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November 19, 2018

Yohans Gozal: The Story of Kilo Bali and Krakakoa

A moment with Chef Yohans Gozal of Kilo Bali The month of November brings with it an exciting collaboration between Kilo Bali and Krakakoa. Since opening its doors in September 2014, Kilo Bali has been treating guests to a range of special dishes created with local ingredients and produce. The restaurant, situation in Seminyak’s bustling Jalan Drupadi, aims to create experiences that captivate the diner’s imagination and palate. Today, we take a moment with Chef have Yohans Gozal who is a chef from Kilo Bali to learn about here with us to share his creative process, and his thoughts on […]
August 10, 2018

The Roots of Indonesian Cacao

Over the years, chocolate has become one of the most favorite delicacies across the globe. The cacao tree, as the main source of cacao beans, became a sought-after crop and hence, cultivated in different regions, particularly in the countries near the equator including Indonesia. Indonesian cocoa beans are classified into three categories: Criollo, Forastero, and Trinitario. Criollo – Recognized as the highest quality cocoa bean in the world, though it yields lower compared to other cocoa bean types. Forastero – The most commonly used variety of cocoa, making up 90% of the world’s production. Trinitario – Known as the finest […]
August 1, 2018

The History of Chocolate

Chocolate is among the food products people mostly crave, treasure, and enjoy. White, plain, or dark, there are virtually countless ways to enjoy its sweetness and rich taste. An additional bonus is the incredible chocolate health benefits, which researchers have studied and proven to be true. But how exactly did chocolate come to life? Let us walk you through the roots and milestones of your favorite sweet treat. Place of Origin Back in 500 A.D., cacao beans were consumed by the ancient Mayan people. Several years later, the beans were further developed for other purposes such as drinks by the […]
July 2, 2018

Food Face-Off: Dark Chocolate vs. Milk Chocolate

The fact that chocolate brings staggering health benefits is another reason to love it even more. Aside from being a comfort food, it boosts brain function, reduces risk of diabetes, lowers cholesterol, and helps the body cope with inflammation. Its many antioxidants protect the skin against free radicals and even UV rays. However, not all chocolates are the same. To experience any of these benefits, you need to eat the type that’s packed with nutritious content. Let’s compare the most common types: dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Components Both dark chocolate and milk chocolate are derived from cocoa beans, the […]
June 29, 2018

5 Things You Ought to Know About Artisan Chocolate

The word “artisan” revives the sense of authenticity, goodwill, and trust from most of us. When it comes to chocolates, it means that the bars are made by hand using pure cocoa butter from sustainable cocoa sources from across the globe. Artisan chocolates go through a meticulous production process. The artisan chocolate production starts by melting the cacao butter. Once melted, it is mixed with multiple fresh ingredients with minimal or zero preservatives to make sure that the end product will have the finest and most exquisite taste unique to artisan chocolates. In general, the making of artisan chocolates is […]
June 27, 2018

Krakakoa: Indonesia’s Best Chocolate Factory

Indonesia is the world’s third-largest producer of cocoa beans. But most of those beans are exported and you’ll be hard-pressed to find any good-quality chocolates manufactured in the country. But with rising incomes, Indonesians have acquired a taste for chocolates. Through the years, cocoa has gained its economic importance due to the fact it’s the base ingredient of the world’s most favorite guilty pleasure – chocolate. In Indonesia, it’s considered as one of the most agricultural products for export. In fact, the Indonesian cocoa market has expanded, thanks to the smallholder farmers’ participation in the last 25 years. Currently, the […]
June 26, 2018

Cacao vs. Cocoa: What’s the Difference?

We all love chocolate – that’s simple. What’s not simple is finding out the difference between cacao and cocoa. A lot of people are still confused about this, thinking both are similar in terms of nature, texture, and contents. As it turns out, they are wrong. Let us break down the differences between both and discover how they affect your health. Physical form Cacao is raw and the purest form of chocolate available in the market since it’s the least processed compared to chocolate bars or cocoa powder. It’s also recognized for having the highest quantities of antioxidants, which are […]
June 25, 2018

The Top 5 Benefits of Chocolate

Got a thing for chocolate? You’d probably love to know that it’s now classified as a superfood. In fact, a lot of studies have proved that chocolate benefits don’t stop at simply satisfying your craving for sweets. Chocolate’s power is derived from cacao, a tropical evergreen tree with beanlike seeds that gives chocolate a distinct taste. Enriched with healthy compounds such as theobromine and flavonoids, the little seeds possess disease-busting properties. All chocolates with 70% cacao content can help the body in more ways than one. Here are 5 sweet chocolate benefits: 1. It’s good for the heart. Give your […]
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