First International Chocolate Tasters’ Forum

Open to Institute alumni, professionals and public

Our first International Chocolate Tasters’ Forum will be held this autumn on 5-6 October 2019 in Florence, Italy. The forum will be a great chance to network with Institute alumni, chocolate tasters, chocolate makers, chocolatiers, bloggers, journalists, chocolate and cacao professionals and enthusiasts. Enjoy a packed program with keynote speeches, breakout sessions, sensory experiences, cocktail launch and Chocolate Tasters’ Party Night.

Current course dates


Level 1 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting

Our foundation course in chocolate tasting, taking a fun, sensorial approach to introduce the subject in one day.

Level 2 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting

Our advanced three day course explores chocolate tasting in more depth, giving you a full knowledge of fine cacao and chocolate and how to evaluate and enjoy the best in fine chocolate.

Cacao Flavour Evaluation & Profiling

Our new certificate Course in Cacao Flavour Evaluation.

Developing the chocolate senses

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 20 years of experience tasting and reviewing fine chocolate and exploring the world of fine cacao.

Upcoming course dates

Level 1 , Hannover

October 25, 2019

Combined Level 1 & Level 2 , Hannover

October 25, 2019 – October 28, 2019

Level 2 , Hannover

October 26, 2019 – October 28, 2019

A new way to taste chocolate

Our new ‘Certificate in Chocolate Tasting’ courses will methodically take your through everything you need to know to gain a real appreciation of the new world of fine chocolate bar tasting, from cacao varieties through to chocolate production methods.

Fine chocolate is fast becoming as sophisticated as wine, so there’s a need for a structured learning course that will help you develop as a chocolate taster over time.