THE HCP HANGS OUT HCP Google Hangout sponsored by HCP Co-Founder Pam Williams (Ecole Chocolat) and featuring her and fellow co-founders Dan Pearson (Maranon Chocolate) and Lyndel Meinhardt (USDA-ARS), as well as Jim Eber the HCP Director of Communication.… Read More


Good&Evil Bar

Before anyone even tasted it, there was considerable buzz surrounding the release of the limited edition Good & Evil chocolate bar this fall from Christopher Curtin’s Éclat Chocolate. Much of this was because Curtin’s two partners in the project were globetrotting culinary TV star Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, owner of the renowned Le Bernardin in… Read More


Madagascar cacao

Getting Started: How the Re-Discovery of Ancient Cocoa in Madagascar Became an Impetus for the HCP — And How We Got Those Samples in the First Place In early October, Madécasse Chocolate Company announced to a packed house in New York City the results of the cacao tree samples taken in Madagascar by one of the company’s… Read More


The Fine Chocolate Industry Association and the USDA/ARS Partner to Found the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative The best tasting chocolates in the world are poised for extinction. As growers continue to remove or replace fine flavor cacao trees with less flavorful, high-yield, disease-resistant cacao hybrids and clones, a world of ordinary flavor dominates the chocolate… Read More


Fermented Cacao Beans in Ecuador

By Jeffrey Stern, Gianduja, July 10, 2012 Ecuador is known in the cocoa industry for being the world’s largest producer of both the heirloom quality and fine flavor Nacional and CCN-51, an increasingly prevalent hybrid of standard or mass-market quality and flavor. Today, Nacional is increasingly scarce and has been genetically diluted. Moreover, its reputation for… Read More


Future of Chocolate

  Heirloom cacao are the diamonds of cacao — cacao trees and beans endowed with a combination of historic, cultural, botanical, geographical, and most importantly flavor value. They are the foundation of the best tasting chocolate. Why is heirloom cacao important? Heirloom and indigenous species of cacao have a number ecological, economic and social benefits:… Read More