| December 4, 2009

A great time was had by all today at CAFFE VITA Capitol Hill, where once a month we host our FREE coffee and chocolate tasting with THEO Chocolate.

Today we cupped some exceptional coffees from Ethiopia, Peru, Papua New Guinea and Panama along side some delectable chocolates from THEO. THEOS cacao roaster, Nathan brought with him some 100% cacao from Madagascar, 84% cacao from Ghana and the always delicious coffee and cream chocolate.

The Fair Trade/Organic coffee from Peru stood out in this heavy weight arena with complex aromas of citrus, dark sun ripe berry, vanilla, cocoa and baking spice. A well balanced, medium bodied coffee boasting opulent flavors of tangerine, cocoa, and honey with a snappy brightness throughout the lingering, candied finish.

Pairing the coffees and chocolates proved to be quite challenging and all combinations seemed to spark myriad conversations. It was great to hear everyones feedback about the different combinations and the dialogue generated about the truly subjective nature of such an exercise. The result of this session was a lot of smiles and discussion leaning towards the similarities and differences in tasting, sourcing, roasting and serving world class coffee and chocolate.

Thank you to all who participated today and especially to Nathan from THEO Chocolate for providing the amazing chocolate. It is always a pleasure to taste these wonderful chocolates from THEO and have someone with the knowledge, passion and expertise such as Nathan to discuss the processes involved in the world of cacao and chocolate.

Please visit us at CAFFE VITA Capitol Hill-1005 E PIKE ST -EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY at 10 AM for our FREE coffee cupping.

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