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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Espuma No. 20

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of coffee & chocolate themed articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • News: Govida is sadly closing all 128 of its stores in North America at the end of March 🙁 Read why, here.
  • Local: Have you heard about DC’s Ratzilla? Seen it? Did you hear that DC may get mopeds? Ciao!
  • Trending: Ben & Jerry’s has new flavors (7) topped with chocolate ganache: Whiskey Biz, Chocolate Caramel Cookie Dough, PB Over the Top, Salted Caramel Brownie, Strawberry Topped Tart, Thick Mint and Tiramisu! Yum. Which one will you try?
  • Valentine’s Gifts: Discover Bar & Cocoa’s top picks for Valentine’s Day gifts, here.
  • How-To: Tips from a florist. Increase your sales for Valentine’s Day in 2021!
  • Listening: This podcast episode with Carla Martin on fine cacao and chocolate, what ‘soil’ means, ethical research, and more.
  • Reading: Why you’re more creative in coffee shops. One of the reasons is a moderate level of ambient noise.
  • Reading: Speaking of moderate ambient noise, how does noise affect how people taste bitterness, acidity, sweetness and coffee aroma + how much we’re willing to pay for coffee? A new study explains how. You can read the full paper, here.

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Espuma No. 19

ESPUMA (noun: froth)

a weekly curated collection of coffee & chocolate themed articles, items & thoughts.

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Coffee & Reading the morning paper

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Cyber Monday’s Craft Chocolate Gift Guide

For the Chocolate Purists/Globe Trotters/Adventurists:

Any of these cocoa gift options from Bar & Cocoa may tempt you. The website has new international chocolate bars and gifts what seems like every week! We’re curious about the brand new Heinde & Verre brand. Have you tried it? Free shipping over $60 on US orders and more deals if you spend $150.

For the Chocolate Creatives/Meditators/Dreamers:

We truly are awe-inspired by the Vosges “Haut-Chocolat” brand and creations. Today is the last day for 20% off almost everything (!) and then starting on 12/2, they will have a “Magnificent Seven Days” of sales for SMS subscribers 🙂 Be sure to sign up via the link above.

For the Home/Chocolate and Coffee Kitchen:

Giving one of these glass votive candles might set the holiday “tone” by wafting aromas of warm sugar fig. How about gifting these slippers or these these made-to-order cups? We also like the style of these mugs. The site also has plenty of other gorgeous items for your kitchen, too.

Happy holiday shopping 🙂

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Black Friday Coffee & Chocolate Sales: Espuma No. 13

Espuma: a weekly curated collection of coffee & chocolate themed articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you that are celebrating. We’re sending out this newsletter today to wish everyone all the best and to provide some ideas for tomorrow’s online Black Friday sales. (Some have already started!) If you’re eager for shopping tips, keep scrolling.

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Espuma No. 12

Espuma: a weekly curated collection of coffee & chocolate themed articles, items & thoughts.

JUST THE CAPPUCCINO FROTH. FOR YOUR WEEKEND.

Coffee & Reading the morning paper

  • Local/DC: The brand Via Volcan Coffee, which directly translates to: via the volcano, is now officially open! The Alexandria, VA roastery will serve coffee at the Cleveland Park farmers market on Saturday, the 21st. From their website: “SINGLE ORIGIN COFFEE GROWN ON OUR FAMILY FARM ON THE SLOPES OF THE BARÚ VOLCANO IN THE PROVINCE OF CHIRIQUÍ, PANAMA.” Have you tried their coffee? The Panama “Geisha”?! Here’s their Insta for some on-the-ground info 😉
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Here’s a photo of a volcano, just because they are amazing. Coffee is sourced from some of the globe’s most gorgeous destinations, isn’t it? Photo by Aron Visuals on Pexels.com

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American Chocolate Bar #5: [Vosges Haut Chocolat]

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat has attracted and will keep Time Cupsoul’s attention forever.

The Vosges confections, designed by Katrina Markoff, a Vanderbuilt University and Le Cordin Bleu (Paris), graduate, showcase beautiful branding and constant innovative chocolate creations (chocolate recipes and packaging design). No surprise; Markoff has been named one of the ten best chocolatiers in the world.

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