Kristy Leissle – Myth-Busting African Chocolate Box


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    Kristy Leissle, chocolate scholar and founder of the Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana, will be joining us on the 25th of January from 6:00-7:30pm UK time to bust some of the myths surrounding West African chocolate.

    This specially curated box contains bars made from West African cocoa beans which we will use to illustrate some little-known facts about chocolate from this part of the world. Kristy has a wealth of knowledge to share with us on this topic

    This will be the first of a series of monthly tastings which aim to unpack much of the discourse surrounding West African cocoa.

    Our first tasting will focus on “myth-busting”,  specifically exploring many of the myths, misapprehension and confusion that surrounds Child Labour, Fair Trade and the supposedly limited flavour of cocoa fromWest Africa.  We’ll use five different bars (see below) to illustrate the challenges and opportunities of Cocoa and Chocolate in West Africa.

    The second tasting will guide you through the history of cocoa in Africa. Then for the third we’ll be addressing the issues you’d like to hear more about on top of the stuff we already have prepared from spirituality / religion and the environmental impacts of cocoa.

    The tastings will be hosted via Zoom and the chocolates are by no means mandatory and the sessions are free to attend, so join us – with or without the chocolate selection – to learn all about West African cocoa.

    Please note: We will be donating 10% of all sales to a Kristy’s charity, “EyeGlasses for Cocoa Growers” in Ghana (see here).


    1. Chocolarder – Kuapa Kokoo, Ghana 65% dark milk
    2. Ethereal – ABOCFA co-op, Ghana 70% dark chocolate
    3. Fresco – ABOCFA co-op, 260 Ghana, light roast subtle conch 68% (Cocoa Runners exclusive)
    4. Latitude – Semuliki, Uganda 70% dark (taster + full size)
    5. Latitude – Rwenzori, Uganda 80% dark (taster)
    6. Solstice – Ghana, 54% dark milk

    BONUS: you can purchase this kit with Kristy’s book Cocoa which offers a thoroughly researched, comprehensive overview of the cocoa industry – but this is optional!

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