December 19, 2010
I wonder if someone could enlighten me on the latest developments in the
field of expert evaluation of chocolate quality. Is there a
commission of recognized experts somewhere? What happened to the Academy
of chocolate - do they still give awards? What is the situation in
Europe or USA?
Your feedback would be most appreciated.
July 31, 2006
Thanks for your post. The Academy took a year off from the Awards last year (2010), because of the work involved. I'm not sure yet what the next dates will be though.
We are though working on our tasting scheme here at Seventypercent, based on the taste mapping work Alex Rast and I have been doing. It's quite a long process, but we have some new rating and profiling ideas that we will integrate into our reviews as soon as we can. These will give a unique new way of profiling chocolate and therefore assessing its - subjective - quality.
We already use some of these tools in our workshops if you want a preview - we're not quite ready yet to take them fully public, but look out for developments later in the year.