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An interesting pair: Chocolate & beer!

We do like the better things in life. Chocolate, wine, but also beers. And every summer, when the chocolate season is on a seasonal low, we keep ourselves busy with small side projects. Amsterdam, where our headquarter is located, is a perfect spot to reach out to local breweries and hop on a tour to…

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How to taste chocolate

A guided tour through rare tastes and flavours. Because you’re curious and conscious about the complex world of taste; because you, like us, believe memory is infused with rare tastes and flavours, come along with us and indulge in this tasting experience. Let’s say chocolate is like a lover whose heart we wish to discover.…

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#BlackLivesMatter

My industry, chocolate, exploits black families by the hundred thousands. The vast majority of chocolate brands may not be overtly racist, but they tolerate and operate in a racist system. Ask yourself about how much a black life matters when you invest less than Euro 2,- for a chocolate bar grown by black farmers. Walk…

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Chris Dodd’s Big Beautiful World

A CHOCOLATE LAB EXPEDITION  Remember when we go somewhere we’ve never been before and freely explore? Remember the feeling of being a little bit lost but knowing it would be okay in the end? And as time seems to stretch so does our feeling of uncertainty…It’s hard not to think of the present as if…

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The perfect pair: Chocolate and wine!

Chocolate and wine go well together, don’t they? Not at all! At least not, if you haven’t explored them. Finding the right wine for the chocolate and the right chocolate for the wine is complex, almost a small, playful science for yourself. Why? The wine of a vintage often differs completely from that of another,…

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Sunrise on Napo River, Amazon

Take reforestation and climate action in your own hands

You marched on the streets and joined the #climatestrike and yet decision-makers left you disappointed by their lack of action. Together, we can prevent the climate emergency now! Our best hope for climate action lies in growing trees. Does that mean, now you have to roll up your sleeves and plant trees yourself? Well, we…

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How do you know if a chocolate is good?

We share with you a few secrets about making outstanding chocolate and how you can tell the good from the bad. Like all things in life, it takes dedication to become an expert. And our Original Beans flavour makers have dedicated their lives from early age to become the very best in what they make:…

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Stop the Amazon from burning – by choosing the right chocolate

The Amazon is burning and many of us are lying awake at night asking ourselves what to do. The last time the world was so shaken in real-time by an environmental disaster was when the nuclear reactor at Chernobyl melted down. What we are witnessing in Amazon is far more consequential. But we can understand…

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Chocolate Bars in the summer

Best ways to store chocolate – 4 tips for the summer

Summer, sun, chocolate time? It’s hot outside and the temperatures in the living rooms are also quite high. But can you do without chocolate? Absolutely not! Here we have collected 4 expert tips on how best to store chocolate in summer, so that even in the hot season you don’t have to miss out on…

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Chocolate Ice Cream

Why should chocolate ice cream be made with real chocolate?

If we want to change this world for the better, then we need to give it our passion, an unconditional surrender to taste and love to a pleasurable life. Because not the virtual world, not the additive-contaminated substitute satisfactions, is what makes our lives worth living. By TOBIAS SUDHOFF Real chocolate ice cream should be…

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Ancient Cacao Tree

Our solution to the protection of biological diversity? Chocolate!

For many of us it is not news and yet, the latest report by the World Biodiversity Council (IPBES) has shaken the news world. It states that in the coming years and decades, one million species will be threatened with extinction if there are no fundamental changes in land use, environmental protection and mitigation of…

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What is real chocolate?

by Philipp Kauffmann, November 2019 Real chocolate is a heavenly food. Break off a piece. Close your eyes and slowly let it melt on the tongue to taste its many nuanced flavours. Please don’t just chew it. Real chocolate is made from a hyper-nutritious seed, roasted to bring out its flavours, ground to a fine…

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