We are proud to present one of the top education programs in the world for chocolate lovers from all walks of life. Chocolate Lovers Unite (!) at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, Pier 91 in Seattle, Washington for a weekend packed with world-class workshops on chocolate! 
Saturday, November 12 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Saving Heirloom Cacao

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The HCP is the first initiative to identify and map the world of high quality, flavor cacao and certify growers of these endangered trees. Global pressures of environmental change, deforestation, disease, and economic pressures from a disease resistance, tasteless cacao variety called CCN-51, that is heavily dependent on manufactured fertilizers and pesticides, all threaten the world’s supply of high quality, flavorful cacao. Recognizing that these endangered cacao trees are the foundation for not only delicious chocolate, but also the livelihood of many farmers and farming communities, we will discuss the plight of the heirloom cacao species and how the work of the HCP is designed to save these flavorful varieties. We will cover what is happening around the world, where we have found heirloom cacao, and how our designation process is making a difference in the lives of heirloom farmers. We will explain to our audience how they can help in the urgent battle to save the world's highest quality most flavorful cacao from extinction.

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Sophia Japhet

Coordinator, Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund
Sophia Japhet is the Coordinator for the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund, responsible for coordinating and overseeing all the agency’s events, marketing and communications initiatives, bean submissions, and administrative duties. Additionally, Sophia brings her grant writing experience... Read More →
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Dan W. Pearson

President, Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund
Dan W. Pearson is the President of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund, whose mission is to identify and preserve the highest quality cacao, which are facing extension, for the benefit of the farmers and present and future generations of fine chocolate lovers . Concurrently, Dan... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Chocolate Stories Room

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