Cocoatrait offers Chocolate Taster Certifications!

Cocoatrait offers, 1st time in India, Chocolate Taster Certifications in collaboration with IICCT, London!

With an aim of spreading knowledge about fine chocolates, formalizing the chocolate tasting education in India and establishing India in the global fine flavor map, Cocoatrait has collaborated with the International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting, London (IICCT) and announced the Level 1&2 of the chocolate taster’s certification in India in June 2018. IICCT currently offers the certification in 7 countries across the globe including United Kingdom, USA, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“The Chocolate Tasting certificate courses take an interactive approach, exploring the gastronomic senses to awaken and educate our chocolate palates, while taking an in depth look at the fascinating and fast evolving world of small scale fine chocolate making, based on our 25 years of experience tasting and reviewing fine chocolate and exploring the world of fine cacao. The certification program globally brings together professionals to a higher level of understanding of cacao & fine chocolate. We are pleased to partner with Cocoatrait to bring this education platform for the benefit of the enthusiastic and enterprising Indian audience” says Martin Christy, founder of IICCT, London.

This certification course will propel and equip chocolate makers in India to increase the quality in their offering once they understand the flavour nuances of fine cacao and chocolate and help consumers achieve a better understanding of the new world of craft fine chocolate. This course is most beneficial to Chocolatiers, Bakers, Patisserie Chefs, Startups, Entrepreneurs or Chocolate enthusiasts as it helps them differentiate the good from the bad and train on sensory analysis. “We see this collaboration as a giant step forward in bringing India at par with what is currently occurring globally” confides Martin.

Students who take the Level 1 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting Course will learn how to taste origin chocolate bars and will develop an understanding of how cacao is grown and processed, how chocolate is made and how to identify positive and negative notes in fine cacao and chocolate. The Level 1 is a 1 day classroom session and sets the foundation for the next 2 levels of certification. The Level 2 is also being offered and is a 3 day classroom session. Among other tools, we shall be using the below Chocolate Flavour Map during the sessions.

The dates for Level 1 & 2 are from 22nd to 25th June 2018 and priced the same as the global process at Rs 54000 for both the levels together. The level 1 individually is priced at Rs 14000 and are both to be held in Chennai. The details of the courses are available at:

About Martin Christy & IICCT
Martin Christy is a world leader in the field of fine chocolate and fine cacao tasting and evaluation. Through fine chocolate review website Seventy%, the International Chocolate Awards, direct trade organisation Direct Cacao and the International Institute of Chocolate & Cacao Tasting, Martin plays a key role in settings standards and building awareness of fine chocolate with professionals and consumers across the globe.

About L Nitin Chordia & Cocoatrait
L Nitin Chordia is India’s 1st Certified Chocolate Taster. He has been awarded 2 levels of certification at IICCT and has delivered a few Level 1 modules in London. Cocoatrait is an initiative to promote knowledge, production and consumption of fine chocolates in India. Nitin along with his wife Poonam (a trained chocolatier and a Level 1 certified chocolate taster) has initiated Cocoashala, a chocolate school which helps you discover the basics of making chocolate from Bean to Bar and beyond.

You can reach L Nitin Chordia at +919600064846 and