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Interview: Jan Schubert, Conservation Leader at Original Beans Chocolate

“I would say… for the farmers we’re working with, [for] eighty percent of them cacao is the most important income solution, but for zero percent it’s their only income.” -Jan Schubert, Conservation Leader at Original Beans Chocolate Jan Schubert works in the cocoa industry in Latin America, largely in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. Focusing on …

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Millennials in Chocolate Around the World: 35 Under 35

Not all chocolate is made in a factory, and not all the Willy Wonkas of the world are old white men. Some of them don’t even make chocolate. So who are these mysterious Charlie Buckets, who barely remember a world before “fine chocolate” and “cacao” were just basic vocabulary? With so many stories out there …

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Why Travel For Chocolate?

For some people (like yours truly), finding amazing chocolate in surprising places is reason enough to travel. But traveling for chocolate is not as simple as going to a different country to buy a Cadbury cream egg. In fact, despite the name, chocolate travel doesn’t always involve going to another country at all. Sometimes it just means having …

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17 Surprising Chocolate Travel Destinations Around The World

Not everyone can afford to make it to Paris, but most everyone has an ongoing (and at times unhealthy) relationship with chocolate. Mine started long before I can even remember, and shows no signs of stopping. Unfortunately, my next Paris getaway is taking a backseat at the moment, while my next chocolate trip is constantly …

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Ecuador Travel Tips: 29 Things to Know Before You Visit

Unsurprisingly, my friends who told me that I would fall in love with Ecuador were right. At the time I wrote this I was sitting in the Quito airport, mentally preparing to leave the remarkable country of Ecuador, and readying for a whole new culture shock in Peru. Though my suitcase was packed, underweight, and …

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All About Cacao Pulp: Where to Find Cacao Liquor Around the World

I’ll never forget my first taste of fresh cacao, sour and floral and so much sweeter than I had anticipated. I was so surprised at the bitterness that leaked out when I bit down, that I nearly spit it out. I’d been reviewing bean-to-bar chocolates alone for years, but had never consumed any form of raw …

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Cacao Brands: The Next Big Chocolate Trend

Cacao has carved out a variety of unique identities. It didn’t happen overnight, and in fact, the idea has been floating around the industry for several years now. But without a long history of unique origin (like in wine), or strong public knowledge (like in coffee), the cacao community has been slow to designate nomenclature for …

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How Growing Craft Chocolate Changes The World

Do you know the lifespan of your taste buds? They’re the little bumpy bits protruding from the surface of your tongue. You use them every day; it might seem like they grow with you. But they actually only stick around for about 10-14 days before they slough off to forge a new life down the …

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