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A show exploring hot topics & destinations for chocolate, weaving together history, culture, and lived experiences to make a storytelling podcast that’s part interview & part documentary!

Chocolate On The Road Max Gandy

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A show exploring hot topics & destinations for chocolate, weaving together history, culture, and lived experiences to make a storytelling podcast that’s part interview & part documentary!

    Ep. 22: Malaysia

    Ep. 22: Malaysia

    Malaysian origin chocolates are about as common as Cambodian (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-cambodia/) or Hawaiian (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-hawaii/) chocolates. That is, they exist— but you can’t really find them unless you go to the source. But it wasn’t always this way. Malaysia used to be one of the world’s top ten cocoa producers, and remains a top processor of cocoa. So what’s happened over the last thirty years?
    The flux throughout Southeast Asia tells only part of the story. In this episode, we talk to five people involved in every stage of Malaysian chocolate making, from tree to bar. We get into the challenges they’ve taken on, their hopes for the future, and what’s WhatsApp got to do with it all.
    To read an article version of this episode click here (https://damecacao.com/malaysian-chocolate-cacao-culture/).
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    Link To Review: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chocolate-on-the-road/id1448433054 (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/chocolate-on-the-road/id1448433054)
    Show notes: https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-malaysia/ (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-malaysia/)
    Show Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/)
     

    INTERVIEW: Dr. Kristy Leissle, Cocoa Researcher & Scholar

    INTERVIEW: Dr. Kristy Leissle, Cocoa Researcher & Scholar

    With 15 years of cocoa research in West Africa under her belt, Dr. Kristy Leissle is well-poised to speak on the topic of its future. African farmers grow over two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply, making the African continent the deciding factor in chocolate’s future. With all the hype and questions around the potential extinction of chocolate, it makes sense to get as close to the source as possible: cocoa farmers (or at least someone who’s talked to thousands of them).
    So what do farmers actually need from chocolate makers, and in turn, chocolate consumers, to keep growing cocoa? From her office in Accra, Ghana, we dive into global warming, power dynamics in cocoa, and fine flavor cacao in Africa. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
    Note that the idea of the end of chocolate as we know it was the focus of my interview with Kristy with the end product being this podcast episode titled Is Chocolate Going Extinct? (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-is-chocolate-going-extinct/)
    Show Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/)
    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-dr-kristy-leissle-cocoa/

    INTERVIEW: Jan Schubert, Conservation Leader at Original Beans Chocolate

    INTERVIEW: Jan Schubert, Conservation Leader at Original Beans Chocolate

    Jan Schubert works in the cocoa industry in Latin America, largely in Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia. Focusing on conservation in cocoa-growing areas, his efforts & the efforts of his team have led to the planting of over 2.4 million trees in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas. ‘One bar, one tree’ is the motto of Original Beans Chocolate.
    So what is happening on the ground, in the world’s oldest cocoa-growing regions? After well over a decade working with cacao in South America, Jan had a lot to say on the topic. From a hostel in Colombia, we dive into post-harvest improvements from farmers, rare cacao varietals, and potential value-adds in-country. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
    Note that the idea of the end of chocolate as we know it was the focus of my interview with Jan, with the end product being this podcast episode titled Is Chocolate Going Extinct? (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-is-chocolate-going-extinct/)
    Show Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/)
    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-jan-schubert-original-beans-chocolate/

    INTERVIEW: Samuel Maruta, Co-Founder of Marou Chocolate

    INTERVIEW: Samuel Maruta, Co-Founder of Marou Chocolate

    Samuel Maruta is the co-founder of Marou Chocolate, a craft chocolate company based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Since its founding in 2011, Marou has worked directly with Vietnamese cocoa farmers to source the seven cacao origins they work with. Two shops and nearly nine years later, the company is still going strong, and serving as an inspiration for other up-and-coming chocolate brands based at-origin.
    So what inspired Sam & his business partner to start Vietnam’s first craft chocolate (https://damecacao.com/where-buy-craft-chocolate-online/) company? How has their business had an impact on the ground? In the interview, we dig into the company mindset at Marou, Vietnamese agriculture, and how quickly the country is changing. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
    Note that Vietnam was the topic of my interview with Sam, with the end product being the podcast episode on Vietnamese cacao & chocolate (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-vietnam/).
    Show Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/)
    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-samuel-maruta-marou-chocolate/

    INTERVIEW: Sunita De Tourreil, Founder of The Chocolate Garage

    INTERVIEW: Sunita De Tourreil, Founder of The Chocolate Garage

    Sunita De Tourreil has spend the last decade-and-a-half advocating on behalf of chocolate makers. In her craft chocolate retail venture, The Chocolate Garage, she experimented with various ways of funding new chocolate projects, in addition to conducting hundreds of tastings a year. Over the Garage’s 8-year run, Sunita watched small-batch chocolate makers from all over the world come into their own as craftspeople. Until its closing in 2018, having a bar for sale in the Garage was one of the highest honors in fine chocolate (in my humble opinion).
    So what are the costs of running a retail business like the Chocolate Garage? Are they physical, mental, financial? From her home in California, in the U.S., we dive into the planning that goes into massive-scale chocolate tastings, as well as craft chocolate advocacy and the importance of building community with customers. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
    Note that the topics of buying, selling, and marketing craft chocolate play heavily in my questions thanks to the two (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-hidden-costs/) podcast episodes (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-why-we-buy-craft-chocolate/) for which I was interviewing Sunita.
    Show Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/)
    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-sunita-de-tourreil-chocolate-garage

    INTERVIEW: Matt Caputo, CEO Caputo's Market & Deli

    INTERVIEW: Matt Caputo, CEO Caputo's Market & Deli

    Matt Caputo is a well-known name in the world of chocolate, having started the specialty chocolate portion of his family’s shop back in 2002. Since then, their offerings have continued to expand, and oftentimes they’re the ones turning down new chocolates. Between nearly two decades of craft chocolate sales, and an impressive repertoire of related marketing experience, Matt has become the go-to guy for anyone looking to start a craft chocolate (https://damecacao.com/where-buy-craft-chocolate-online/) company.
    But what is it that gets him to buy into a new bar? From his office in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the U.S., we dive into the role of craft chocolate retailers, the economics of chocolate, and the tipping point that could make or break the craft chocolate industry. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as much as I enjoyed having it.
    Note that the topic of buying & selling craft chocolate plays heavily in my questions thanks to the podcast episode (https://damecacao.com/chocolate-on-the-road-why-we-buy-craft-chocolate/) for which I was interviewing Matt.
    Show Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/ (https://www.instagram.com/chocolateontheroad/)
    Show Notes: https://damecacao.com/interview-matt-caputo-ceo-caputos-market

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