Coco'Blog

  • Coleen L

    How Carol Morse's visit to Guatemala started Acalli Chocolate

    Carol Morse, owner and chocolate maker of Acalli Chocolate, began making chocolate after a 2013 visit to Guatemala, where her archaeologist husband works during the summers. While there, she met cacao growers in nearby Belize, and local chocolate makers. The experience inspired her to buy small-s... View Post
  • Coleen L

    Ranger Chocolate started by four friends in 2014

    Four friends – Rhonda, Patrick, George and David – set out in 2014 to embrace their love of food and find a craft they could share together. The result was Ranger Chocolate. After many explorations and experiments, they became fascinated with cacao and quickly realized that most people have no id... View Post
  • Coleen L

    An interview with Hans Westerink of Violet Sky Chocolate

    We asked Hans of Violet Sky Chocolate to tell us about himself and this is what he had to say: "I am Hans Westerink, I make chocolate in South Bend, IN. I started making chocolate three years ago because I love real flavors, and I wanted to show people what real chocolate can taste like. It took ... View Post
  • Coleen L

    How Katy Oursler and Stephen Beaumier started Mutari Chocolate

    Katy Oursler and Stephen Beaumier of Mutari Chocolate are folks who love food, and came to love and appreciate cacao as a singular ingredient. Hailing from the hospitality industry, they found cacao to be the most challenging ingredient they have ever used. They have been grinding it out in some... View Post
  • Coleen L

    Sarah and Colin Hartman of Harper Macaw Chocolate focuses on Brazilian cacao beans

    Sarah and Colin Hartman came from very different paths. Sarah grew up in Brazil, one of the world’s largest cacao producing nations, and after joining the culinary industry, spent time at both Valrhona and Dandelion Chocolate. Colin served as U.S. Marine officer before jumping into the start-up w... View Post
  • Coleen L

    William Marx of Wm Chocolate tells his story about making chocolate

    We interviewed William Marx of Wm Chocolate and this was his story to us: Wm. Chocolate began in early 2015 in my home kitchen, where my passion for making nutritious, ethically sourced, delicious food from scratch spilled over into chocolate. Simply put, I couldn’t find a chocolate on the marke... View Post