Wednesday, 16 May 2012

William Curley chocolate truffle making classes

 We set out on a chocolate-truffle-making-mission this past Saturday (12, May 2012) at William Curley Patissiers and Chocolatiers in Belgravia. The chocolate making class was taught by master chocolatier Elle Crocker, and participants formulated dark chocolate and chocolate & raspberry truffles from scratch. We made two different types of ganaches, and exceeded the quality control requests by consuming all of them! Our taste buds were dazzled as there were fresh mint truffles, raspberry fruit paste truffles and sea salt caramel truffles for all to indulge. Elle, our master chocolatier, later provided us with a full tutorial on cocoa cultivation and transformation. We had an amazing experience and look forward to going back for the sea salt caramel making! 

 William and Suzy Curley opened their first boutique in 2004 in the leafy suburb of Paved Court, Richmond. They would go on to open their Belgravia boutique on Ebury Street a couple of years later. In July 2011, William Curley chocolate and patisserie concessions became available at world renowned department store Harrods. William took home Britain's Best Chocolatier award by the Academy of Chocolate for five consecutive years from 2007 to 2011. William Curley’s book Couture Chocolate is also available online.
 Carib Gourmet provides exotic chocolate making courses with a Caribbean twist.  More information of our chocolate making classes is available here

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Speaking about Guadeloupe Bonifieur Coffee at RSLOM

We recently set out on a trip to the French capital on a sunny Tuesday morning. Carib Gourmet’s founder Vanessa Bolosier presented the authentic Bonifieur, Guadeloupe’s highly regarded coffee, which is roasted from the finest coffee beans to have ever been cultivated throughout the Caribbean.

Guadeloupe Bonifieur Coffee beans
Upon our arrival, at the RSLOM event at the 6th District Town Hall, we were unexpectedly greeted by some pretty high level MPs and officials from the French overseas regions. 

Christiane Taubira, French MP (left)

Vanessa’s presentation focused on how small planters benefited from cooperative initiatives and sustainable development. Issues such as climate change were also covered, which were followed by a reportage which showcased the different processes of harvesting the Bonifieur coffee; which she had documented during her previous visits to Guadeloupe coffee plantations. Special thanks to Mrs Maximin  of the RSLOM for inviting us to this wonderful event and we look forward to coming back again next year.

More on Guadeloupe Bonifieur here