The Slow Melt: A podcast about chocolate
About This Show
The first podcast to cover the continuum of chocolate, The Slow Melt uses chocolate as the thick, delicious lens through which to explore the world—from flavor and physiology to chemistry and conservation, from global markets and gender to climate change, social justice and beyond—highlighting the people, places and processes behind this $100 billion industry. By better understanding chocolate, we can better appreciate it, more easily identify what we love, and support the makers and producers that create those kinds of bars.
The Slow Melt is hosted and written by journalist and author Simran Sethi. Guests include farmers, conservationists, manufacturers, tasting experts, scientists, social justice advocates, chocolate purveyors and, of course, award-winning chocolate makers.
Learn more at theslowmelt.com.
Most Recent Episode
Preview of Makers Series 6: Cacao Hunters
5 days ago
Cacao Hunters was founded in 2013 by Carlos Ignacio Velasco and Mayumi Ogata and is based in Popayán, Colombia. The company is dedicated to finding, preserving and promoting heirloom varieties of cacao in indigenous and post-conflict regions of Colombia. Currently, it supports more than 1,500 cacao families growing cacao throughout the country. In this episode, Carlos tells us about his start in the coffee industry, finding “hidden treasures” in cacao varieties that have been hidden for years in the Colombian jungles, helping local farmers grow and sell better cacao, and the Japanese elements of his packaging design, inspired by his business partner Mayumi.
Launching August 25, 2017. Please join us in tasting the Arhuacos 72% bar. Learn more at theslowmelt.com. For more information on Cacao Hunters, head to their website (www.cacaohunters.com), and use code “slowmelt” for a 15% discount on all products, including the Arhuacos 72% bar, from now until October 15, 2017. You can also purchase an exclusive bar bundle, including all nine bars featured in the Makers Series, at Chocolopolis.com (in the U.S.; use code “slowmelt” for a 15% discount), and find most of the bars in a subscription box by BeanBarYou.com.au (in Australia).
This episode is brought to you with the kind support of these sponsors:
- Rottar Grinders: Chocolate grinders designed and built by a chocolate maker in the USA. Learn more at www.rottar.com.
- Blue Apron: $30 off your first order with free shipping at blueapron.com/chocolate.
Soundtrack: "Soldier" by The Slackers. Hear more at theslackers.com.