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Certified Chocolate Maker
You have clicked on my Certified Chocolate Maker badge.
This badge represents not only my passion for fine chocolate craftsmanship but also my successful completion of a formal education in art of making chocolate.
It celebrates the high level of knowledge and skills I obtained while training as a chocolate maker. These became the foundation for a career in chocolate.
My use of the badge certifies that:
I understand cacao cultivation and processing practices on a detailed level and how those factors impact the unique flavor of each chocolate I manufacture. I know that survival of cacao bio-diversity and value provides economic, social, and environmental benefits to farmers and their communities.
I appreciate the importance of cocoa bean sourcing, including understanding cocoa bean origin, sourcing consistent suppliers, understanding cocoa sustainability as well as organic and fair-trade issues in order to ensure quality and traceability.
I constantly develop my chocolate making skills and techniques in order to transform cocoa beans into a perfect chocolate from my own point of view. This includes training my palate in identifying cocoa bean flavor based on a formal and detailed tasting regimen.
I understand the chemistry of chocolate and how its chemical properties determine a chocolate's performance when used in different techniques. I am familiar with the cocoa manufacturing process and the equipment that supports it.
I have experience in professional chocolate making skills and techniques including tempering and molding. I am knowledgeable about the equipment used to turn dried cocoa beans into flavorful, high-quality chocolate. I also may create chocolate products tailored to a variety of ethical and dietary choices.
I respect my customers and their intelligence by being open about where my ingredients are from, how they are processed and how I process my chocolate products. I keep my product labels, promotional materials and marketing messages accurate and don't make claims that I cannot support.
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