• 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 11

    Thankful for Canada!

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings, The World of Chocolate

    This week at Cocoa Runners we’re all about Canada! This Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, and we here at Cocoa Runners are certainly thankful for a lot that comes out of Canada. Any list of the world’s greatest Craft Chocolate makers will include the likes of SOMA, Palette De Bine, Qantu, Sirene and DesBarres (and some […]

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  • Jul 26

    Introducing Soklet and Explaining the Importance of Dal in Craft Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Makers, The World of Chocolate

    India doesn’t immediately spring to mind when one thinks of craft chocolate. Yet. But this is unfair and a misconception. Firstly, Indian culinary technology underpins the explosion of craft chocolate making over the last twenty years. Secondly more and more craft chocolate makers are exploring fine quality, heirloom cocoa varietals from India.  And thirdly India […]

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  • Mar 15

    Jenny Samaniego – Crafting small-batch chocolate in Ecuador

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Craft chocolate requires great beans that are carefully grown, fermented and dried by the farmer.  And then they require meticulous roasting, winnowing, grinding, conching and tempering in small batches by artisan chocolate makers.  Most other crafts – beer, wine, coffee, etc. – follow a similar pattern of farmer and maker working together (and/or being the […]

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  • Mar 01

    Chequessett Chocolate

    By James  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Next weekend, 6-8 March, we will be at the San Francisco Craft Chocolate Experience. We are so excited to be there, and if any of you are in the area and want to come say hi, fantastic! Among the makers will be a number of Cocoa Runners stalwarts – including the alluringly alliterative “Cape Cod […]

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  • Feb 23

    Taste, Tosier, and Tradition

    By James  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Tosier chocolate, the creation of Deanna Tilston, offers both an education for your taste buds and an inside look at chocolate history. Deanna currently sources her beans from four different estates and co-operatives: in Belize, Haiti, Bolivia and Colombia. Tosier focuses on crafting classic 70% bars in delicate and thin moulds.  These moulds, combined with […]

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  • Apr 23

    Craft Chocolate Takeover of Canopy Market

    By Elizabeth  ·  Uncategorized

    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, […]

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