Make & Taste The World Of Bean To Bar

expert Bean to bar Classes in Vancouver!

+ What Our Guests Said

" Well-researched and well-presented, and it was lovely to have it punctuated by the tasting of chocolate through the ages as well! "


" This class was great! I never knew something like this even existed. "


" The geographical history of the cacao plant is interesting. Furthermore, I am in awe to learn about the science and art of chocolate making. I will not hesitate to recommend the workshop to family and friends. Thank you for a delightful two hours "


" I enjoyed how information heavy the class was, and how well you taught us how to taste! "


" Who knew there's an art of tasting and enjoying dark chocolate?! "

 

The 3 Core Classes

20 samples

Chocolate Making from Cacao Beans!

In depth information & Literature

For All! From the noob to the foodie.

 

1. The History

The Origin of Chocolate Species

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Class

We will teleport ourselves ten thousand years before present, and learn all about where chocolate originated and those who shaped it to become the food we love today. We will travel over millennia and centuries as we taste the various forms chocolate took, and return to the 21st Century to learn about what fine chocolate is today.

It will also include an interactive chocolate making component, where we will create chocolate from cocoa beans during the tasting, with a fresh sample for you to take home!

This workshop will offer you a concise overview of the wild history of chocolate. There will be at least 20 samples of chocolate and cacao related products to taste as we enjoy stories and historical facts of how chocolate came to be.

We will learn how it shaped the lives of those before us, and what we can do today to pave a path of quality flavour, craftsmanship, and sustainable relationships.


The menu

An array of cacao and chocolate drinks, as well as dark chocolates of varying types. The chocolates are dark, and the drinks are water based. No products in this workshop will contain dairy, nuts, or gluten.*

*Since I don't manufacture some of the fine chocolate bars being sampled, I can't guarantee they were not produced in a dairy, nut, or gluten free kitchen. If you have questions, please ask before attending.

How to prepare

All you need to bring is yourself and an appetite!


Who is this workshop for?

Anyone who loves chocolate and history. Understanding our food within the context of its history will not only give you a renewed appreciation for chocolate, but also help you make smarter choices today, as well as inspire you in the kitchen!

2. The Process

Bean To Bar Making: The Art & Science

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Class

Taste how chocolate is made! Think you know where chocolate comes from? Think again. This workshop journeys through the process of chocolate making while following how the flavour this glorious food develops along the way. Enjoy at least 20 samples of cacao and chocolate related products, including some of the finest bean to bar chocolate made today.

This unpacks the 3 major areas of flavour development: the genetics, the growers, and the chocolate makers. We will sample various cacao and chocolate from various makers (local and international), various origins, varieties of cacao, and the many types of chocolate available today.

It will also include an interactive chocolate making component, where we will create chocolate from cocoa beans during the tasting, with a fresh sample for you to take home!

We will also cover what you need to know when purchasing chocolate for eating or baking, including understanding ingredients, interpreting labels, pricing, trade relationships, and how you as an individual can impact the future of our chocolate!

This workshop is one of a kind, and will open your eyes to what really goes on behind each chocolate bar.

The menu

At least 20 samples of various types of cacao beans and chocolate products, raw chocolate & cacao, dark chocolate at various stages and states, all while focusing on local craft bean to bar chocolate makers. Support Local! All samples are plant based and gluten free. One or two samples may contain nuts, for which you may opt out.

How to prepare

All you need to bring is yourself and an appetite!

Who is this workshop for?

Understanding the process is crucial to being able to discern quality chocolate. This workshop is open to the public, from the novice, to the lover, and as well as the professional who uses chocolate in the kitchen. We all need to be better informed.

3. Neurogastronomy

The Connoisseur: Bean To Bar Flavour Lab

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Class

Yes, even you can be a sophisticated taster! Geoseph will guide you through analyzing, tasting, and judging fine bean to bar dark chocolate in a way that is approachable and practical. This professional level tasting will cover neurogastronomy and offer tools for tasting that will last you a lifetime.

This tasting goes beyond the scope of any other chocolate tasting you may have attended, helping you to become confident chocolate connoisseurs. We will also learn about the hardworking makers and growers behind each delicious sample. Learn to enjoy chocolate based on what you know, not according to what you are told. An informed palate is a satisfied palate!

It will also include an interactive chocolate making component, where we will create chocolate from cocoa beans during the tasting, with a fresh sample for you to take home!

The menu

Dark bean to bar chocolate from various makers and origins. We will focus on award winning local makers, as well as international makers to compare. The chocolate will not contain dairy, nuts, or gluten.

How to prepare

Since we will be predominately using our nose and tongue, please keep the following in mind.

Try and refrain from:

- Strong odours (scents & perfumes, smoking, and poor hygiene)

- Strong flavoured foods (garlic, coffee, smoking etc.)

- A heavy meal 2 hours beforehand. Come hungry!


Who is this workshop for?

For those who want to master the flavour of chocolate, and understand how to judge fine chocolate at the professional level. This workshop will enlighten the novice, as well as better equip you seasoned chocolate tasters with more tools and a deeper understanding of neurogastronomy.


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