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  • 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...
  • The Best Time To Visit Costa Rica

    I (Ben) just got back from a 10-day trip to Costa Rica... I played tourist. I met interesting people. I played tour guide. I spent time with old f...
  • Sugar: The Five-Letter Word in Chocolate Everyone's Afraid to Talk About

    A lot of food and beverage companies won't talk about it. It has become taboo. And some think it's best to ignore the topic entirely. At The Lates...
  • Milo And His Costa Rican Farm La Botánica

    Milo went to Costa Rica as a soul-searching surfer…But now, hundreds of people see him as an ecological architect.Milo bought a cattle pasture in C...
  • Jay's Not a Magician... But with Chocolate, He Comes Close

    In 2018, we tasted A LOT of chocolate...Almost all of it was made in small batches by artisanal chocolate makers. And almost all of it included to...
  • Why we LOVE ingredients from Villa Vanilla

    At The Latest Batch, we’re picky...We source all of our ingredients from Costa Rica. And not just any farm will do. You see, we believe in the val...
  • The Simple and Fulfilling Art of Tasting Chocolate

    You’ll discover flavors you didn’t know existed. You’ll be surprised and delighted. You’ll enjoy your chocolate so much more.....
  • The Three Reasons We Started a Chocolate Company

    The general population doesn’t appreciate fine-flavor chocolate, yet. They don’t understand why craft chocolate rightfully costs so much more than commercial “candy” chocolates (which usually have very little, low-quality cacao).....
  • Here's the Truth about Chocolate's Health Benefits - Seven Major Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

    There are hundreds of studies proving chocolate (cacao – the main ingredient that makes chocolate) is healthy for you.....
  • How Cacao Gives Chocolate Its Flavor

    It’s one of the most delicious fruits you’ve never tasted on its own… And when it comes to chocolate, it's the star of the show.
  • The "Champagne Region" of Chocolate

    Ben and Blanca founded CocoaEthika in 2012. And they have a grand vision. They want to create an appellation for cacao and chocolate in that region…