Chocolopolis Newsletter

The Chocolopolis newsletter usually comes out 1-2 times per week and is filled with information about fine chocolate. We have an educational article about cacao and/or a feature on a chocolate maker. We also provide the latest calendar of events. If you're interested in getting more frequent information about scheduled events, make sure to also sign up for our Events mailing list. You can sign up for both mailing lists here.

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Chocolate Websites We Love

Dr. Kristy Leissle
The Slow Melt
Chocolate Noise
The Chocolate Life
Seventy Percent
Chocolate Alchemy
Fine Chocolate Industry Association
International Chocolate Awards
FCCI: Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute


Cacao Genome Project

USDA/MARS Cacao Genome Project: Motomayor, Juan Carlos et al."The genome sequence of the most widely cultivated cacao type and its use to identify candidate genes regulating pod color", Genome Biology v 14. (6); 2013.
USDA "Sequencing the Cacao Genome"
Cacao Genome Database

Cacao domestication I: the origin of the cacao cultivated by the Mayas.
Heirloom Cacao Preservation


Chocolate Festivals

NW Chocolate Festival
Dallas Chocolate Festival
DC Chocolate Festival
The Big Chocolate Show

Cocoa Industry Groups & Information

International Cocoa Organization
International Cocoa Initiative
World Cocoa Foundation
Government of Ivory Coast Cocoa
Government of Ghana Cocoa
Inaforest, World Agroforestry Centre

Interesting Chocolate Articles

"Chocolate, bioterrorism and the birth of Brazilian Funk: Is a plot to topple the aristocracy to blame for the collapse of cacao in Brazil?", by Megan Giller, (2018)
"Chocolate Labels", from
NY Times: "Picking the Best Bean-to-Bar Chocolate", by Pete Wells
NY Times: "A Taste Test of Chocolate Bars Made from Scratch", Pete Wells Food & Wine Article on Amedei, by Pete Wells
Cocoa Makes a Comeback in Ecuador, by Larry Luxner (June 2009)
Falling Cocoa Yields in Ivory Coast, by Javier Blas, Financial Times (May 2010)