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 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Varietals, Selections, Seedlings? Cacao Origin and Genetics

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Chocolate makers have expressed increasing interest in the genetic diversity of cacao they use. Unfortunately, there is little accessible knowledge on the topic. As a result, historical genetic groupings are obsolete, but are still used within the industry. Because of a high degree of genetic variation, descriptive terminology used for crops such as wine grapes, coffee, and fruit trees are not applicable for cacao. A variety of visual aids and photos from around the world will be used to illustrate the diversity and world distribution of different types of cacao around the world. Implications for flavor potential, conservation, and post-harvest handling will be discussed, and chocolate makers will gain a better understanding of the role genetics play in the products they make.

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Dan O'Doherty

Owner, President, Cacao Services
Daniel O'Doherty works independently in over 20 countries with cacao producers ranging from tiny co-ops harvesting wild cacao in the Amazon to large modern plantations. Areas of expertise include post-harvest handling, genetics, and farm management.

Saturday November 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Trade and Industry Stage

Attendees (18)