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Pacari – Los Rios

Bars made from Ecuador’s nacional variety have always been typified by dark strong roasts that tended to dominate all other flavour notes. While in Ecuador itself, the local idea of the flavour of nacional – otherwi...
by Martin Christy
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Hotel Chocolat – Chuao – Martin Christy

You wait five years for a new Chuao bar to come along, and suddenly there’s not even three at once, but a whole plethora. Now that this most famous and highly touted of Venezuela’s origins is being freely traded, al...
by Martin Christy
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Hotel Chocolat – Chuao

Venezuela's finest hits the British High Street. A pretty good attempt that's intense rather than delicate. Lacking vanilla, just a little more sweetness could have helped this have more balance.
by Martin Christy
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The Chuao cacao cave (also known at the production office)

Amano Chuao

The bloggers and twitterati have been buzzing recently, fuelled by Amano's 'guess the origin' competition. A new Amano origin chocolate bar is interesting news enough, but rumours and guesses about a rather famous source have h...
by Martin Christy
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Tuscan chocolate taster

A visit to Florence to discuss the upcoming ChocoAndino event in Colombia with Monica Meschini had been on the cards for a while. Icelandic ash had been getting in the way, but finally last week I managed to make a short tri...
by Martin Christy
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Chocolate carnage with Louise Thomas, Dom Ramsey and Jennifer Earle

First Connoisseurs Club tasting

Last week saw the first of our new 'Connoisseurs Club' get togethers at our regular monthly tasting venue, the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Our new advanced format was a chance to let our hair down a little and pull the new, ...
by Martin Christy
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