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Award winning Chocolatier

Alejandro Campos

One of Mexico's greatest gift to the world; Chocolate.

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Chocolatier

What is Cacao?

Address

Virtual | Comalcalco Mexico
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Hours

THURS. OCT 22nd - 6 PM Pacific

Phone

(310) 856-5488

Price

$Free (first 20)

Overview

The municipality of Comalcalco, in the southeastern state of Tabasco, boasts the highest levels of cocoa production in Mexico. This region was home to the ancient Olmec and Mayan civilizations, whom introduced the word “kakawa,” or cocoa, to the world. And it is in this region that Wolter Chocolates now cultivates over 66-acres of cacao plantations.

The story of Wolter Chocolates story is one of perseverance and passion for celebrating Mexican fine chocolate making.

It all began when Alejandro Campos and his wife Ana Parizot Wolter, witnessed how tourists appreciated Belgian chocolate while traveling in that country. The couple asked themselves, “how is it that out of the five countries that boasted the best chocolate in the world, not a single one cultivates even one acre of cocoa?”

That question drove them to create something special. Through hard work, Wolter Chocolates has become the most awarded Mexican chocolate maker in the world, being recognized with a total of 54 international awards. Their award-winning chocolate – Quetzalli, contains cardamom and chicatana salt, which is made of ants.

“When you buy a bar of Quetzalli, you're getting a piece of Mexico, a piece of the cocoa. You're not just walking away with a chocolate bar, you're taking a little piece of Mexican history, tradition and culture,” Alejandro Campos, Wolters Chocolate owner said.

Because American fine chocolate consumers are used to importing fine chocolates from Europe, many of them have yet to discover Wolter Chocolates. That’s why Sommtable is proud to partner with Wolter Chocolates to create a virtual experience where you can learn about the art of chocolate making from Mexico’s top chocolatier.

Chocolatier Alejandro Campos

What's This Class About?

Alejandro Campos, Awarded Mexican chocolatier, will explain the differences between regular chocolates and fine chocolates.

Structure:

Owner of Wolter Chocolates and Global Cacao Authority – Alejandro Campos, welcomes you to his award-winning chocolatier to introduce you to the art of chocolate making.

Structure:

• The chocolate making process – starting from the cocoa bean

• How to identify a regular, good, or fine chocolate

Bean to Bar and Tree to Bar as concepts

• Granulometry, color, and innovation in the fine chocolate making process

• About Wolter Chocolates

• Chocolate Bar Tasting (BYOB – Bring Your Own Bar ~ of chocolate that is!)

 

Key things you'll learn in this SommClass?

How does cacao become chocolate?

The seeds of the cacao tree have a bitter taste and must first be fermented to develop flavor. After fermentation the beans are dried, cleaned and then roasted. The shell of the cacoa bean is removed to produce cacao nibs. The nibs are then ground to produce cocao mass or pure chocolate in a rough form.

The difference between generic Chocolates and genuine Chocolates?

Real chocolate always contains cocoa butter which is the fat derived from the cocoa bean. The proper term for fake chocolate is "compound chocolate". Compound chocolate is chocolate without cocoa butter.

Is cacao chocolate healthy?

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.

What does cacao mean?

1 or cacao bean : a dried, fermented, fatty seed of the fruit of a South American evergreen tree (Theobroma cacao of the family Sterculiaceae) that is used in making cocoa, chocolate, and cocoa butter : cocoa bean … polyphenols also make cacao beans taste astringent and bitter.

How is cacao used to make chocolate?

Cacao powder is made from a dried paste of pressed cacao nibs, which concentrates that dark chocolate flavor even further.

Your host

Alejandro Campos

As the owner of Mexico’s most awarded chocolatier, member of The Guild of Fine Chocolate, and judge of the International Chocolate Awards and Academy of Chocolate Awards, Alejandro Campos is one of the most influential voices in the chocolate industry.

His Mission is to elevate people’s palates with fine chocolate.

How to participate

This experience is hosted online.
Once you book, you’ll receive an email with a link and details on how to join.

What to bring

Indispensable

Desktop computer or mobile phone

Stable internet connection

Optional

Chocolates containing only Cacao butter and sugar cane.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Communication

Always communicate through our support email (class@sommtable.com)

ID Please

You’ll need need to confirm you're legally over the age of 21 before accessing the classroom

Guest requirements

You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link and details on how to join will be included in your booking confirmation email.

More tips

Please make sure that you have the Zoom app (www.zoom.us) downloaded on your smartphone, computer, or tablet.

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 48 hours of purchase

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