Thanks for celebrating our 8 year anniversary with us!

Thanks to everyone who came to our anniversary party!!  We had an amazing time.  So many wonderful people came out to support us.  It really was touching to see.  We value the community of producers and consumers around us so much and think of each of you with much gratitude.

Special thanks to our very special guests came so far to share their chocolate-

Seneca Klaussen of Lonohana Chocolate

Sunita De Toureill of The Chocolate Garage

Colin Gasko (And Viva and Sabine!) of Rogue Chocolate

The chocolate was delicious and enjoyed by all!

Newsletter September

Summer is holding on a little bit longer and we are now serving

Arbequina Olive Oil ice cream from Salt & Straw at our 13th Ave location. It is a truly remarkable ice cream and one of the best we have ever tasted.

We are proud to be the first establishment in Portland to scoop Salt & Straw outside of their stores!

The olive oil pairs perfectly with all of our drinking chocolates to make a decadent drinking chocolate pour-over.

The warm, rich chocolate combining with the cool, fruity, lightly salted olive oil is transcendent.

Cacao Drinking Chocolate Pourover on Salt & Straw Arbequina Olive Oil Ice Cream

We also

love

Olive Oil ice cream paired with Caffé Vita espresso to make a mean affogato.

Salt & Straw Arbequina Olive Oil Ice Cream with Caffe Vita Espresso

We haven’t made many changes to our menu since we opened almost 8 years ago as we only add something when we feel it is an exceptional addition. Allison Jones wrote a great bit about it in Portland Monthly Magazine here PORTLAND MONTHLY.

Come try this delicious late summer treat.

Feast, the annual food festival here in Portland is this weekend and we are excited to share this newest offering at our 13thAve location to all of the attendees of the Grand Tasting! Visit us in the Bon Appetit tent in Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday and Saturday from 12-5. Tickets available at feastportland.com.
Stop by and try our drinking chocolate ice cream pour over topped with Craque.

 Craque Candied Cacao by Cocanu

Local chocolate wizard Sebastian Cisneros at Cocanú introduces Craque; a simple yet genius and totally addicting new treat in the form of candied cacao nibs. The satisfying crunch and perfect level of sweetness make for ideal snack or as a topping for ice cream, salads, roasted veggies, or really anything you can think of. As a customer said today when tasting “It’s the bacon of chocolate. I don’t really even like chocolate that much and I can’t stop eating these.”

I think we may have a problem on our hands.

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Rogue Balao is back! This is another strong example of Rogue’s control and careful craftsmanship.

Limited availability as always…

P A R T Y ! ! ! !

 Save The Date: Tuesday October 7th 2014 from 6-9pm, for Cacao’s 8 year anniversary PARTY! We are planning to have some very special guests- please mark your calendar to join us!

Thank you as always for your support.
It is amazing to us that we are heading into our 9th year of business,
and we would not have been able to do any of this without you!

Aubrey, Jesse & the Cacao team.

Tasting/Talk with Eagranie Yuh

Meet chocolate guru Eagranie Yuh this Friday 3-5pm at 414 SW 13th Ave location!
Taste a selection of her favorite chocolate and have her sign a copy of
The Chocolate Tasting Kit
Eagranie Yuh's "The Chocolate Tasting Kit"

Eagranie Yuh’s The Chocolate Tasting Kit

 

Eagranie Yuh
We are very pleased to be hosting a tasting and book signing for The Chocolate Tasting Kit from Chronicle Books by Eagranie Yuh. A former chemist and pastry chef, Eagranie has been actively engaged with the craft chocolate movement for many years through her blog thewelltemperedchocolatier.com. Eagranie is a permanent grand jury member of the International Chocolate Awards, and is a senior editor of Edible Vancouver. Eagranie has also been a long time friend and supporter of Cacao. She will be signing her new book/kit, and will present a selection of her favorite chocolates from our collection.  Please join us!!

 

May Events

 We have two events coming up in May!

Friday May 23rd from 3pm-5pm 414 SW 13th Ave -free

                             and 5pm-7pm 712 SW Salmon St. -free

Rob Anderson (founder and maker of Fresco Chocolate) will be joining us once again to present a tasting of his latest bars. Rob is a talented and innovative bean to bar chocolate maker from northern Washington state. We have been working with Rob since he first launched his bars and are proud to have his chocolate in our collection. We are happy to welcome him back!

Eagranie Yuh

Friday May 30th from 3pm-5pm 414 SW 13th Ave  -free

We are very pleased to be hosting a tasting and book signing for

The Chocolate Tasting Kit from Chronicle Books by Eagranie Yuh.   Please join us!!

New Products

Here are a few new things we are excited about right now:

The Rogue Hispaniola is back and this is the best batch yet. Colin Gasko has elicited an intense fruity flavor almost like fruit leather from the Dominican Republic beans, in addition to the familiar flavors of rich cocoa and spice normally found in this bar. This one is addictive and hard to stop eating.

 

Bar Au Chocolat has produced a new origin bar with beans from Marañon Canyon, Peru. You may be familiar with these beans from the Fortunato No. 4 chocolate from Felchlin, but this is a very different treatment and approach. It is a lovely addition to this elegant and surprising collection from Nicole Trutanich.  The chocolate has a challenging and complex flavor set and is worth tasting.

 

If you haven’t tasted the DeVries nib clusters you’re missing out. Jesse seems to be eating most of them as we catch him eating them every day! Caramelized clusters of Costa Rican cacao nibs in rich dark chocolate from Steve DeVries, the founding father of the American craft chocolate movement.

A reminder that we always have samples available of all of our solid chocolate bars -please stop by for a taste!

Look for some exciting new exciting additions to our cafe menu coming soon.