Bean to BarCocoa Adventures

Chocolate is magical! ✨

Fine chocolate has always been a passionate interest of mine, and now this passion has developed into complete devotion! I am truly in love with chocolate and every step involved in its production. I think that the Theobroma cacao plant is beautiful; tiny flowers growing from the tree trunk that develop into cherelles (small pods) which then turn into stunningly vibrant, multi-coloured cocoa pods. It is these pods which hold the treasure that makes one of the most appreciated foods on the planet.

I am a part time Chocolate Consultant, member of the Academy of Chocolate, judge for the Academy of Chocolate Awards, home bean to bar chocolate maker, Social Media Director for the Northwest Chocolate Festival and Cocoa Adventurer.

My devotion to chocolate began with my first volunteering experience at La Iguana Chocolate, Costa Rica, in December 2013. I returned to La Iguana in January 2015 after exploring northern Colombia and the San Blas Islands, Panama, in search of the Kuna Indians’ famous healthy cacao drink, which has been the subject of many scientific studies. In May 2015 I visited Grenada for the Grenada Chocolate Festival and I returned in May 2016 to participate in the festival. I visited Guatemala and Belize in December 2015 and January 2016 to spend time at Izabal Agro Forest as well as visit local chocolate makers. My last Cocoa Adventure was in January 2017 visiting Southern Mexico and in April 2017 I will be visiting Marou Chocolate in Vietnam!

I spend my free time experimenting with home bean to bar chocolate production, visiting chocolate factories, attending and partaking in chocolate related events across the UK and beyond, eating plenty of fine chocolate and, especially, planning my next cocoa adventure!

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  • Back in London with my delicious goodies from Vietnam hellip
  • Thank you sammaruta for taking me on your cacao hunthellip
  • Chocolate tasting with belviechocolate we came up with a fewhellip
  • What a pleasure to meet belviechocolate at their factory today!hellip
  • Enjoying some Vietnamese coffee and chocolates in the cutest cafehellip
  • I fell in love with this tree! Beautiful pod andhellip
  • When the chocolate goes from bendy to liquid eating thehellip
  • Eating bendy Tien Giang chocolate with one of the Tienhellip
  • Quality control on Tien Giang beans for marouchocolate with sammarutahellip
  • My two favourite marouchocolate bars for our trip to Tienhellip