Here at Taste of Bath, we are always eager to delve into the foodie world, understand its origin, its taste and how to try the very best. Well a new master connoisseur of chocs has moved to Bath- think of it like Taste of Chocolate- a chance to meet the finest chocolate makers in the UK and World. Chocolate Voyage will be launching their shop shortly and hosting some fabulous chocolate tasting events. To get hear more sign up to their newsletter.
We wanted to know more- about the products, the journey and the vision! So I present a guest blog from Chocolate Voyage founder, Tracy Chapman.
THE NEW CHOCOLATE REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN…
Can you imagine a world with only generic red and white wine? Or just a handful of different types of apples? Well, the majority of industrial-factory-made chocolate, in fact most of the confectionery bars and Easter eggs sold in shops, want to portray just such a world: a limited choice between basic milk and dark chocolate. Additionally, many of these confectionery products consist of very little chocolate(less than 10%) and are not labelled as such, but go on brand name recognition.
The good news is… there is a “real food” movement happening in the world of chocolate. People are once again wanting to know and understand where chocolate comes from, and most importantly, to know, savour and taste real flavourful chocolate.
Often people ask where chocolate comes from and how it is made. The simple answer is that chocolate is made from the seeds of a tropical fruit called cacao. Cacao originates in the rainforests of the Amazon, but is now also cultivated in other tropical areas of the world including the Caribbean, Central America and the Far East. There are several types of cacao and today exciting work is underway to preserve the most genetically flavourful varieties. This part of the chocolate world is becoming similar to the winemaking industry – where variety, terroir and also the farmer’s post-harvest process factor into the taste and quality of the chocolate being made.
A new generation of independent chocolate makers is creating incredible small batch single origin chocolate.
The even better news…a new generation of independent chocolate makers in Europe and around the world are sourcing these cacao beans, mostly from specific origins, and using the whole bean to create incredible chocolate with intriguing tastes and flavour notes. In the U.K, the craft chocolate movement really started off in 2008 with Duffy Sheardown of Duffy’s Chocolate, Lincolnshire, who started making small batch single origin bars when he travelled to Honduras and tasted the chocolate being made from local beans. He has since won a number of golds and silvers from the International Chocolate Awards for his bars. 10 years on and there are now 10-15 outstanding chocolate makers in the U.K.
For chocolate lovers and people interested in tasting the new generation of chocolate – it is still hard to find product in the stores and high street. The reasons are complex, but the main problem is one of understanding and of course, the view that all chocolate is generic.
Here at Chocolate Voyage, we believe that the chocolate world is better when knowledge is shared.
Our mission is to tell the story of real chocolate, but also to inspire, educate and present some of the best craft chocolate being made today. We want our customers to know for example that chocolate made with beans from Ecuador can taste deliciously different from that of chocolate made with Madagascan beans.
Chocolate Voyage will be launching an online shop soon to bring you the best single origin chocolate through subscription, gift boxes and our chocolate library. We want our customers to find the chocolate they love…
If you are interested to know when we launch, please sign up at HERE