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  • Jun 08

    Chocolate’s Dark History – and the importance of Transparent, Direct Trade

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Site News, The World of Chocolate

    Craft Chocolate provides an amazing insight into flavour and is truly one of the most “affordable” luxuries to savour.  At the same time there is a darker history to chocolate’s affordability that shouldn’t be ignored, least of all in today’s troubling times.  By treating chocolate as a mere commodity and by buying chocolate snacks primarily off […]

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  • May 02

    Rant On Raw Chocolate

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  The Science of Chocolate, The World of Chocolate

    We passionately believe that small batch, single estate craft chocolate tastes better, is better for you and is better for cocoa farmers and indeed the planet. It’s made with high quality, simple ingredients (often just cocoa beans and some sugar) and it’s a treat where a few squares are brilliantly satisfying. Artisan makers work directly […]

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  • Mar 26

    What can craft chocolate learn from speciality coffee, craft beer and other craft movements?

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  The World of Chocolate

    After a couple of years being based in Farringdon, we’ve moved our London office to Old Street. We are now even closer to Borough Market and Shoreditch – and the achingly “cool” environment where so many craft movements have incubated and blossomed. James Hoffman set up his Penny University for filter coffee here over a […]

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  • Jan 09
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    How To Taste Chocolate

    By Angelica Ottaway  ·  The World of Chocolate

    We believe chocolate and wine have a lot in common. As with the finest wines, in order to really get the best out of our craft bars you need to know how to taste chocolate properly. It’s not just about  satisfying your sweet tooth, but uncovering the complex flavours of the cocoa beans that have […]

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  • Jul 14

    Vive La France! A Celebration of French Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    There’s only one way we at Cocoa Runners could celebrate Bastille Day and that’s with some decadently delicious French chocolate. We’ve created a special collection just for the occasion, stuffed with some of the best craft chocolate bars from l’Hexagone. As we you dig in to these truly exceptional bars we thought we’d take a […]

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  • Apr 29
    Kokoa Kamili

    Kokoa Kamili: Coaxing the Best from Tanzanian Cacao

    By angelica Ottaway  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Recently we’ve seen a number of great bars using beans from Tanzania. In the last couple of months alone, both Omnom and Damson have released two new bars made with beans from the African nation. Both makers are using beans sourced from Kokoa Kamili. Based in the Kilombero Valley of Tanzania, Kokoa Kamili are dedicated […]

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  • Feb 29
    Fairtrade

    Beyond Fairtrade

    By Angelica Ottaway  ·  The World of Chocolate

    As Fairtrade fortnight begins, we want to take a moment and talk about what Fairtrade means to us at Cocoa Runners. One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘Is your chocolate Fairtrade?’ The answer to this is not as simple as it may seem. Some of our bars are certified some are […]

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  • Aug 06
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    Menakao and Chocolat Madagascar: Sustainable Chocolate Production in Madagascar

    By Angelica Ottaway  ·  The World of Chocolate

    One of the most common questions we get asked is ‘Is your chocolate Fairtrade’. While this seems like a yes or no question there really is no simple answer. We stock an ever-increasing number of craft chocolate makers: some are certified Fairtrade and some aren’t. But just because they don’t have the Fairtrade certification doesn’t […]

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