August 1, 2006
I realize this too; the French and Italian undeniably make excellent chocolate, and I won't dispute that. I also find it interesting as to which chocolates are available in certain regions. For example, you guys in Europe find Amedei and Domori much easier than I do in America. In fact, I can only order these brands online; I can't just walk into a store and buy them like a lot of you. If I saw Amedei in a store, I would buy the whole lot right there, assuming the bars were in proper storage, of course.
October 10, 2003
Proper storage is certainly an issue here. Ordering online is actually a bigger problem if the chocolate isn't properly wrapped. It was all but a relief to learn that the room temperature at the post office was 24C. It is kind of interesting to note that among the shops in my town it is only the Amedei provider who is aware of storage problems. It is quite concerning, but so far I haven't found any damage on the bars I've bought. I guess I would change my shopping habits if this changes to the worse.
April 29, 2004
i agree that we here in europe have better access to some brands. but it takes some searching. i just recently found two shops here in munich. one has a good selection of amedei, the other a very limited selection of domori (only green and puro; at least in the summer time. in september they apparently stock puertomar, etc.). cluizel and valrhona are quite easy to get here. slitti i had to order per mail and marcolini, scharffen berger and co. i had never set my eyes on before finding them here at seventypercent.com.
the rovira i recently bought: that was a temporary stock. and my domori i have to have a friend bring me from berlin until i can get it here.
i am not a fan of ordering by mail though my slitti shipment was excellently packaged and handled.
the shops i found here have air conditioning and keep the products at the right temperature. one closes in august because of the heat and the other just simply won't have any domori, for instance, in the hotter summer months. if they can survive that way i think it's good proof that they are interested in quality, which makes me happy as a customer.