Fine Chocolate Industry Association 


Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2016 was a huge success!

We welcomed 270 attendees who networked with each other, connected with 24 exhibitors in our Gallery Showcase and attended six Table Talks. They also enjoyed the formal program spotlighting Fran Bigelow of Fran's Chocolates, the HCP team for an update and tasting and the Gallery Showcase raffle.  

Much more soon.  Until then, mark your calendars for FCIA's Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2017 on January 21st in San Francisco. 


Upcoming events

    • 09/12/2016
    • 09/17/2016
    • Guayaquil & other cities, Ecuador
    • 19

    Unique Ecuadorian Cacao Experience 
    Developed by ECOM Cocoa Just for FCIA

    September 12-17, 2016
    $995 - single occupancy - one person *
    $1,450 - double occupancy - two people *

    * does not include airfare 

    Our good friends at ECOM Cocoa are offering 10 - 28 members of the FCIA community a unique experience hard to replicate on your own.

    Who will find this tour valuable?

    Bean-to-bar and chocolate makers, bean sourcers, chocolatiers, educators, media and everyone involved in the fine chocolate industry who want to better understand the people and dynamics involved with growing and processing the finest flavor cacao.

    What are some of the highlights you'll experience?

    • Visit Ecuadorian farms to see how cacao has been harvested for generations.
    • Explore how age-old fermentation and drying technology mixed with modern techniques influences and ensures superb chocolate flavor.
    • Visit a demonstration farm in the heart of traditional Nacional country and see what good agricultural practices can do for quality and productivity. 
    • Enjoy a special cocoa dinner you'll talk about for years.
    • Your single/double occupancy fee includes hotels, ground transportation, most meals, special cocoa dinner and tour guide. Airfare is additional.
    • See flyer for daily schedule.
    All this and more packed into a 5-day Ecuadorian cacao experience - just for FCIA members. You'll have experiences available only to those on the ground and led by Kate Cavallin, ECOM's Ecuador Manager. 

    Here's a short introduction to Kate, ECOM and your Ecuadorian experience.

    Reserve Your Spot
    Reserve your spot online by making a 25% deposit by August 10th. Complete payment to be made by August 31st. 

    Cancellation Policy
    Cancel by August 31st for a complete refund minus $20 cancellation fee.  Cancel after August 31st and forfeit deposit.

    For Questions or More Information
    Contact FCIA Executive Director Karen Bryant at: or 206.577.9983.

    Membership Required
    This experience is for FCIA Members. Not an FCIA member yet? We can fix that quickly and easily.  There are membership levels to meet everyone's situation, starting as low as $95.  Check it out at the
    Become a Member page of FCIA's website.

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Executive Director: Karen Bryant / 1.206.577.9983 / Email Karen
For membership and event registration inquiries: Stephanie Bechel / 1.412.241.3172 / Email Stephanie
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