• Nov 26

    Making a difference this Black Friday

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Site News

    This Black Friday, we’re resurrecting our “Chocs for Docs” scheme, which allows you to show your appreciation for frontline workers in the NHS. What’s more, on Sunday we’ll be donating 5% of our sales to this cause. This is instead of offering “yet another Black Friday offer”. We think that many of the problems in […]

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  • Nov 22

    Colombia, Cocoa, Cheese, and Thanksgiving

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Next Thursday is Thanksgiving in the US.  So we’d like to start by wishing all our American readers a happy holiday and suggest you celebrate with some Craft Chocolate, potentially with a Colombian twist: hot chocolate with cheese rather than marshmallows. In a last ditch effort to resist switching to Christmas shopping, we are exploring Colombian […]

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  • Nov 20

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation with Philipp Kauffmann

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    On this evening we’ll be joined by Original Beans founder, Philipp Kauffmann. Former conservationist at the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations, Philipp started his chocolate-making venture with the focus on protecting farmers, the rainforest, and thousands of endangered species. All through the means of incredibly delicious and sustainably sourced cacao. Philipp’s chocolate kit […]

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  • Nov 15

    Peruvian Chocolate and the Coca Leaf

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Christmas, Black Friday and the like still aren’t quite “here” (although John Lewis’s Xmas ad is just breaking ….).  So this week we are going to be exploring cocoa bars, beans and drinking chocolate from Peru. The Peruvian jungle (along with Ecuador’s) is where Theobroma Cacao (aka the cocoa tree) is believed to have first […]

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  • Nov 08

    Attack of the Clones – Join the Craft Chocolate Revolution

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    We’ve just celebrated “Bonfire Night” in the UK, and so we are now officially in the run up to Christmas, with Black Friday as a commercial interlude. But fear not.  Our blog posts aren’t going to suddenly switch to hard selling you boxes of bars, bottles and beans for Christmas.  And, spoiler alert, we won’t […]

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  • Nov 01

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation with James Hoffmann

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    James Hoffmann, co-founder of Square Mile Coffee Roasters, author of The World Atlas of Coffee, YouTube sensation, World Barista Champion, Prufrock Coffee, to name just a few items of his work… is also a craft chocolate aficionado and a dear friend of Cocoa Runners. During this Craft Chocolate in Conversation with James, we’ll take a deep dive into some of […]

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  • Nov 01

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation with Barry Smith

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    Barry Smith is a professor of philosophy and directs the Institute of Philosophy at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. He is also the founding director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists and neuroscientists. A philosopher of language and mind, his current research […]

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  • Oct 30

    Advent Calendar and US Presidential election

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Uncategorized

    Next week, as I’m sure you are aware is the US Presidential Election.  And we are also putting on sale our Craft Chocolate Advent Calendar.  These two events are linked.  Read on below for the history of Advent Calendars to explore the link (it’s not that tenuous) and an overview of our Craft Chocolate Advent* […]

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  • Oct 25

    Welcome to NearyNogs – our first Northern Irish maker

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Makers

    Which Northern Irish county is famous for: Being the birthplace of Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum, inventor of making drinking chocolate with milk, and Royal Physician to the crown? Having the highest mountains in Northern Ireland (the Mourne Mountains)? Being the home, and birthplace, of the father of the Brontë family (Patrick – father […]

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  • Oct 18

    Cooking and Baking with Craft Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Products, Recipes

    This week over a third of people watching TV (an estimated 6.9m people) tuned into the Great British Bake Off’s “Chocolate Week”.  To put this in context, around one in five Brits eat chocolate every day, over 70% of us eat chocolate at least once a week, and over 15% of households in the UK […]

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