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  • Time in Costa Rica… And What’s Going On at The Latest Batch

    Two of us Latest Batchers recently spent a month in Costa Rica. I (Ben) took a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC) course. And TLB chocolate ma...
  • Daniel South: The Man (and Farm) Behind Our Caribbean Cacao

    The word is starting to spread among chocolate makers in Costa Rica… And they all want Daniel South’s cacao. He doesn’t have an especially big fa...
  • How Cacao (and Chocolate) Gets Its Flavor, Part 2

    We love chocolate because of its sensational flavors…It can be fruity, earthy, floral, nutty, or just good old "chocolatey." And these flavors come...
  • How Cacao (and Chocolate) Gets Its Flavor

    Last week, we started talking about the "food of the gods" - cacao… which is the main ingredient in chocolate.If you're a curious chocolate lover, ...
  • Why Cacao is Called the "Food of the Gods"

    It's one of the most delicious fruits you've never tasted... And when it comes to chocolate, it's the star of the show.It gives chocolate its flavo...
  • Mindful Packaging for Mindful Snacking

    When you buy packaged foods, what do you look for? You want them to taste good, of course. But if you're at all like us, that isn't enough…You may ...
  • Why You Shouldn't Call Your Chocolate Maker a Chocolatier

    Whatever you do, don't call a chocolate maker a chocolatier...He or she may turn green, grow 20 feet tall, and smash up the place.But probably not....
  • Cacao or Cocoa? What's the Difference?

    A lot of people ask the question... "What's the difference between cacao and cocoa?" The answer isn't as straightforward as you might think. The di...
  • For The Love Of Fat: Three Things You Should Know About Cocoa Butter

    In cooking, we say, "Fat is flavor." Call us obsessed… But we love learning about chocolate. We just think of ourselves as curious and opportunisti...
  • Five Unique Wines For A Perfect Chocolate Tasting Experience

    Tasting wine and chocolate with friends and/or family is an experience everyone should try.
     
    We did as such February 6, 2019.
     
    And below we share our experience with you.
     
    Six bottles of wine were hand-picked by a French sommelier to pair with our Latest Batch #5, 75% dark chocolate.
     
    The origins of the five bottles spanned the world.....
  • What Makes 'Industrial Chocolate' Different from 'Craft Chocolate,' Part II

    It's the same substance… but not the same essence. I recently asked The Latest Batch (TLB) chocolate maker, Jay, about chocolate that is made by mi...
  • What Makes 'Industrial Chocolate' Different from 'Craft Chocolate'

    It looks like chocolate. It says "chocolate" on the label.  But is it chocolate? That depends on who you ask. I recently asked The Latest Batch cho...