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Monday, February 15, 2010

Chocolates 101 by Chocolatier Benjamin Pedro of Heavenly Chocolates

*photo credits: pinayads.com

Chocolatier Benjamin Pedro started off with a brief history of chocolates from the Mayans (500 A.D.) who used Cacao beans as currency; the Aztecs (15000) when Hernan Cortez met Montezuma and brought the Cacao-Elite lifestyle to Europe to the present.

Caco (theobroma Cacao) cocoa plant; “food of the gods”; from the Aztec language word of “Cacahuati”. The choco-tasting started from Champagne Sachi/Chocolate Nama, a bit of Peru (which was mild with a hint of dry flowers), but I liked Mexico harsh and intense. Ivory Coast has basic taste; Madagascar has fruity notes and Ecuador of smooth and intense cocoa taste are also available at their shop along Roces Avenue perpendicular to Tomas Morato in Quezon City.

The flavour factors depends on the following factors: Bean variety; Climate and Altitiude; Harvest Technique; Roasting Practices; Conching Process; Flavour Release and of course, Personal Mood. The important process starts from the Harvesting, Fermenting and then the Drying..from from the farm, to the cocoa processor to its Tempering (preferred liquid, semi-liquid and solid form).

*For Chocolate Seminars and other inquiries: Heavenly Chocolates is located at Roces Ave. perpendicular to Tomas Morato St. Q.C.

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