2021’s Best Craft Chocolate Advent Calendars

October doesn’t just mean Halloween or Day of the Dead; it’s also time to order your chocolate advent calendars! This year, we found the absolute best and most beautiful chocolate advent calendars by top chocolatiers of fine and craft chocolate around the globe. We do this every year! Our 2021 list highlights 5 brands that have beautiful options: Vosges, Playin Chocolate, Hotel Chocolat, Harry & David and Zotter Chocolates. Which one is your favorite?

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Chocolate Heir Helped Create One of the Best Vacuum Cleaners?: The Amazing Story of Fry and Dyson

What do chocolate and vacuum cleaners have in common? Turns out, if you’re Dyson, quite a lot. This week, we stumbled upon Tim Ferris’s latest podcast episode (listen here) — a lively interview with Sir James Dyson. Within the first 10 minutes of the episode, you very quickly learn: Jeremy Fry, as in Fry’s Chocolate (Cadbury), helped Dyson to become the inventor that he is today. So, it’s fair to argue that chocolate, more specifically, the world’s oldest chocolate bar company (1866!), helped create the incredible Dyson brand.

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The Luxurious Chocolate Landscape of LetterPress Chocolate

This article was first published in 2017 and updated in August 2021.

The LetterPress Chocolate Small Batch, Bean to Bar chocolate bar, 70% Tanzania Kokoa Kamili, is worth writing home about. This fruity, tart, and exciting bar left Time Cupsoul wishing for more. This is some chocolate that’s worth tasting!

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“Approximately a ten hour drive from Tanzania’s main city of Dar es Salaam, Kokoa Kamili is based in the village of Mbingu (Kiswahili for Heaven) in the Kilombero Valley area of the Morogoro region bordering the Udzungwa Mountain National Park. Mbingu is fairly rural with no access to electricity or tarred roads for about sixty kilometers.”

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How-To Find More “Slow Living,” Calm & Creativity in a City Like Washington, DC

Experiencing the design and lifestyle of coffee and chocolate can nourish serenity, escape, creativity and inspiration — what we call a “time cupsoul.” Everyone has time for a cup of coffee, but silence is the new luxury.

How can you find more silence — time cupsouls — in a world capital city like Washington, DC? Read our list of more than 10 actionable ideas.

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4 Ethical Wooden Coffee Tables for Those Morning Lattes in Your Living Room

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Many of us are still working from home as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. So, in an on-going effort to create a coffee shop aesthetic at home, here’s a collection of our favorite ethically-made wooden coffee tables. These tables simply beg, “place your latte here”! Don’t forget a coaster for those iced cold brews 🙂

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The Best Coffee Shops in Dupont Circle, Washington DC

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Dupont Circle, Washington, DC is near and dear to our hearts. A small district in DC that covers a trapezoid-like area just north of downtown, Dupont has a lot of charm. From the white water fountain in the circle, to independent bookstores, a modern art museum, and the Sunday farmer’s market that’s one of the best in the city, Dupont Circle is a perfect place to find some specialty coffee shops that dot the bustling streets when you’re touring the District!

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A Very Vosges Valentine: Unboxing the Alchemy of Egypt Chocolate Collection

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Vosges Chocolate “Alchemy of Egypt” Heart Box

Happy Valentine’s Day from Washington, DC ❤️ This is the Vosges Chocolate Alchemy of Egypt heart box, inspired by the deities, goddesses and queens of Egypt, and it is *stunning*. Vosges is truly the most luxurious chocolate on the market — the Rolex, Dior, Mercedes-Benz of cacao. This morning, we chose the Cleopatra bonbon, “Macedonian honey, figs and dark chocolate of 62% cacao are rolled in crispy white poppy seeds imbued with turquoise algae.” It’s incredible. This chocolate, dare we say, does Cleopatra justice. (If you’re interested in learning more about Cleopatra, the book pictured here is a fantastic primer to “the alchemist” herself.) You can buy this chocolate box or another collection, here. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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