To begin to appreciate chocolate, there are many reasons why you might want to learn about the history of chocolate. Here are a few:
- To learn about different cultures and traditions. Chocolate has been enjoyed by people all over the world for centuries. Learning about the different ways chocolate has been used and enjoyed can help you better understand different cultures and traditions.
- To be more informed about the chocolate industry. The chocolate industry is a complex and global one. Learning about the history of chocolate can help you make more informed choices about the chocolate you buy.
- To appreciate the deliciousness of chocolate even more. When you know how much work and love has gone into creating the chocolate you enjoy, it makes it taste even better.
- To have fun! Learning about the history of chocolate can be a lot of fun. There are many interesting stories and facts to discover.
The Cradle of Cacao course was designed with this in mind. Join Cuna De Piedra’s cofounder Enrique Perez and In Pursuit of Purity’s Kalei Ross as they take you on a journey of learning about the roots of cacao and the impact that Mexico has made on the chocolate world while sampling chocolate from Mexico’s premiere bean-to-bar company, Cuna De Piedra.
In this 1.5-hour course you will learn about:
- Mexico’s chocolate culture and its contribution to the chocolate industry. Theobromine, the active compound in chocolate was found in pottery dating back 4000 years in Mexico. That’s merely one piece of data that illustrates Mexico’s long history with cacao.
- Cuna de Piedra’s inspiration to create chocolate. Learn what inspired this team to create chocolate and how it is a reflection of their rich Mexican culture.
- The “bean-to-bar” concept. Learn through visuals and instruction on what the “bean-to-bar” concept entails, and what makes this so important when it comes to both making and purchasing chocolate.
- How mezcal is made. Learn the difference between tequila and mezcal, how it is made, and the specific mezcals that were selected for the different Cuna de Piedra bars.
- Using your senses to experience chocolate. It is easy to eat chocolate, but in this course, you will learn the basic factors to consider when experiencing chocolate through your senses. (A downloadable PDF tasting guide, including a flavor and aroma wheel, is included in the course.)
To get the full experience of this course, it is recommended that participants purchase the chocolates tasted in this course. Click on the links below to purchase them. (Please note that this is a separate transaction that will take you to an external website.)
Cuna de Piedra Soconusco, Chiapas 85%
Cuna de Piedra Comalcalco Tabasco 73%
Cuna de Piedra Comalcalco Tabasco with Mezcal Reposado 73%
You will have access to the recording for 3 weeks from the date of purchase to watch the tasting experience at your leisure.
Looking forward to having you present as we delve into the history and beauty of Mexican chocolate!