2016

Pump Street Bakery seriously know their chocolate!

The chocolatiers at Suffolk’s Pump Street Bakery seriously know their stuff, and have the awards to prove it. Using single origin beans from Venezuela, Ecuador, Madagascar, Grenada, Jamaïca and Honduras, Pump Street offers high cocoa content chocolate as well as flavours influenced by their bakery, like the sourdough and sea salt bar and the rye crumb, milk, and sea salt. Find out more about Pump Street Bakery here.

Since a few weeks this wonderfull chocolate bars are available in Belgium on two different locations: 
In our shop in Kortrijk 

Images taken at patisserie Vercruysse Kortrijk Belgium
Printed handout for Pump Street Bakery Chocolate - taking you through the stages of the bean to bar process. Pump Street Bakery complete every step themselves in Suffolk.

dinsdag 8 november 2016

How does the fermentation process work on the cocoa bean and how long does it take?

How does the fermentation process work on the cocoa bean and how long does it take?

Fermentation can be carried out in a variety of ways, but all methods depend on removing the beans from the pods and heaping them together to allow micro-organisms to develop and initiate the fermentation of the pulp surrounding the beans.

On smallholdings, fermentation is usually done in heaps of beans enclosed by plantain or banana leaves. Heaps can be used to ferment any quantity from about 25kg to 2,500kg of cocoa beans. The fermentation usually lasts about five days and some farmers will mix the beans on the second or third day. Another smallholder method is to use baskets, lined and covered with leaves, to ferment the beans. Similarly, holes or small depressions in the ground can be used but this makes no provision for the juices to drain away.

In plantations or fermentaries, fermentation is normally carried out in large wooden boxes that typically hold 1 to 2 tonnes of beans. The boxes must have provision for the liquefied pulp to drain away and for entry of air. Boxes can measure 3ft to 5ft across and be 3ft deep, but shallow levels (10-20 inches) of beans are preferred to promote good aeration. The beans can be covered with banana leaves or sacking to conserve the heat generated during fermentation. Beans can be transferred from one box to another each day to ensure uniform fermentation and increase aeration. The boxes can be tiered to allow easy transfer of beans. Plantations usually ferment for a longer period than smallholders and 6 to 7 days is usual.

In some areas, where particularly acidic beans are produced, the beans are pressed prior to fermentation to reduce the amount of pulp and allow for better aeration of the beans and so reduce the acidity.

The fermentation process begins with the growth of micro-organisms. In particular, yeasts grow on the pulp surrounding the beans. Insects, such as the Drosophila melanogaster or vinegar-fly, are probably responsible for the transfer of micro-organisms to the heaps of beans. The yeasts convert the sugars in the pulp surrounding the beans to ethanol. Bacteria then start to oxidise the ethanol to acetic acid and then to carbon dioxide and water, producing more heat and raising the temperature. The pulp starts to break down and drain away during the second day. Lactic acid, which converts the alcohol to lactic acid in anaerobic conditions, is produced but, as the acetic acid more actively oxidises the alcohol to acetic acid, conditions become more aerobic and halt the activity of lactic acid. The temperature is raised to 40oC to 45oC during the first 48 hours of fermentation. In the remaining days, bacterial activity continues under increasing aeration conditions as the pulp drains away and the temperature is maintained. The process of turning or mixing the beans increases aeration and, consequently, bacterial activity. The acetic acid and high temperatures kill the cocoa bean by the second day. The death of the bean causes cell walls to break down and previously segregated substances to mix. This allows complex chemical changes to take place in the bean such as enzyme activity, oxidation and the breakdown of proteins into amino acids. These chemical reactions cause the chocolate flavour and colour to develop. The length of fermentation varies depending on the bean type, Forastero beans require about 5 days and Criollo beans 2-3 days.

Following fermentation the beans are dried. The oxidation reactions begun through fermentation continue during drying

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donderdag 20 oktober 2016


Taza is a pioneer in ethical cacao sourcing. They were the first U.S. chocolate maker to establish a third-party certified Direct Trade Cacao Certification program. Also they maintain direct relationships with our cacao farmers and pay a premium above the Fair Trade price for their cacao. Taza partner only with cacao producers who respect the rights of workers and the environment.

Cranberry Pumpkin Spice combines 70% dark stone ground chocolate with tart cranberries, warm pumpkin pie spices, and a wholesome crunch of pumpkin seeds. Limited edition, only available for the holiday season/while supplies last.

Maple Pecan, features fresh roasted pecans and a touch of maple paired with Taza's perfectly unrefined 70% dark chocolate. It will make chocolate lovers feel like they've been transported to a cozy cabin in the woods!

Ginger and cinnamon spice paired with the irresistible crunch of organic, gluten-free gingersnaps. Celebrate the season with bold stone ground chocolate that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted!


These products are certified USDA Organic, Direct Trade, Gluten Free and Kosher Pareve, and Non-GMO Project Verified. It is also dairy free, soy free, and vegan.


zaterdag 15 oktober 2016

Make the best chocolate I can.

My six month old cocoa tree

Make the best chocolate I can. These are the words of Ben Rasmussen and since he started he's doing it excellent good. I'm proud to have some of his awesome bars in our shop. When it should be succesfull I'm sure we could order more for our clients.

Great chocolate is a collaborative effort between cacao growers and chocolate makers,...we can bring a little more recognition home to cacao growers themselves. These are some lines I read on the website of Acalli and much more positive vibes...
We give it a try and we would be glad if we could convince our clients to buy this chocolate and tell us what they think of these recent started chocolate makers.

vrijdag 14 oktober 2016

Dick Taylor de meest gedetailleerde chocolade uit de VS.

Twee paar rechterhanden maken de meest gedetailleerde chocolade uit de VS.
Adam Dick en Dustin Taylor zijn echte ambachtslieden. Traditionele technieken, klassieke machines en een authentieke smaak. Dat is waar het in de kleine fabriek in Eureka (Californië) om draait. 
Het is bijna zonde een Dick Taylor reep te breken om het op te eten. Alle chocolade wordt gegoten in mallen met fijne tekeningen. Dat levert kleine kunstwerkjes op. In de fabriek worden de verpakkingen met een ouderwetse drukpers gemaakt. De verpakking zou je eigenlijk ook wel willen bewaren. Adam en Dustin begonnen ooit als botenmakers. In 2010 raakten ze geïnteresseerd in de wereld van chocolade. Wat hen trok in hout, trok ook in chocolade. Een ruwe plank hout bewerkten ze tot een opvallend meubel. Een cacaoboon veranderen ze in een bijzondere reep. Een Dick Taylor reep heeft niet meer nodig dan een boon met een unieke smaak en een bijpassende suiker. Adam en Dustin voegen geen extra cacaoboter, vanille of emulgators toe. Dick Taylor chocolade zit bomvol smaak. Houd je reep bij de hand (leg het naast de bank of op je bureau) en neem op verschillende momenten van de dag even een stukje. Zo zal elke keer dat je van de reep proeft een andere smaak opvallen. 

Eindelijk terug in ons assortiment:

Dick Taylor, ECUADOR 76%, Camino Verde 
2015 Academy of Chocolate Bronze Winner
Origine: Single Estate Camino Verde
Smaakprofiel (Aroma/Smaak/Finish): Aards / Geroosterde Noten & Cacao / Kruiden

Dick Taylor, BLACK FIG ON MADAGASCAR 72%, Sambirano 
Pure, rijke Californische ‘Black Mission’ vijgen gecombineerd met onze 72% Madagascar chocolade.
Origin: Single Estate Akesson Plantation
Smaakprofiel (Aroma/Smaak/Finish): Melasse / Sinaasappel / Rozijnen, Toast

Dick Taylor, GUATEMALA 70%, Lanquín 
Origine: Single Estate – Lanquin A.V.
Smaakprofiel (Aroma/Smaak/Finish): Plumeria / Bramen Perziktaart / Espresso

Dick Taylor, FLEUR DE SEL ON GUATEMALA 70%, Lanquin
Onze 70% Guatemalan chocolade gecombineerd met subtiele en delicate, hand geoogst Guatemalan zeezout door Bitterman Salt Co.

Dick Taylor, BELIZE 72%, Toledo 
2014 Good Food Award Winnaar
2015 Academy of Chocolate Winnaar & 2013 Northwest Chocolate Festival Winnaar Brons
Origine: Maya Mountain Cacao
Smaakprofiel (Aroma/Smaak/Finish): Gedroogde Pruim / Zure Kersen / Jasmijn

I was very grateful with the respons of Adam:

vrijdag 30 september 2016

What's the Difference Between Cocoa and Cacao?

As you probably know, studies have shown that cacao beans may have a number of health benefits. Through the marketing might of candy manufacturers, this research has been translated into a common belief that chocolate can be healthy for you. Should you start loading up on chocolate bars for health?
Not exactly.

Before we dive into the details, let's understand what we're talking about. Cacao and cocoa are often used interchangeably, but in the professional world, cacao is the unprocessed bean inside the fruit of the cacao tree (Theobroma Cacao). There are 20 to 40 cacao beans per fruit. Cocoa is simply the name for cacao that has undergone processing.

Fresh cacao beans are naturally rich in flavanols, a type of antioxidant. Flavanols are plant-derived nutrients found in foods like apples, tea, blueberries and especially cacao. The flavanols are what gives cacao beans a bitter flavor. Processing the beans to remove the bitterness, destroys much of the flavanols as well. More processing means less health benefits.

According to a study from the University of California, Davis, eating foods high in flavanols, like cocoa, may improve the health of people with coronary artery disease (the leading cause of death in many countries), improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Study participants consumed a cacao beverage twice a day for a month and compared to a control group that drank a beverage low in flavanols.
The Kuna people of Panama can drink up to 40 cups of cacao drink per week. A population study by researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that the Kuna people had very low rates of 4 common diseases: stroke, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes - less than 10 percent. They are also the longest living inhabitants of Panama and have not been shown to get dementia. Note that other factors may be at play: genetics and lifestyle.

Consuming raw cacao beans or powder would be more beneficial than processed cocoa powder or chocolate bars, especially since those can have added fats and sugars.

If you are looking for a tasty and healthy snack:
1. Chew on cacao nibs - these are simply small pieces of cacao beans.
2. Add raw cacao powder to smoothies and many other homemade foods and treats.