Jenny Linford has been a long time supporter of Cocoa Runners, and the wider craft chocolate movement.  We were so excited when she first told us that she was working on a book that would help to lift the lid on the role of time in creating food.  We are totally aligned with Jenny in our belief that time makes a phenomenal difference in the crafting of the finest single origin chocolate bars.  Where mass produced bars are made in a matter of hours, the bars we celebrate at Cocoa Runners take days, weeks and months to craft and age before they are ready for you.

The Missing Ingredient is about what makes good food, and the first book to consider the intrinsic yet often forgotten role of time in creating flavour.  Written through a series of encounters with ingredients, producers, cooks, shopkeepers and chefs, exploring everything from the brief period in which sugar caramelises, the days required in the crucial process of fermentation in so many foods we love, to the months of slow ripening and close attention that makes a great cheddar o the years needed for certain wines to reach their peak, Jenny Linford shows how, time and again, time itself is the invisible ingredient.  Linford shows how paying attention to time in the kitchen and elsewhere improves our food, from the patient browning of mean to the long investment of many food producers in fields and storehouses around the world  The result is a joyful account of the vital role of time in our culinary lives, and book to savour.

This gift is presented in a large Cocoa Runners gift box, and contains a copy of The Missing Ingredient and eight different chocolates for you to enjoy.  There is also a Cocoa Runners tasting book for you to record your tasting notes as you go.,

Inside the Box:

Jenny Linford has been a long time supporter of Cocoa Runners, and the wider craft chocolate movement.  We were so excited when she first told us that she was working on a book that would help to lift the lid on the role of time in creating food.  We are totally aligned with Jenny in our belief that time makes a phenomenal difference in the crafting of the finest single origin chocolate bars.  Where mass produced bars are made in a matter of hours, the bars we celebrate at Cocoa Runners take days, weeks and months to craft and age before they are ready for you.

The Missing Ingredient is about what makes good food, and the first book to consider the intrinsic yet often forgotten role of time in creating flavour.  Written through a series of encounters with ingredients, producers, cooks, shopkeepers and chefs, exploring everything from the brief period in which sugar caramelises, the days required in the crucial process of fermentation in so many foods we love, to the months of slow ripening and close attention that makes a great cheddar o the years needed for certain wines to reach their peak, Jenny Linford shows how, time and again, time itself is the invisible ingredient.  Linford shows how paying attention to time in the kitchen and elsewhere improves our food, from the patient browning of mean to the long investment of many food producers in fields and storehouses around the world  The result is a joyful account of the vital role of time in our culinary lives, and book to savour.

This gift contains a copy of The Missing Ingredient and seven taster sized bars for you to enjoy.  There is also a Cocoa Runners tasting book for you to record your tasting notes as you go.,

Inside the Box:

This May, we are collaborating with Canopy Market, the weekly independent market at King’s Cross, to host a one-off celebration of all things cocoa for a weekend of total sensory pleasure. From the 11th – 13th of May, Canopy will host a dedicated chocolate market packed with the best craft chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations, all under the market’s beautifully restored Victorian glass and steel roof.

With a focus on bean-to-bar producers, visitors will be able to try rare, single-origin chocolates and meet the international chocolate specialists themselves, some of whom are bringing their wares to Canopy Market all the way from South America. The line-up, curated by Cocoa Runners, purveyors of the world’s finest craft chocolate, will include the award-winning Pump Street Bakery, who hand-make small batch chocolate in Orford and from Caracas, Venezuela (one of the world’s most famous growing regions and considered the cradle and homeland of cocoa itself), Franceschi Chocolate will bring their rescued heritage Criollo and Trinitario cacao varieties to London.  Former Formula 1 engineer Duffy will be bringing his internationally renowned craft chocolate bars from Lincolnshire.

True cocoa aficionados and chocolate lovers will also be able to discover and enjoy rare and unusual filled chocolates crafted from single origin cacao and raw cocoa nibs, the crushed cacao bean and the very best, velvety drinking chocolate.

A series of chocolate tastings led by the chocolate producers themselves will give visitors the opportunity to learn about and try a range of chocolate, as well as explore its versatility with sessions on themes such as chocolate and beer and chocolate and wine pairings. Jenny Linford will be speaking about the role played by time as The Missing Ingredient in craft chocolate.  Matt Lindley will be speaking about craft chocolate makers in the UK and his new book, Bean to Bar Britain, while Ruth Spivvy, Founder of Wine Car Boot will be hosting a chocolate and wine pairing session.  Brett Beach from MIA will be speaking about the opportunities (and challenges!) of crafting chocolate at origin and Pablo Spaull will be leading us on a chocolate meditation.

Access to the festival is free of charge, and you can buy tickets to any presentation (priced from £5) at Cocoa Runners on Eventbrite.

Craft Chocolate Stall Holders
Aztec Gold (Friday only)
Chocolarder
Dormouse (Saturday & Sunday)
Duffy’s Red Star
Forever Cacao (Friday only)
Franceschi
JCocoa
JK Fine Chocolates
MIA
Pump Street Chocolate
Tosier

Cocoa Runners and the IICCT will also have stalls across the weekend.  The chocolate special will take part alongside the regular market, featuring street food from Arancini Bros, Growlers and The Big MELT, a craft beer bar, English Wine and Italian Natural wines, artisan food producers and craft traders including Earl of East London’s hand-poured scented candles, unique handmade jewellery from Nabi London and Turkish hammam towels at Pur London.