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Sunday, November 13 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Commodity vs. Specialty Cacao Cut Test

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All cacao is not equal. Fast growing, high yield, hybrid varieties dominate the global cocoa trade and are used to create bulk chocolate, cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and other products. Craft chocolate makers, however, rely on 'specialty' cacao consisting of unique varietals with interesting flavor profiles and special attention to post harvest processing techniques that bring out subtle flavor notes. The quality of processing and handling of specialty cacao can be determined through a standard cut test, a technique used by the industry to evaluate quality and consistency of cacao beans. Join Nate Hodge of Raaka Chocolate as he discusses the difference between commodity and specialty cacao and demonstrates how we can visually inspect these differences through a standard cut test. 

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Nathan Hodge

Co-Founder, Head Chocolate Maker, Raaka Chocolate
I am the Co-Founder of Raaka Chocolate in Brooklyn. Founded in 2010, Raaka is dedicated to raising the quality of cacao standards for both the economic and environmental sustainability of the specialty cacao trade. In Brooklyn we make our signature brand of Virgin Chocolate, derived... Read More →

Sunday November 13, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Trade and Industry Stage

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