The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival arrived in Honolulu. Their program included dinners with renowned chefs, educational workshops and entrepreneurial panels. I had signed up for a chocolate and coffee pairing prior to arriving to Hawaii.
The ‘Like Coffee for Chocolate’ workshop was to be directed by Pete Licata, second place winner of the World Barista Championship in Bogotá, Colombia. I had researched Pete and was excited to partake in the workshop. Not to mention that I enjoy coffee and Love chocolate (notice the capital ‘L’), so I knew I was in for a treat.
Throughout the workshop Pete as well as other experts in chocolate and coffee related matters, presented the audience with pairings, discussions regarding brewing methods, presentations about microclimates in Hawaii as well as interesting original recipes.
My personal favorite recipes on the pairing menu were:
Cold brewed coffee w/ pomegranate, lemon, fresh ginger syrup
Dark chocolate mousse w/ a passionfruit heart and macadamia nut crunch
The workshop was informative, interesting and delicious! Needless to say, I was wired for the remainder of the afternoon!