MS 1: SOMA Chocolatemaker

Joanne Wang factory photo
Please join us in tasting the Porcelana 70% bar.

SOMA Chocolatemaker was founded in 2003 by David Castellan and Cynthia Leung and is based in Toronto, Canada. The company has since grown to two stores, a small chocolate factory and a network of wholesalers. SOMA says it is “propelled by the love and curiosity of all things chocolate” as the company continues to seek out great cacao and explore more ingredients. In this episode, we’ll hear about David’s start as a pastry chef back before people spoke about chocolate origins, Cynthia’s ever-creative forays into flavor—both successful and not—and the difference between a chocolate maker and a chocolatier.

For more information on SOMA, head to their website (, and use code “slowmelt” for a 10% discount on the Porcelana 70% bar from now until October 15, 2017. You can also purchase an exclusive bar bundle, including all nine bars featured in the Makers Series, at Chocolopolis (in the U.S.; use code “slowmelt” for a 15% discount), and find most of the bars in a subscription box by Bean Bar You (in Australia).  


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