On My Mind …

I first encountered Shawn in mid-2005, before he made the commitment to get into the chocolate business. I spent a week with him a couple of months later in Ecuador and then a few months after that on his first bean buying trips in Mexico and Venezuela. More than anyone in the chocolate, I think, Shawn is not just talking the talk, he’s walking the walk and doing meaningful works to support the growers he buys from. Watch and learn why.

October 10, 2011

The Chocolate Chronicles is happy to welcome Kerstin Roos, her husband Cyrus Shaoul, and children Darius and Ilona as they chronicle their around-the-world adventures – with an emphasis on cacao and chocolate. From Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the family visited me in New York before heading off on their ten-month tour that starts in Paris and includes stops in Madagascar, Indonesia, and Central and South America and the Caribbean.

You can read Kerstin’s bio by clicking on the link under Contributors and you can jump quickly to all her posts by clicking on the Kerstin post category.

Do you have a chocolate adventure (doesn’t need to be a world trip – it could be starting up a business or some other topic) that you’d like to chronicle? Get in touch.

September 18, 2011

Inspirational quote for the week: “No one can go back and make a brand new start, but anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

One of the things that I have noticed is that many people in chocolate did not start there – they’ve come to chocolate as second, third, or even fourth careers. There’s something about chocolate that excites, entices, and draws people to it. Not just to eat it, but to participate in creating something that people enjoy sharing.

September 15, 2011

It was almost exactly two years ago when I first started thinking about The Chocolate Chronicles.

Inspired by a small group of close friends, including Vanessa Barg of Gnosis Chocolate, the idea came to me to create a hybrid between a straight blog (like the old chocophile.com) and a community (like TheChocolateLife.com) in order to focus on what “The Chocolate Life” had come to mean to me—and to actualize it.

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans” and my so-called life definitely got in the way of moving forward on breathing life into The Chocolate Chronicles. It’s easy to find excuses for not doing something, but with some recent learning I’d done working on web projects for others, I realized that one of my main reasons for letting The Chronicles fall by the wayside was that I’d made a poor technical decision. Now—armed with better understanding—the underlying tech is easier to manage and it’s now a lot easier to manage my vision for how to make The Chronicles work.

This new Chronicles combines a blogging platform for sharing my Chocolate Life, while enabling others who are engaged in their own journeys of Chocolate Discovery to easily share theirs.

Interested in Chronicling your Chocolate Life? Drop me a line.

:: Clay