• 3 days
  • Fri - Sun, 18 - 20 Oct 2024
  • 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Louth, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
  • £625

Intermediate level course in Chocolate Tasting.


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Course details

In person classroom course from our UK based IICCT school.

An exciting new opportunity to study in person for your Level 2, in the market town of Louth, a traditional foodie destination in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The teaching team will be led by IICCT Teacher and Chocolate Educator Kathryn Laverack and the course will be delivered at her recently launched teaching and tasting venue in Louth town centre. Louth is also just a short drive away from Duffy’s Chocolate factory and a visit to the factory with a talk on micro-batch production is included in the teaching program on the first day of the course (transport provided).

You can travel to Louth by car, bus or train, the nearest railway stations are Grimsby Town, and Market Rasen. Contact Kathryn for any pre-booking enquiries and information on the venue, public transport options, parking and accommodation: cocoaencounters@gmail.com.

For general location information visit: https://lovelincolnshirewolds.com/louth

Early Bird price: £565 (bookings received before 10th August 2024)

The afternoon of Friday 18 th October will be taught at Duffy’s Chocolate in Cleethorpes (transport will be provided).

The course will be examined with an online multiple choice and blind tasting of chocolate samples and will be moderated by our Institute assessors to our usual standards as an accredited FDQ Learning Centre. The course fee includes the cost of the exam registration. No reduction can be offered in the event of not passing the course and retakes can be taken online and will be charged at 100€ (incl. VAT).

Lunch is provided. Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

Please note: the venue for this in-person course is situated on the second floor of a Victorian building, which does not have a lift. Please contact the Course Provider for a full Accessibility Statement for the venue.

The IICCT Reasonable Adjustments or Special Considerations Policy is available to download here.

Level 2

About the course

The Level 2 intermediary course explores the world of fine and origin chocolate in greater depth, looking in detail at the styles of different chocolate makers and different approaches to chocolate making, from micro-batch to large scale. Treatment and flaws in cacao are examined as well as the chocolate production chain and how these contribute to flavour.

The course explores chocolate history with an emphasis on taste and the current chocolate market. Over 25 chocolate bars and samples are tasted, with repeat tasting, profiling and blind tasting to gain a full understanding.

Level 2 introduces the Institute’s online chocolate profiling system, which will be used throughout the course working with laptops of tablets. Spare tablets will be provided if you are unable to bring your own device.

The course is held over an intense three days, or a two week programme of webinars and self study, and provides fuller understanding of fine chocolate and its flavour possibilities.

The course finishes on the final day with a 30 minute multiple choice exam based on the course content and a blind tasting test. Certificates will be issued upon achieving a pass mark.

Entry requirements

Pass in Level 1 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting.

If you do not yet hold a Level 1 Certificate, you may take Level 1 as a block with Level 2 in our Combined Level 1 & 2 courses.

What's included
  • Chocolate production
  • Chocolate types and styles
  • Sensory exploration, practice and physiology
  • Process chain tasting – bean to bar
  • Tasting practice and profiling with our online system
  • Cacao production, quality and flaws
  • Understanding and tasting flaws in cacao and chocolate
  • Cacao farming and economics
  • Chocolate history from a taste perspective
  • Take away study guide
  • All the chocolate and sensory samples you will need*
  • Certificate for exam passes
Who should take this course?

This course would be perfect for you if:

  • You’ve began your chocolate journey, but you want to know more
  • You’re a professional in the catering/pastry/fine chocolate industries and want to develop a full sensory understanding
  • You are considering launching a fine chocolate business
  • You want the ultimate, intensive gift the chocolate fanatic in your life
  • You want to develop your tasting skills towards a professional level