CEJE members discover the history of chocolate with Cacao Sampaka

July 3, 2018



A large group of members of the Japan-Spain Business Circle (CEJE) enjoyed a tasting session yesterday, hosted by Cacao Sampaka in its shop on Consell de Cent street, Barcelona. Albert Rius, the CEO of Cacao Sampaka, also a member of CEJE, was in charge of welcoming the members of the Business Circle and adorning the event with a master class on the culture of cocoa, explaining its origins, its treatment, and even revealing a few secrets of the company’s success.

The Cacao Sampaka brand has presence in Japan, with three branches in the Land of the Rising Sun already, situated in Kanazawa, Tokyo and Osaka, and has succeeded in transferring the culture of cocoa and chocolate to Japan. Its raw material is the finest cocoa from Venezuela and Ecuador, which is handcrafted, without using any additives.

Yesterday, those attending could enjoy a sample of chocolate, combined with tequila, whisky and rum. They could choose from a combination of three types of chocolate to pair with the drinks: Xoconusco, real crillolo cocoa originating from Chiapas, México, which was combined with Don Julio tequila, which is smooth and made from 100% agave; Camerón, trinitario cocoa from Cameroon, which was paired with a Scottish whisky from the Talisker family; and La Joya, a white crillolo cocoa, that is fruity and fresh and infused with tobacco and liquorice, which was matched with Zapaca rum from Guatemala.

The event ended with a photo of the associate family and warm wishes for summer to begin. After the summer break, the Business Circle will embark on a fourth quarter full of activities and new events.

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SHACHO KAI Japanese Enterprise Association is a not-for-profit organization that encompasses the non-Japanese leaders and presidents of Japanese enterprises with headquarters in Catalonia, the Valencian Community, and the Balearic Islands.
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