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Cocoatrait and IICCT-London tie up for chocolate tasting certification
Thursday, 18 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Cocoatrait has collaborated with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (IICCT), London for Level 1 and 2 of the chocolate certification in India. The training is slated to commence in April 2018.

Currently, IICCT certification is available in seven countries, namely the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Martin Christy, founder, IICCT said that the chocolate tasting certificate course would take an interactive approach, exploring gastronomic senses to educate chocolate palates while taking an in-depth look at the fast-evolving world of small-scale fine chocolate making.

“The certification programme globally brings together professionals to a higher level of understanding of cacao and fine chocolate. We are pleased to partner with Cocoatrait to bring this education platform for the benefit of enterprising Indian audience,” he added.

Further, the certification course will propel and equip chocolate business to reach out to increase the quality offerings once they understand the flavour nuances of the fine cocoa and chocolate. It will help consumers achieve better understanding of the new world craft fine chocolates.

The course, according to Christy, is beneficial to chocolatiers, chefs, bakers, patisserie chefs and start-up entrepreneurs as it will help them train on sensory analysis.  

“We see this collaboration with Cocoatrait in India as a giant step forward in bringing India on par with what is currently occurring globally,” he added.

“Students taking up the Level 1 certificate in chocolate tasting course will develop an understanding of how cocoa is grown and processed,” Christy said.

“The Level 1 and 3 is a one-day classroom session and sets the foundation for the next two levels of certification. Level 2 is also being offered and is a 3-day classroom session,” he added.

India is a fast-growing market for fine or craft chocolate makers and traditionally, chocolate has never been looked at as a serious product or ingredient.

“We will try to keep the fees for the certification as standard across the globe, and Cocoatrait chief Nitin L Chordia will be working towards achieving that the balance in India,” said Christy.
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