Earn a Level 1 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting - International Institute of Chocolate & Cacao Tasting
James Beard Award-winning chef, author and chocolate expert, Maricel Presilla, will teach this course in advance of the NW Chocolate Festival. We expect tickets to sell out fast, so make sure to sign up soon. Click here for more information on the IICCT.
Receive a free truffle + 15% off your purchase thru 8/26
Collecting Underwear or Non-Children's DVDs
Contribute items for the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) from the list below and receive a free truffle + 15% off your purchase through August 26.
- New underwear for adults - Underwear is something the DESC has to buy, and the only place they can really afford is a jail house supplier. The underwear is about as comfortable as you would imagine.
Used dvds of non-children's movies - Used DVDs are requested a lot. Many of DESC's housing programs have movie night as a group activity, but they only have 20 films. Also, most residents have a TV in their room, but no cable, so they can only watch DVDs or VCR tapes. DESC's drop-in centers also like to have movies to occupy people's time.
Why are we supporting DESC?
Last February, after the crazy Valentine's Day snowstorm had ended, we gave a portion of our gross sales to the Downtown Emergency Service Center. Seattle had just worked its way through some very cold and snowy weather, but no matter how difficult it was for us, it would be even more difficult for Seattle's large homeless population.
In the process of our research we found DESC and decided it was the organization we wanted to support. The DESC runs a number of Seattle's homeless shelters. It provides integrated services including housing, emergency shelter, crisis intervention and healthcare to thousands of homeless and formerly homeless people every day.
It has a comprehensive approach that supports the homeless on many fronts. Its mission spoke to us.
We asked the DESC what items would be most helpful for a drive, and underwear and used DVDs (non-childrens) were on the list. Help us make a meaningful contribution to this worthwhile organization!
May 15 - 24, 2020
Chief Chocophile Lauren Adler leads a chocolaty tour of Ecuador.
We've joined forces with Global Family Travels for a culturally immersive chocolate experience in Ecuador, a fascinating country with stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures. We will learn about cacao growing and chocolate making from passionate farmers who are committed to preserving Ecuador’s renowned nacional cacao varietal using sustainable agricultural practices while we enjoy some of Ecuador's cultural landmarks. Learn more.
Every Saturday, 11:00am-3:30pm and every Wednesday 1:00pm-6:00pm
Join us every Saturday and Wednesday for free chocolate happy hours. We'll pick a theme each week and provide samples around that theme. This is a great opportunity to sample the many bars in our collection and figure out what you like. It's also a really fun afternoon and a great way to meet other chocolate lovers!
Saturday, August 24 and Wednesday, August 28
Theme: Belize, Maya Mountain Cacao
As Lauren was reviewing her past blog posts she came across some of her favorite missives from her trip to Belize in 2014. She and her husband, Mark, visited Maya Mountain Cacao, whose central fermentary was steps from their bungalow at the Cotton Tree Lodge in the Toledo District of Belize. She was prolific in her writing about her first trip to a cacao-growing country.
In honor of some of her favorite posts, we'll be sampling bars made with cacao from Maya Mountain. Tastes include bars from Dandelion, Dick Taylor and Charm School Chocolate.
Read Lauren's Belize Blog Posts:
You'd Better Belize it! My cacao adventures in the jungles of Belize
A Visit to Hummingbird Farm in Belize
Eladio Pop: A Motivational Mayan Cacao Farmer
How to Make Mayan Drinking Chocolate
The Best of Intentions Not Always Enough: The First-Hand Perspective of a Fair Trade Farmer (a.k.a., TCGA, Part 1)
The Challenging Road to Self-Sufficiency for a Fair Trade Association: TCGA, Part II
Organic Cacao with a Triple Bottom Line: The Very Tasty Story of Maya Mountain Cacao
Taza Chocolate: A Small Chocolate Maker with an Outsized Impact
Keep an eye out for events coming soon!
Our guided chocolate tastings provide an opportunity to discover the best chocolate the world has to offer. Similar to a wine tasting, a chocolate tasting provides you with the opportunity to taste and compare chocolate made with cacao from different parts of the world while learning about artisan chocolate and cacao farming and production. Sign up for one of our classes, or book a private event.
Guided Chocolate Tasting Appointment
The appointment starts with a brief tour of the store to learn about how we curate and organize our bar collection. Next, you’ll work with one of our chocolate educators to personalize your tasting, or allow us to select the bars for you. Five bars are included in the price of the tasting, and we will reserve a private conference room for your appointment. During the tasting, your chocolate educator will guide you through the tasting process, where you will learn to use all five senses to savor and evaluate your bars from a variety of cacao-growing regions.
These appointments last about 45 minutes for groups up to 6 people. They are available for booking during store hours only. Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance for a mutually agreeable time.
The fee of $150 includes 5 chocolate bars, the use of a private room, tasting sheets, and a chocolate educator to guide you through the tasting.
Self-guided Chocolate Tasting Appointment
These appointments are available with the purchase of at least $60 worth of bars. One of our chocolate educators will give you a quick tour of the store to show how we curate and organize our bar collection. We will help you pick out bars to personalize your tasting, or we can select the bars for you. We provide tasting sheets to take notes and a quick instruction on how to taste chocolate using all five senses.
These appointments include about 15 minutes of instruction from one of our educators and as much time as you need to complete your tasting. They are conducted in-store for up to 6 people and are available for booking during store hours only. Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance for a mutually agreeable time.
There is no service charge for these appointments, but the price of the bars purchased must be at least $60. We include tasting sheets and instruction from a chocolate educator to prepare you to do the tasting on your own.
Class participants taste 5 single-origin chocolate bars made by the finest small batch chocolate makers and compare them with a childhood favorite. Class ends with a sweet inclusion chocolate and a confection. Classes are $20 per person and last 1 hour. Class participants receive a 10% discount on all purchases made the day of class. Give us a call at 206-282-0776 to sign up for a class.
2019 Class Dates:
Book a Chocolate Tasting Experience
A Chocolopolis Chocolate Tasting is an experience to be shared with colleagues, friends and family in a fun, hands-on environment. Anyone who loves chocolate or appreciates fine wines, coffees, spirits or other craft foods will enjoy a chocolate tasting experience.
Our private chocolate tasting events are a great way to boost team morale or to thank clients. They are also a fantastic way to gather family and friends for milestone occasions such as birthdays and bridal showers, and they are popular as university alumni gatherings.
Chocolate tastings give you and your guests the opportunity to taste and compare chocolate made with cacao from different parts of the world while learning about craft chocolate and cacao farming and production. Appropriate for all ages and occasions, your guests will try a range of chocolate made by small, artisan chocolate makers who specialize in the craft of turning fine, flavor cacao beans into silky, smooth and scrumptious chocolate.
During a one-hour guided tasting you will learn to use all five senses to enjoy and discover the flavor profiles of chocolate from 5 different cacao-growing regions, and to compare them with a childhood favorite. We will explore the rise of the artisan bean-to-bar and craft chocolate movements, and how cacao varietal, fermentation and production techniques influence the quality of chocolate. Our tasting ends with fun, sweet treats.
Class participants receive a 10% discount on purchases made during onsite events, and participants in offsite events receive a coupon for a 10% discount on their next purchase.
Tastings for groups of 10-30 people will be held in one of our community lounges at our store location at the Interbay WorkLofts. You're welcome to book an onsite tasting for fewer than ten people, but the fee will be based on our ten-person minimum.
We offer offsite guided chocolate tasting classes for larger groups and company events. These have proven to be very popular as morale-building events for employees, and as thank-you events for clients. We have done offsite tastings for groups ranging from 10 people to 1,000 people. Offsite events require more preparation, time and travel on our part, so fees for Offsite events begin at $550 and are good for any number of people up to 30 people. Additional fees apply for more than 30 people (please see table, below, for specific pricing). If you would like to host a chocolate tasting for more than 50 people, please contact us to discuss format and pricing. You can reach us at (206) 282-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that there are additional Transportation Fees for venues that are more than 5 miles from our store. If you are located more than 5 miles from our location there will be an additional transportation fee based on distance. If there is no access to free parking at the venue there will be an additional $15 charge to help cover our parking costs.
|Group Size||Onsite Prices|
|Up to 10 people||$300|
|Up to 30 people||$550|
Contact us for pricing
If you are located more than 5 miles from our location there will be an additional transportation fee based on distance to the event venue. If there is no access to free parking there will be an additional $15 charge to help cover our parking costs.
WINE & SPIRIT PAIRINGS:
We welcome wine and spirit pairings with our guided chocolate tastings. Please contact us for information about scheduling a wine/spirit and chocolate pairing. Pairing events must comply with all regulations of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Event planner must present a valid Banquet License two weeks in advance of the event.
We’re also happy to work with you to create customized tasting events tailored to meet your particular needs. Customers have booked chocolate tastings for employee morale events, dinner parties, professional receptions, bridal showers, bachelor parties, birthday parties, and other celebrations. We can also design a chocolate tasting that complements a particular theme or interest.
For example, tastings could spotlight:
Chocolate containing cacao from certain countries or regions (e.g. Mexico, Africa, Southeast Asia)
Chocolate makers from particular countries (e.g. France, Italy)
Chocolate makers focused on fair trade and sustainability
Chocolate with particular flavor profiles (e.g. fruity, earthy, floral)
All dark, milk or white chocolate
All kosher chocolate
The possibilities are endless!
Please call 206-282-0776 or email email@example.com to book a tasting or to discuss specifics of the event you would like to hold.