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Directly Traded collection from Geert Vercruysse

Belgian chocolatier Geert Vercruysse creates a unique collection of ganaches using directly traded chocolate, just in time for the birth of new industry organisation, Direct Cacao.
by Martin Christy
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Elizabeth Shaw crunchy selection

Elizabeth Shaw – all crunched up

Mint may be in the air, but not in the ingredients list, in an off-beat review of a British lower-mid market 'classic'. Warning: low percentage chocolate will be discussed!
by Martin Christy
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Bonnat – Apotequil – Martin Christy review

Bonnat cautiously labels this bar “Variété Porcelana” – note the speech marks. Porcelana is a Venezuelan criollo varietal, and though there is white-beaned cacao in Peru, similar in this respect to the Venez...
by Martin Christy
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Valrhona – El Pedregal – Martin Christy

The colour is as you’d expect from Valrhona, medium brown with hints of burgundy. We know that porcelana can look lighter than this though, so we can guess at a medium roast. Aroma is nuts, tobacco, spice, overlain with ...
by Martin Christy
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Chapon – Chuao – Martin Christy review

When first out of the packet, the aroma is very cheesy, something like a blue bree. After airing a little there is dark tobacco, polished mahogany and a hint of lit matches, which is perhaps an indicator of things to come. On t...
by Martin Christy
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Chapon – Chuao

A Pralus made bar, sold in handy zip-seal packaging by Chapon under their own brand. Like many of the new bars of Chuao coming onto the market, Chapon describe Chuao as ‘criollo’. (See the Manufacturers information ...
by Martin Christy
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