Next Program: June 1 - July 27, 2018
How to register for the Mastering Chocolate Flavor Program:
We have kept the registration fee as low as possible to account for the added cost of the book and the chocolate you'll need for the guided tasting exercises (see the program pre-requisites below for more details).
If you don't have it already, you'll want to have a copy of our book Raising the Bar - The Future of Fine Chocolate before starting the program. We refer to different information in the book to help you with understanding cacao genetics and other information as it relates to what you are studying in the program. The book is available on Amazon in both print and eBook form. eBook versions are also available at: iTunes, Nook Books,Kobo, and Copia.
You'll want to set aside a budget for chocolate bars for your tasting exercises. You'll need from 3 - 4 different chocolates for each tasting assignment and there are five tasting assignments in the program. Once you register for the program, you'll be given the supply list or just email us and we'll get that to you.
When you're ready to register, click either of the following buttons to pay your registration fee of $120.00 US.
Register using Visa, MC or Discover in US Funds:
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Chocolate aficionados and home chocolate artisans!
If you want to become an expert in chocolate flavor, but are not a professional, you are welcome in this program. You register for the program but only complete those assignments that interest you - everything is optional. There is no pressure. We suggest you don't miss participating in Assignment 1, 2 and 4 as they are a lot of fun to do! And you only buy the chocolate supplies indicated for the assignments you want to complete.
What Will I learn?
In this program for professionals and committed aficionados, we'll increase your knowledge of:
Chocolate tasting - exploring different methods for chocolate tasting to educate your tastebuds.
Cacao trees - how genetics and terroir produce specific hard-wired flavors.
Cacao farmers - how post-harvest processes on the farm impact flavor development.
Chocolate makers - how specific manufacturing processes in the factory bring out the best flavors of each bean.
Chocolatiers - how flavors and textures created through recipe development celebrate and enhance pure chocolate flavor.
Be prepared to put that knowledge to the test in a series of guided tasting exercises along the way. That's right, once you start to understand what makes chocolate flavor then the real work begins by tasting chocolate.
We encourage everyone in the program to work together on the optional tasting exercises and share their experiences. We encourage you to participate in the guided flavor discussions and even use our Learning Centre Live Chat function to taste and share your insights with each other in real time.
"Because you are a professional working in the chocolate industry, our goal in this program is to take your tasting skills to the next level by teaching you to taste chocolate consciously and better identify and understand the subtleties and nuances associated with chocolate flavor as they relate to recipe development. Whether you are a chocolatier or a chocolate maker, this interactive 100% online program will help you to use chocolate more effectively in your professional life." Pam Williams
"During this program we'll discuss the four basic concepts that will help you taste chocolate more consciously and knowledgeably: the origins of cacao and terroir as they impact chocolate flavor; how flavor works, both physiologically and in chocolate; the elements that contribute to the flavor of a chocolate and last but not least, how to consciously use your knowledge of taste and flavor to better understand your chocolate and the product you create from it." Rich Tango-Lowy
How our Mastering Chocolate Flavor Program works:
This program is all about tasting chocolate. Over 8 weeks, you will study chocolate flavor and taste many different types of chocolate. As you complete tastings, you'll share your experiences with your Flavor Coach and peers through our interactive, online Learning Centre!
At the end of the program, you will receive a digital Master of Chocolate Flavor Certificate.