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Specialty Chocolate: Cultivating Gems

Specialty Chocolate: Cultivating Gems

Discovering Gems We were elated to hear the news about another designation site selected by the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP) a few weeks back. It reminded us of our very own heirloom designated cooperative here in Ecuador.  The desire to promote specialty cacao and chocolate in this ind...
Conexión Chocolate Couvertures

In a Chocolate Matrix... Eat the Red Pill.

There is a sense of ecstasy every time the chocolate dispenser doses out another 72 delicious chocolate discs. It's like watching the final gems being set in an intricate pendant. The dark glossy couverture coatings are a luxury like a diamond being polished out of the rough. Whether it is our Bu...
Conexión Chocolate planning for a BIG 2023

Conexión Chocolate planning for a BIG 2023

It’s 2023. This is a year of hope, at least according to the Chinese Zodiac. And it’s much welcomed after 2 long years of pandemic. Conexión Chocolate is also injecting a little hope in our 2023 plans. With our professionals and chocolate lovers in mind, we are projecting a year of chocolatey swe...
Cadmium in Chocolate Conexion Chocolate

The growing concern for Cadmium in Chocolate

In the United States the discussion surrounding Cadmium in chocolate has taken center stage again. This is due to a recent Consumer Report on metals that can be found in dark chocolate. Instead of asking ourselves fun and flavorful questions: Is that a hint of nutmeg in my 70% chocolate? Or how d...
Cacao Expedition 2022

Cacao Expedition 2022

A Journey to Origins in Ecuador September 2–9, 2022 Back by popular demand, Conexión Chocolate’s Cacao Expedition returns this September! Join Conexión founder Jenny Samaniego on a one-of-a-kind tour of some of Ecuador’s most magical cacao-producing regions. Immerse yourself in the lush landscap...
Fermented cocoa beans at origin

Cacao Expeditions: Unlocking Flavor in the Post-Harvest Process

       March 30, 2022  Dale Erwin Returning back the way we came, we flew through the lush landscape alongside long-legged water birds.  We alighted at the white and green painted buildings of UOPROCAE, one of Conexión Chocolate’s partner cooperatives. Here our farmers collect their harvested cac...