Rare Beans Chocolate Tasting

with Kim Hack

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Event Overview

Come taste hard-to find bars made from some of the world’s most exclusive—and elusive—beans! Cacao is typically classed into three primary varietal strains: Criollo, Forastero and Trinitario. But Theobroma Cacao is a promiscuous plant, and there are many sub-strains that have evolved over the centuries--each with unique flavor and character. Sadly, many of these heirloom varieties have been lost to disease, economic pressure and rainforest destruction. Extensive efforts are now underway to identify and protect this treasure trove, and many of our craftsmen have been helping to focus attention on this amazing diversity by producing small batches of bars from these rare beans. Join me for a tasting of some notable gems.

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Kim Hack

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Kimberly Allen Hack is finally putting her money where her mouth is. A lifelong chocolate fanatic, Kim has been dreaming about opening Cocoa + Co. for more than a decade. It took that long for the planets to align (and her risk-averse husband to accept the inevitable).
The concept for Cocoa + Co. was born on a business trip to Europe in 2001 when Kim was in the wine industry. While working with icons like Michel Chapoutier and Angelo Gaja, Kim soaked up the importance of place, varietal and craftsmanship (along with a fair amount of good wine), and quickly recognized the similarities with chocolate. The small-batch bean-to-bar movement was just getting underway here and abroad. But there was no one pulling all those delectable treats and talented artisans together. There was nothing like a wine shop for chocolate, with curated depth and breadth. No place where chocolate lovers could fuel their passion through exploration, tasting and interaction with others similarly obsessed. As a marketer and entrepreneur, Kim couldn’t resist such a delicious unmet need.

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    Jaime N.
    Reviewed on 09/30/18

    This class was so fun, informative, and yummy! Kim was extremely knowledgable and about chocolate, and the tastings that we got were delicious. The store also has a great vibe with a great selection of high quality chocolates!

    This class was so fun, informative, and yummy! Kim was extremely knowledgable and about chocolate, and the tastings that we got were delicious. The store also has a great vibe with a great selection of high quality chocolates!

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