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Lauren's Story
Lauren Adler, Chocolopolis FounderPopping a square of Bonnat Madagascar chocolate into her mouth, Chocolopolis founder Lauren Adler was surprised to find bursts of fruit taking over her senses as the chocolate melted in her mouth. It was a moment of epiphany! Lauren had never tasted chocolate quite like this. It was incredibly fruity and wonderful, not bitter as she had expected, and its complex flavors lasted well after the chocolate had melted. Lauren was intrigued by everything about the chocolate. Its flavor, its geographic origins, its French makers, and its siblings, who lined the shelves with names like Ceylan, Equateur and Puerto Cabello.

Despite her lifelong love of chocolate, Lauren discovered that she had never tasted the best chocolate had to offer. She'd spent years eating chocolate full of sugar, oils, and other ingredients that masked the true flavor of the beans (and probably for good reason).

Her chocolate epiphany sent Lauren on a research tear. She scoured the Seattle Public Library for interesting books about chocolate. Mort Rosenblum's book, Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light, was the first title she read, and a fortuitous one at that. It introduced her to the world of fine artisan chocolate and all the key players.

Lauren continued her chocolate education with Chloe Doutre-Roussel's book, The Chocolate Connoisseur, and then decided to read all of the books in Chloe's bibliography. Her head full of thoughts about aroma, appearance, taste and feeling from books on perfume and wine, Lauren approached her chocolate tasting with a new zeal. She attended seminars with guest speakers such as Gary Guittard and Frederick Schilling (Dagoba founder), hanging on their every word as if they were celebrities.

Lauren had found her calling. She decided to start a company, Chocolopolis, to educate chocolate lovers about the finer points of bean-to-bar artisan chocolate. Join her in an exploration of the world of chocolate through a chocolate tasting event or a chocolate gift basket. The chocolate lovers in your life will thank you!