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  • Oct 03

    Taste, Super-tasters, Flavour, Texture, and More

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    At Cocoa Runners, we’re obsessed with exploring taste and flavour, and sharing our thoughts an findings. We’ve written elsewhere about the relationship between taste and flavour, and how texture and astringency also play a role. But the flavour potential of craft chocolate is so vast, that there are always new things to explore. Do you […]

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  • Sep 14

    Bridge Bars

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    Craft chocolate can sometimes be a little daunting and overwhelming. Some consumers are reluctant to brave the unknown and try a bar made with beans from a place they’ve barely heard of and with a percentage that seems far higher than they are used to. To “bridge” this challenge, craft chocolate makers are crafting bars that […]

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  • Sep 14

    Pairing Beer & Chocolate

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    As with all our pairing guides, we want to do more than just recommend one or two pairings that might work for you. Instead, we’ll take you through a little history and comparison of the two industries, give you some basic principles for pairing, and offer some additional food for thought. In this article, we […]

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  • Sep 13

    ‘Cadbury Darkmilk’: The real deal? Or just a sham?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    “Everything in moderation”. Epicurus had it right. A little sugar in chocolate is to be welcomed. And a little milk can add creaminess and the impression of sweetness too. In craft chocolate, sugar is added to bring out the flavour of the cocoa bean. In the words of the esteemed Mrs Beeton (she of Victorian […]

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  • Feb 11

    Compare the Difference: Milk & Dark Chocolate

    By James  ·  Taste & Flavour

    See how the addition of milk changes a chocolate bar! These pairs of bars are all made by the same maker using the same beans – the only difference is the cocoa content and addition of milk. Notice the differences in texture and mouthfeel, and see how the sweetness of the milk changes the beans’ […]

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  • Sep 13

    Vintage Chocolate?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Taste & Flavour

    One of the great pleasures of single estate chocolate is the way that different makers and farmers can coax out so many flavours from their beans. It’s the antithesis of mass-produced chocolate, which aims to produce uniformity and consistency. The mass-produced chocolate found in supermarkets overlooks the rich potential that exists within its basic ingredients. […]

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  • Jul 15
    Perfect Pairings - Dark Chocolate and Red Wine

    Perfect Pairings – Dark Chocolate and Red Wine

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Taste & Flavour

    Craft chocolate is all about savouring the distinct flavours, textures and tastes that chocolate makers and cocoa growers can coax from their beans.   We believe this is best done in pairs. Try pairs of different craft chocolate bars together. Discuss and share impressions with friends and partners. And pair with other products to reveal unexpected differences. Read on […]

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  • Jul 05

    The Bliss Point in Craft Chocolate

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Taste & Flavour

    How chocolate “blisses” us out… The Bliss Point started with some work by scientist Harold Moskowitz in the 1950s on how to persuade American soldiers to finish their MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). In his research he discovered that humans both have a natural sense of satiety (they know when they’ve eaten enough) and that […]

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  • Mar 27

    Untangling Taste, Flavour, Texture and Mouthfeel (or, The difference between bitterness and astringency)

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Taste & Flavour

    INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES We’ve written this post with two objectives. The first is to help clarify a bunch of terms and descriptions which loosely fall under the heading of “taste”. We hope that this clarification will deepen your enjoyment and ability to engage with craft chocolate by helping you articulate, and therefore identify, those sensations […]

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  • Oct 30
    Chocolate and wine

    Chocolate & Wine

    By Angelica Ottaway  ·  Taste & Flavour

    There are many parallels between great chocolate and great wine.  For both you need great ingredients – the finest grapes or the finest beans.  For both, you need craftsmanship and time.  The end result are tastes and sensations that inspire, enthuse and tantalize. From the start of Cocoa Runners we’ve been keen to learn from […]

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