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Nov 8th


Nov 9th

8:00am - 6:00pm

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The NW Chocolate (Un)Conference is a professional gathering that utilizes dialogue and shared information to solve challenges in the chocolate industry.

All Professionals of the Cocoa, Cacao, Chocolate Manufacturing Industry and Trade Are Welcome and Invited to Attend the (Un)Conference 2018.

The 5th Annual NW Chocolate (Un)Conference, a global gathering of Industry Professionals is hosted in Seattle, Washington.

2018 Conference Schedule

Thursday, November 08, 2018
Registration: 8:00AM
Networking Hour: 8:00AM-9:00AM
Welcome Opening: 9:00AM

Session 1: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Sensory Analysis of Coffee Scoring (Q Grader) System
Hacking Craft Chocolate Making Session 1
Design Lab: The Sustainable Chocolate Company
The Science of Sugar for Chocolate
Countries in Conflict: How to be an Ally in Cacao

Chocolate Tasting: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Session 2: 2:00PM-3:00PM
FCCI Protocol for Cacao Grading
Inside Tips: Retail Ready Products, Pricing, Packaging
Build a Brand, Make an Impact, Be Authentic
Shop Talk About About Machines
Round Table: Organizing The Craft Chocolate Industry
Investment Strategies for Chocolate Companies

Session 3: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Roast Techniques / Flavor Development for Cacao
Fermentation 101: Introduction to Principles for Cacao
Design Lab: Packaging for Chocolate
Applied FCCI Protocol to Cacao Beans On-Site
Cacao Beans For Craft Chococlate On Display
Sourcing Practices for Craft Chocolate

Happy Hour: 5:00PM-6:00PM

Friday, November 09, 2018
Networking Hour: 8:00AM-9:00AM
Welcome Opening: 9:00AM
Spotlight Presentation: Building a Culture of Innovation

Session 1: 10:30AM-12:00PM
Introducing a New Score System for Finished Chocolate
Hacking Craft Chocolate Making Session 2
Innovate Now For Success
Chocolate Tempering Science & Tips
Awards: benefits and winning strategies
Crushing the Status Quo – the power of Women in Chocolate

Chocolate Tasting: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Session 2: 2:00PM-3:00PM
Chocolate Finished Product Sensory Evaluation
Hacking Craft Chocolate Making Session 3
Building a Workforce
Fermentation Science
Sustainability in Chocolate: Practical Applications
Quality Assurance: Achieving Consistency with High Volume Production

Session 3: 3:30PM-5:00PM
Factory Design: Chocolate Equipment and Machines
Learn to Control the Variables in Chocolate Making
Financial and Business Planning for Craft Chocolate
The Future of Craft Chocolate

Happy Hour: 5:00PM-6:00PM

Join us for Participant Driven Dialogue on the Chocolate Industry focused on the challenges of sustainable chocolate making, cacao farming, equipment manufacture, cacao import and cacao export, product marketing, and retail sales.

We work to create the future for artisan chocolate.

The (Un)Conference is a Global Summit of participant driven conversation in conjunction with special workshops held across two days, every session filled with professionals committed to developing new pathways to collaborate and communicate within the chocolate industry.

We invite you, as a professional, to meet and discuss the ways you may work collaboratively to build the future for the chocolate industry.