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  • March 22, 2021 1:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for CocoaTown's upcoming Empowering Chocopreneurs© event.

    TEMPERmental: A Guide to the Science and Craft of Chocolate Tempering with Amy Coronado an Empowering Chocopreneurs© webinar

    Understand the science behind making well tempered chocolate. This talk will explain the molecular-level restructuring that occurs during chocolate tempering and chocolate bloom, and how to use this knowledge practically to inform and improve your tempering process.

    Join CocoaTown and Amy on Saturday, April 10th 10am-12pm Atlanta time (GMT -5)

    To read the blog post and register visit https://cocoatown.com/blogs/blog/tempermental-webinar

  • March 15, 2021 2:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    On Monday morning, the Biden administration announced exciting changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that expand access to the country’s smallest businesses. New rules for the federal loan program prioritize relief for sole proprietors, small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, and businesses located in low-income communities. For two weeks starting today, Feb. 24, only these businesses can apply for the program. Larger businesses will now have to wait until March 10 to apply.

    Details are still emerging, but here are some of the biggest changes:

    • More funding for sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals. The loan amount formula for these businesses will change from using net profit to gross income (from IRS tax form 1040, schedule C).
    • $1 billion reserved for businesses with no employees who are also located in low- and moderate-income communities
    • Expanded eligibility for immigrant entrepreneurs, formerly incarcerated business owners, and those behind on student loan payments

    We’re here to help you understand what these changes mean for you and your business. Join Matt Brewster, Hello Alice’s director of capital partnerships, on Friday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. ET for a live Q&A session about the updated PPP loan. You can submit questions for Matt in advance by leaving a comment on the Hello Alice Instagram.


  • March 09, 2021 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As Chocopreneurs we all make chocolate from cocoa beans. The Cacao tree has so much more to offer than just cocoa beans.

    At CocoaTown we call Theobroma Cacao the Tree of Gods - not just the Food for Gods as each and every part of the cocoa tree can be used in a myriad of ways.

    We are excited to have Arcelia Gallardo to present a webinar on Cocoa Is More Than Chocolate: Innovations in Brazil as part of our Empowering Chocopreneurs Webinar series.

    She will be highlighting some of these products - from using cocoa leaves as packaging to spirits based on cacao pulp.

    During this event you learn some of the ways you can expand your business, increase revenue and be a sustainable company.  

    Join us for Cocoa Is More Than Chocolate: Innovations in Brazil With Arcelia Gallardo on Saturday March 13 from 10 am - 12 noon Atlanta Time

    To learn more and to register visit: https://cocoatown.com/blogs/blog/innovations-brazil-arcelia-gallardo

  • March 06, 2021 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Date: April 14th


    Time: 12pm (AST)



    Join Kahkow USA and Wm. Chocolate for a virtual chocolate tasting featuring 4 unique bars made with cacao from throughout the Dominican Republic. During this interactive event, we’ll explore how the flavors of chocolate are shaped and discover that one country does not mean one flavor. Together, our experiences encompass the entire chocolate story from farm to bar, and we can't wait to share them with you!

     Price: $60

    Tasting kit includes:


    ·          2 WM chocolates (Classic Dark & Dark & Salty)

    ·          2 Kahkow USA chocolates (Duarte 72% & Dominican Nacional 68%)

    ·          Tasting (sheet)

    ·          (Shipping included in price)

    Platform: Zoom - link will be sent via e-mail after payment & registration.

    Product is available in our online store & Kahkow Store.                         

    For questions or comments, please e-mail us: info@kahkow.com    

  • February 17, 2021 10:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the demand for quality chocolate increases and interest in chocolate-making grows, milk chocolate has been all but left behind. Too many people consider milk chocolate an inferior product, unworthy of consideration.  Nothing could be no further from the truth. In fact, the variety of options and creative possibilities milk chocolate offers chocolate-makers far exceeds any other.

    During this webinar you will get to know the interesting world of milk chocolate. We will begin with an overview followed by a question & answer session.

    All are welcome - from absolute beginners to those more experienced.  

    Join Max Makowski and CocoaTown Saturday February 20 from 10 am - 12 noon Atlanta time for this fun and informative discussion about milk chocolate. 

    Use this link to register https://cocoatown.com/blogs/blog/mystery-of-milk-chocolate-solved-theory-practical-tips-by-max-makowski

  • February 14, 2021 12:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    According to Gabriella Gershenson of the The Wall Street Journal  hot chocolate "is exactly the kind of harmless sedative America needs right now, the ultimate expression of self-love." Her article also features three FCIA members Maricel PresillaMatt Caputo, and VALRHONA which is the brand acclaimed NYC restaurant Frenchette serves at the landmark Rockefellar Center Plaza from a vintage Citroën van (pictured above).  You can read the entire article if you subscribe to WSJ here. However if you are inspired to make chocolat chaud for Valentine's Day, our friends at Valrhona freely share their recipes here

  • February 13, 2021 9:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Boxed chocolates are often off-limits to those with any common allergies, but the Amore di Mona Assorted Mignardise Red Gift Box (16 pieces) is filled with vegan confections that are made in a facility free of gluten, soy, dairy, tree nuts, and peanuts. They were the best-tasting chocolates we tried of four allergen-free options, and they have all the taste and texture of the finest boxed chocolates, without the worry of allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis). 

    Read full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/gifts/best-boxed-chocolates/

  • February 04, 2021 5:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Chocoa cocoa and chocolate trade fair has unveiled major industry figures for its online event, including an opening address from ICCO executive director Michel Arrion, and representatives from Nestlé, Cargill, and the Solidaridad organisation, reports Neill Barston.

    As the countdown to the sector showcase being held virtually between 24-26 February continues, organisers have confirmed that its core theme of sustainability for the sector will encompass a broad spectrum of topical issues.

    Speaking to Confectionery Production in a preview interview for the event, co-founder Jack Steijn, of cocoa consultancy business Equipoise, explained that he believed there was a strong demand for continuing the fair online amid the pandemic, in light of being able to stage its full three-day festival in its traditional physical format staged each February in Amsterdam.

    As he noted, with 2021 being designated as the International Year for the Elimination of Child labour, the online conference’s will take this as one of its core themes. It will address perpetuating problems and solutions that could lead to eradication of the issue – which still impacts on around 1.5 million children in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

    Topics such as re-thinking diversification, agroforestry, and digitisation are headlining at this year’s Amsterdam Sustainable Cocoa Conference (ASCC), which forms one of the show’s centrepieces, and opens the discussion between sustainable cocoa professionals.

    Another of its core elements is the Chocolate makers Forum (CMF), in which artisans from across the sector will discuss sustainability matters, as well as the challenges and opportunities in promising markets for high-quality cocoa and chocolate.

    Topics such as communicating sustainability efforts, the future of organic, and adding value to cocoa & chocolate will be headlining. The CMF includes a joint session with the Fine Chocolate Association (FCIA) discussing how to boost the craft chocolate market and expand to the US & Europe (see our latest video with Bill Guyton, who will be speaking at Chocoa 2021.

    Besides hosting their usual quality presentations and engaging discussions on important sustainability
    issues Chocoa stands out by offering unique virtual networking experiences.

    As promised, their innovative Network Plaza offers space to arrange formal and informal meetings throughout the event, as well as dedicated matchmaking carousels. This feature allows participants to randomly meet interesting people just as they would at a physical event.

    The matchmaking carousel matches participants based on tags they have chosen, ensuring they will be matched with someone who meets their interests.  For example, if they classify as a cocoa seller they will be matched with cocoa buyers. Chocoa 2021 aims to connect the entire sustainable cocoa industry.

    Organisers have set out to provide three days full of virtual networking, knowledge exchange, and business opportunities. As participants can join Chocoa virtually from all over the world, they expect participants from more origins than ever. Partners such as DISCO, FCIA, WINCC, PromPerú, and Port of Amsterdam have joined already.

    The final programme has yet to be released, but includes sessions on ‘Data, Digitization and supply chain transparency’  featuring contributions from Susanne Uittenbogaard, Cargill, Megan Passey, ICI, Michael Chrisment, FarmerConnect.

    A further session, Agroforestry, the transformative power of cocoa will see a presentation from Felipe Vilela, of Re-Nature ( who has been named by Forbes top 30 of most influential young people), as well as a topic on Re-thinking diversification with Nico Roozen of Solidaridad. A further element focused on Impact Investment, will be led by Peter Heijen.

    Last year, Chocoa introduced its Late Night Show at Noon show, which took on the format of a late night chat show, evaluating a number of key sector themes on how the cocoa sector engages with consumers and its wider role in sustainability.

    This year’s virtual version will see Carla Martin of FCCI speaking on the topic of the impact of Covid on specialty cocoa, as well as an examination of producing chocolate made entirely from  cocoa fruits using cocoa pulp as a sweetener’ speaker, with Dr. Joselio Viera, PTC York, Nestlé Global confectionery. For more information on the full programme, visit the website chocoa.nl


  • January 29, 2021 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As a part of CocoaTown's 2021 Empowering Chocopreneurs webinar series we are honored to announce our upcoming webinar presented by Dr. Kristy Leissle.

    Dr. Leissle will share about her research, writing, consultancy, and NGO work in the cocoa/chocolate sectors in West Africa and Africa's importance to chocolate & why West Africa needs to innovate in its value chain. She will also talk about price innovations, value addition innovations: domestic chocolate, confectionery, and more.

    We will hear about the Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana (CIG) her non profit organization.

    She will also cover:

    --Supply chain innovations from planting to harvest, and challenges that remain

    --Fermentation innovations, with guest speaker Leslie Agyare of Three Mountains Cocoa

    --Supply chain from drying beans to port: spaces that remain for innovation

    --Beyond the supply chain: innovations in infotech, traceability, and challenges that remain

    We'll conclude the webinar with a question and answer period.

    Join CocoaTown and Dr. Kristy Saturday February 6 - 10 am to 12 Noon Atlanta time for this compelling talk on Challenges & Opportunities of the Cocoa Value Chain in West Africa.

    To register for the event visit https://cocoatown.com/blogs/blog/spaces-for-innovation

  • January 23, 2021 11:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pastry Arts Magazine is looking for any brands/companies who want to submit a video for the Pastry Arts Virtual Summit.

    Just like the  2020 summit, all videos will be pre-recorded (nothing live). The summit will open late spring (May) and will remain open for the entire year (allowing a very large attendee count).  

    The summit will be designed for dessert professionals (chocolatiers, pastry chefs, professional bakers, cake artists, etc.), and to serve them with professional development.

    Videos should be anywhere from 15-60+ minutes in length and could be demonstrations or presentations (talks) on a myriad of topics (a full list of topics from last year’s summit are on www.pastrysummit.com).

    The timeline is 3 months to turn in the video/assets (mid April), which should be plenty of time. And on the note of videos being submitted, they DO NOT have to be professionally produced. Plenty of 2020 participants recorded with digital cameras at home, or through Zoom calls, which all were acceptable.

    If you are interested in participating please reach out to Shawn Wenner at Pastry Arts Magazine shawn@pastryartsmag.com by the end of the month as he would like to finalize the roster of presenters.


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