IICCT Level 2 Certificate in Chocolate Tasting- in person, 18-20 October 2024


EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT available until 10 August 2024

Study for your IICCT Level 2 Chocolate Tasting with Chocolate Educator and International Chocolate Judge Kathryn Laverack.

This three-day intensive training course to progress your chocolate tasting skills  to an intermediate level.  Level 2 introduces the IICCT Flavor profiling system and focuses on the development of tasting and sensory evaluation skills, providing a fuller understanding of fine chocolate and its flavour possibilities.

The course includes half a day taught at the micro-batch chocolate factory with Duffy Sheardown at Duffy’s Chocolate.

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An exciting new opportunity to study in person for your International Institute of Chocolate and Cacao Tasting (IICCT) Intermediate Level 2 course in Chocolate Tasting. The course is held over an intense three days and provides fuller understanding of fine chocolate and its flavour possibilities.

The course and teaching will be led by IICCT Teacher, Chocolate Educator and International Chocolate Judge, Kathryn Laverack and will be delivered at her recently launched teaching and tasting venue at The Mart, in the town centre. Louth is a traditional foodie destination in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is also just a short drive away from Duffy’s Chocolate micro-batch factory. The afternoon of Friday 18th October will be taught at Duffy’s Chocolate (transport will be provided).

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 its elements contribute to flavour development.

The course explores chocolate history with an emphasis on taste and the current chocolate market. Over 30 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 or tablets. You will need to bring your own laptop or tablet to access the system.

The course finishes on the final day with a 60-minute multiple choice exam based on the course content and a 30-minute blind tasting test. Certificates will be issued by IICCT upon achieving a pass mark.

 What’s included

  • Chocolate production including visit to bean to bar maker Duffy’s Chocolate
  • Chocolate types and styles
  • Sensory exploration, practice and physiology
  • Tasting practice and profiling with the IICCT 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
  • Lunch x 3

The course will be examined with an online multiple choice and blind tasting of chocolate samples and will be moderated by the Institute assessors to the usual standards as an accredited FDQ Learning Centre. The course fee includes the cost of the exam registration.

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

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

Entry Requirements

IICCT Level 1 Foundation Course in Chocolate Tasting.

Course Venue

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: email cocoaencounters@gmail.com.

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 further information or a copy of the accessibility statement.

Reasonable and Adjustments and Special Considerations

The IICCT Reasonable Adjustments or Special Considerations Policy is available to download here https://www.chocolatetastinginstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/IICCT-Reasonable-Adjustments-and-Special-Considerations-Policy.pdfCombined Level 1 & Level 2

For further information on the IICCT visit: https://www.chocolatetastinginstitute.org/

Bookings are via the Cademy Website – Use this link to book BOOK NOW   (Do not add to cart)


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