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Quick trip to Taipei this week. Found some chocolate with eel. I don't even know what to say...

Warning: this post has nothing to do with chocolate. Our family loves celebrating our heritage. We have participated in many, many Highland games ever since our girls were old enough to compete in Scottish dance. They have not danced competitively for some time but we still love the pipe band competitions, field events, and highland dancing. #highlanddance #highlandgames #saturdayfun

This is Yessica Maribelia Xo Caal. She is a smallholder farmer with 0.13 Hectares of cacao in the Polochic Valley of central Guatemala. In 2016, the APODIP coop, consisting of 495 smallholder farmers, including Yessica, exported Polochic cacao for the first time. The export crop was a modest one metric ton and is some of the most exceptional cacao we have experienced. Between Fresco and our friend Christine at @palettedebine we were privileged to receive all of the 2016 Polochic crop. Christine has already won an award for her work with Polochic, I'm hoping we can also do justice to these incredible beans. In Fresco style, we are releasing three limited edition Polochic recipes with different roast and conche levels for your consideration. In addition, we have a limited edition 100% Polochic bar available. If you would like a first preview of these bars, sign up for our mailing list at An email will be sent to you in July announcing the Polochic bundled set, available exclusively for you.

With over 1,000 entries, it is such an honor to receive 3 awards Monday in the International Chocolate Awards Americas Competition.
In the Americas competition (includes North and South America) our Dominician Republic 224 received a Silver and our Dominician Republic 212 received a Bronze.
In the National competition, Dominican Republic 224 received a Silver for the USA.

Congratulations to all the chocolate makers and chocolatiers! @chocawards

When the refrigerator fails in the middle of a molding session, it's a big redo for the chocolate.

Thanks @acadofchocolate for the Bronze. We used Dominican Republic Oko Caribe from @uncommoncacao for this multi-award winning bar.

Happy to hear our Dominican Republic bar, recipe 224, won an @acadofchocolate bronze.

When your kids bring you chocolate for Fathers Day. Love our local @fortechocolates chocolatiers

Had fun visiting tonight with Christine from @palettedebine. It's so interesting how we each develop chocolate with unique flavor notes from the same cacao. This time it was cacao from the Polochic Region of Guatemala. We're standing in front of an antique melange at a new Montreal chocolate factory, Cacao 70.

Madagascar chocolate ice cream is up tonight at Mallard in Bellingham. Working their ice cream magic with our 100% chocolate, they do it right.

Marañón nibs roasted today are going in the melange tonight. #freshchocolate

Winnowing Maranon cocoa today.

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