Over the last few years from Budapest to Brooklyn and Saigon to San Francisco a growing band of cacao farmers and artisan makers have been pioneering a revolution in single estate, craft chocolate. Just as with coffee, the key to great chocolate starts with the finest beans and careful harvesting, fermentation and drying. And just as in coffee, so with chocolate “less is more”; craft chocolate makers are all about coaxing the full flavour of their beans, adding and taking away as little as possible. Cocoa Runners has spent the last few years running around the world and tasting these bars (we lost count somewhere after 5,000 …) and in the words of the Daily Telegraph is “The true chocolate lover’s trade secret” listing over 850 bars from over 120 makers at cocoarunners.com.
As part of the Marylebone Food and Wine Festival, Philglas & Swiggot in conjunction with Cocoa Runners invite you to “go under the hood” of ten craft chocolate makers and their bars, looking in detail at the intricacies of cacao genetics, harvest, fermentation, vintages, conching and roasting, and examining how each stage of cacao production can affect the flavour of a bar. These chocolates will also be paired with a selection of classic wines from award-winning local independent Off Licence Philglas & Swiggot to showcase how “dark chocolate and red wine” really is a marriage made in heaven.
The tasting will be led by award-winning food and wine writer Francis Percival and Spencer Hyman, co-founder of Cocoa Runners. Each session will last 45 mins and costs £15 per head, or £25 for a pair of tickets. Sessions are available at 2pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm