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May 10, 2019

Gifting the Goodness of the Archipelago

This season of anticipation for the warmth of togetherness that comes with Idul Fitri is one that celebrates the previous month of fasting, a physical and spiritual act that calls for introspection, empathy, and service. The inevitable reunions with family and friends also come with them an exchange of stories, gifts, and food. If you’re short on ideas on what to gift family at upcoming reunions, why not say it with chocolate? Krakakoa chocolates are gifts with true meaning. The tenets that make up the core of fasting month are also the same ones that Krakakoa was founded for: we […]
May 10, 2019

The Chocolate and Coffee Connection

One of life’s simpler pleasures is sipping on an aromatic cup of coffee; and many people who enjoy this pastime often do with a sweet accompaniment, with chocolate coming in first on that list. It is universally agreed-upon that coffee and chocolate make for a great pairing, but have you ever wondered why? Before diving into the flavor profiles of chocolate and coffee, remember that they share similar histories, origins, and processes: they’re both seeds of a tropical fruit that were considered critical commodities at the height of European colonialism before the 20th century, and they continue to remain a […]
April 30, 2019

Earth: More than a Raw Material

Rates of climate change presently plaguing the planet have hit unprecedented numbers. It happens to meet the crossroads of high production amidst resource scarcity, so it is no longer enough for brands to produce products that possess just functionality and artistic value: consumers are increasingly beginning to understand how their their purchases have negative consequences on the planet, and have pressed upon themselves the moral imperative to purchase products with as little carbon footprint as possible. Measurement of carbon footprints has long been regarded as an effective way of determining the direct effects that a product has on the planet. […]
April 19, 2019

Every day is Earth Day

Make no bones about it: Earth Day is more than just a novelty annual event. First celebrated in 1970 following a catastrophic oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara the year prior, generations since have dedicated April 22 to reflect on — and make alterations to — lifestyle choices that have a negative impact on the planet. A measurable yardstick for that impact used by both large industries and individuals is the carbon footprint we leave behind on a daily basis. There also exist more visible markers of environmental degradation caused by human activity: in Indonesia, the acreage of […]
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 […]
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