Ep. 3: We Eat The Seeds

Many of us have been eating chocolate since childhood, but few can recognize it in nature. In this episode, we start at the farm with the pod-shaped fruit and its bitter seeds. Those seeds start off bitter, but ultimately become sweet, gooey chocolate. In this show, we’ll explore what gives chocolate its flavor and how one of the top craft chocolate makers in the U.S. transformed that love of flavor into a career.

Guests include:
Emily Stone, CEO of specialty cacao supplier Uncommon Cacao, on the factors that create and enhance flavors in chocolate.

Todd Masonis, founder of San Francisco’s Dandelion Chocolate, on selling his tech company for over $150 million and using the money to open a chocolate factory.

Vicente Norero, farm manager and supplier at Camino Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on what he wishes chocolate lovers understood about farming cacao.

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Camino Verde featured in Dandelion Chocolate Sourcing Report 2015.