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Saturday, November 12 • 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Sensory Standards at Origin: Collaborating with Cacao Producers

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Many gourmet foods such as olive oil, wine, beer and coffee have established sensory standards to evaluate flavor and quality.  There is growing interest among fine cacao suppliers, traders and fine chocolate makers to develop a similar system for cacao.  TCHO and Equal Exchange work closely with producers and cacao experts in Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic to incorporate their insights and experience into the industry wide conversation on standardized preparation, tasting and evaluating of cacao.  Come hear from these in-country experts about their efforts and perspectives on developing common sensory standards.

Speakers
avatar for Zara Elizabeth Saavedra Gomez

Zara Elizabeth Saavedra Gomez

Cacao Quality Specialist, EE-TCHO-USAID Project
Zara Elizabeth Saavedra Gomez holds a diploma in food science from the Universidad | Nacional Agraria de la Selva in Tingo María- Peru and is currently working on her masters | in Agribusiness. Saavedra Gomez has over 15 years of experience in cacao value chains, working predominantly... Read More →
avatar for Lidia Yessenia Saavedra Gomez

Lidia Yessenia Saavedra Gomez

COCOA QUALITY CONTROL, Independent Consultant
Lidia Yessenia Saavedra Goez has a degree in food science with her masters in investment projects from the Universidad Nacional Agraria de la Selva.  Saavedra Gomez has worked on quality control with La Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo’ cacao processing plant in Tingo... Read More →
avatar for Dinorah Elizabeth Burgos Muñoz

Dinorah Elizabeth Burgos Muñoz

Quality Manager, Food Safety, Flavor Quality, CONACADO
Dinorah Elizabeth Burgos Muñoz is the Quality Manager at the CONACADO Agroindustrial Plant. She develops and oversees food safety and flavor quality procedures for cocoa powder, cocoa butter, nib and cocoa liquor production at the plant in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Rep... Read More →
avatar for Laura Sweitzer

Laura Sweitzer

Manger of TCHO Source, TCHO Chocolate
Laura Ann Sweitzer is the Manager of TCHO Source at international award-winning TCHO Chocolate, based in Berkeley, California. In addition to working closely with TCHO's suppliers, Sweitzer focuses on quality and flavor in every step of the sourcing and chocolate making process. Prior... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Cacao Origins Room

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