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TASTE

Taste lots of cacao! Several authors have written about the practice of tasting. See our book list for texts that offer tips on how to explore.

 

VISIT

Visit a local cacao producer, research center, or university and learn from them. Many offer tours or classes; some are even available for consulting or apprenticeship opportunities. See our list of links to locate one near you.

SHOP

Shop online or at a local chocolate shop.

 

The Academy of ChocolateGood Food Awards, and International Chocolate Awards all provide starting points for exploring fine chocolate. Each awards program has different criteria and judging protocols if you want to get geeky and explore the variety. Judge the products for yourself by tasting through a sampling of the finalists or winners. Beyond this, the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund certifies growers of high quality, flavor cacao, and companies working with this cacao produce bars that can be located for purchasing here.

ATTEND

CONNECT

Chocolate AlchemyThe Chocolate Life, and the Well Tempered Facebook group all provide online forums for discussion and are frequented by cacao producers.

STUDY

Consider attending FCCI’s 3-day Cacao Grader Intensive course.

 READ 

Every fine chocolate lover needs

to read at least two books:

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The True History

of Chocolate
by Sophie D. Coe

and Michael D. Coe

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Cocoa
by G.A.R. Wood

and R. A. Lass