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Saturday, November 11 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Global Differences in Cacao Production for Craft Chocolate (Panel Discussion)

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This panel brings together cacao producers from different regions around the world, including the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Africa.  The panel will discuss the similarities and differences in cacao production from the various regions and how the global differences provide distinct advantages/disadvantages in selling to the craft chocolate market.

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Simran Bindra

Director, Kokoa Kamili
Simran is one of the two founders of Kokoa Kamili - a company in Tanzania that is bringing a new business model to the cocoa sector. By focusing on producing fully traceable, fine flavour cocoa, we are able to ensure that we can pay our farmers far above market pricing for our beans... Read More →
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Greg D'Alesandre

Chocolate Sourcerer, Dandelion Chocolate
Greg has been working with chocolate for over twenty years, and making chocolate for the last decade. He started making liquid nitrogen truffles in college with "borrowed" equipment from the physics lab. He's been with Dandelion Chocolate for 5 years as partial owner and Chocolate... Read More →
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Dr. Charles Kerchner

Co-Founder, Reserva Zorzal, Dominican Republic
Dr. Charles Kerchner is co-founder of Reserva Zorzal, a 1,000 acre bird sanctuary and organic cacao farm in the Dominican Republic. He has worked for 15 years with cacao growers developing innovative mechanisms, including selling select cacao bean varietals to artisan chocolate makers... Read More →

Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal Pier 91 Seattle 2001 W. Garfield Street, Seattle WA 98119