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Chocolate tasting at Kakawa

By Rowan Sinclair-Gregg

It’s a cold, crisp December day, and Janet, Jaeyoon, Sophia  and I can think of nothing we’d rather do than head to local chocolate house, Kakawa.

 

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We have come to try Kakawa’s delicious drinking chocolate, and are welcomed by the shop’s owner, Tony Bennett. He is a convivial host who lets us take a peek at the in-store, climate controlled kitchen and accepts our continual requests to try just one more drinking chocolate flavor.

Tony and Kakawa staff.
Tony and Kakawa staff.

Eventually we each choose a different beverage offered to us in beautiful white and blue painted cups.

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Janet goes with the Chili, one of the Mesoamerican blends.

Janet:  “From the first sip it’s sweet with a spicy aftertaste I feel in my throat. It has a smoky flavor that reminds me of mole sauce!”

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Sophia decides on the Tonanzine drinking chocolate, a contemporary elixir that she describes as “Creamy with sweet floral rose taste. Its less rich than the other blends I tried.”

 

Jaeyoon asks for a mix of the traditional Mayan and the contemporary American.

 

Jaeyoon: “The Mayan chocolate is quite thick, so I mixed it with the American, which added some milk chocolate to soften the taste. You can first taste something floral, it reminds me of mountain flowers- then you can taste the nuts, which contrast the initial flavor. Then its spicy at the end.”

 

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I chose a blend of the Mesoamerican Chili and the American. There are surprising bursts of flavor in the drinking chocolate- at one time it is spicy, at another it is sweet and creamy.  Like Janet, I can feel the spice at the back of my throat, and can really taste the chili.

 

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The consensus is clear, all of the drinking chocolates are delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

The student writing staff of the johnnie chair blog

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