Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society – A Day in the Life of a Ghana Cocoa Farmer

Ghana grows and exports 20% of the world’s cocoa, making it the second largest exporter of cocoa beans after Ivory Coast. While it grows cocoa, very little of the cocoa is processed into chocolate in country. Ghana cocoa farmers are dependent upon a luxury item that they rarely get to taste themselves. They work hard so that we can enjoy chocolate. Their lives are not easy and they have very little.

Join Chocolopolis Chief Chocophile, Lauren Adler, who recently returned from a trip to Ghana. She will share a slide show and talk about her visit to Ghana and her interaction with Ghana cocoa farmers.  After her presentation we will taste chocolate made in Ghana, including one of the first small-batch, craft chocolates.

What is the Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society? It’s a gathering of chocolate lovers that meets once a month for both formal and informal chocolate tastings. Meetings are open to all chocolate lovers.

About Lauren Adler

Lauren Adler is the Founder and Chief Chocophile of Chocolopolis, a chocolate retail store in Seattle and online at www.chocolopolis.com that offers hundreds of craft chocolate bars. A pioneer in the craft chocolate industry, Lauren opened Chocolopolis in 2008 at the beginning of the craft chocolate movement as one of the first chocolate retail stores in the US to focus on building a customer community through chocolate tastings, experiences and education.

Lauren is a board member and the upcoming Vice President of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA), a non-profit organization that promotes quality, innovations, ethical sourcing, and best practices in the fine chocolate industry. She has served on the Education Committee of the FCIA since 2015, and she has been a speaker and panelist at numerous FCIA conferences.

In addition to her work for the FCIA, Lauren was a featured speaker and workshop leader at the Dallas Chocolate Festival in 2018 and at the Northwest Chocolate Festival from 2010 through 2018. She served as a judge for the bean-to-bar chocolate competitions at the Good Food Awards (2015 & 2016) and at the Northwest Chocolate Festival (2010 – Present), and she is a co-Founder of the Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

We welcome any chocolate lovers who are at an age where they have the ability to taste chocolate in a thoughtful way and contribute to the group discussion.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Our event is being held at Chocolopolis at the Interbay WorkLofts. There is a parking lot (behind a chain link fence) on the south side of the Interbay WorkLofts where you may park after 5pm.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have questions you may dm the organizer on Twitter @pnwchocsociety or send us a message on our Facebook page.

What’s the refund policy?

We are able to provide refunds until seven days before the event. If you are not able to attend, you are welcome to give your ticket to someone else.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a guest list if you don’t bring your ticket.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

It is okay.


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