Join Melt's hunt for the mystical white crillo bean

Tastings with Melt and Seventypercent

Come and join Melt's and Seventypercent's chocolate tasting. It is with Santander, from Colombia. Colombia is not well known as a fine chocolate cacao origin, with only a handful of bars using beans from the country, despite its location just next door to Venezuela and its fine reputation for coffee. However in a valley hidden between two spurs of the Andes, is one of the most interesting cacao growing areas. Called the Magdalena valley, it is a Department of Santander. Just over the mountains to the east is Sur del lago in Venezuela, home of Porcelana and the source of many other great Venezuelan varieties. The genetics of the cacao in Santander are closely related to Venezuelan criollo, making this an exciting bean source for fine chocolate and a step closer in our hunt for the mystical white crillo bean.

For this month’s growing country chocolate tasting, Martin Christy reports back from his recent visit to Colombia, which was hosted by Santander chocolate producer Compañía Nacional de Chocolates. Martin will introduce fine chocolate from Colombia with chocolate from Santander and other companies.

Melt Chocolates have been using Santander for their truffles for several years now. These will be on offer as part of the tasting along with a glass of wine. Featured products will be on sale take home.

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Tasting is £35 per person (incl wine and truffles), 7.00pm-9.00pm, Weds 14 Oct 2009

Melt, 59 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AA