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Cocoa of Bruntsfield
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174 Bruntsfield Place and 71 Broughton Street.
0131 228 4526

The award-winning Edinburgh Chocolatier which recently won two Great Taste Awards 2014 for chocolate bars - one star for the Gin & Tonic bar and two stars for its Rose & Black Pepper bar has re-launched its Bruntsfield shopfollowing a rebrand and refit.

The sophisticated new look features striking black and white art deco style lettering. Coco Chocolate Managing Director and Proprietor Calum Haggerty, who took over the business last July, explains the philosophy behind the re-brand, which has coincided with Coco Chocolate's 10th Anniversary of successful trading in the capital:

"We are delighted to introduce the new look of our Bruntsfield shop, with its sleek and modern fittings and improved range of products, in time for Christmas 2014 trading," said Calum, who heads up the business from Headquarters at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

 "Coco Chocolate has spent the last ten years setting out its stall in the capital as somewhere to come for high quality chocolate; innovative flavour combinations and Edinburgh's best Hot Chocolate. The business has achieved the accolade of becoming Edinburgh's leading chocolatier with award winning products and many significant connections with other artisan producers such as Pickerings Gin, Artisan Roast and The Dalmore Whisky," he said.

Coco Chocolate is also introducing new exciting packaging for its products. and an increased range of chocolate making experiences at both shops 

"There is a huge interest in artisan chocolate making at the moment, said Calum. "It's not just learning about the skills involved to make the actual chocolates such as tempering, but people want to know where the chocolate comes from, how to store it, how to taste it and of course, what to make from it for gifts and for their own enjoyment. Some customers actually have a pretty high skill level which they want to develop." he added.

With this in mind, Coco Chocolate has plans to open a dedicated Chocolate School in 2015 at its Summerhall Headquarters, which will offer more extensive chocolate experiences.

And it plans to continue working with other artisan producers such as Pickerings Gin and The Dalmore Whisky, associations which are bringing in great acclaim. 
"We were delighted to win a Great Taste Award 2014 for our innovative Gin and Tonic chocolate bar. The gin flavour works well with 64% cocoa solids chocolate, a wonderfully decadent, flavoursome dark chocolate, which is non-alcoholic," said Calum. "We have a strong Scottish gin connection as we are based right beside Pickerings Gin Distillery at Summerhall and have been working together to make a bespoke Pickering's Gin chocolate bar."

Featuring something for everyone, the Coco Chocolate Top 10 for Christmas 2014 is:
1.     Chocolate Making Class Gift Voucher - treat your loved one to a delicious experience of an artisan chocolate making class. The day begins with a brief introduction to cocoa and the history of chocolate. You will discover the chocolate making process from bean to bar. Then the chocolate making begins. You will learn how to hand temper chocolate on marble and make a variety of chocolates. Each delegate will receive a Coco hamper with a selection of chocolate made on the day. £60 per person.
2.     Coco Christmas Spiced Luxury Selection Box - made with organic single origin Dominican Republic chocolate handmade into delicious dark, milk and white chocolates infused with Christmas spices. Large box of 12 chocolates - £19.95.
3.      Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh Chocolate Bar - the closest thing to Christmas in a chocolate form, not just because of the decadent gold tint, but also the blend of Frankincense & Myrrh oils which create a traditional Christmas flavour with an exotic twist. £4.
4.   Chocolate Connoisseurs Evening Gift Voucher - learn about the history of chocolate and the production from bean to bar. Delicious chocolate samples complimented with wine. £15 per person. 
5.   Coco Luxury Handmade Truffle Selection - a best seller. Highest quality handmade tuffles. Large box of 18 truffles - £18.95.
6.   Drinking Chocolate - choose from six infusions including; Plain, Rose & black pepper, Aztec, Lavender, Cardamom & cinnamon and White hot chocolate (lavender, lemongrass and orchid vanilla). - £9.95 for 250g.
7.   Haggis Spices Dark Chocolate Bar - a best seller. Very delicious and spicy. Some say it reminds them of Christmas. Great as a gift from Scotland for chocolate lovers. £4.
8.   Coco Swellegant Box - the most luxurious box we make, mostly soft centered truffles with the most beautiful cocoa butter transfers. Large box of 40 chocolates - £39.95. 
9.   Coco Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles - dark centered truffles with a bit of bubbly. Chocolaty ganache covered in white and pink organic chocolate. True indulgence! Box of 8 truffles - £10.50.
10.  Coco Dusted Almonds - toasted fresh almonds toasted and caramelised, covered in dark chocolate and dusted in cocoa powder. £7.95 for 210g gift bag.

For further details on Coco Chocolate please check out the web at www.cocochocolate.co.uk. Telephone orders can be placed by calling 0131 228 4526 or in person at the two Coco Chocolate stores at 174 Bruntsfield Place and 71 Broughton Street.









-       Edinburgh chocolatier to capitalise on forthcoming Year of Food & Drink with £35k investment in new look for its brand


As the new owner of renowned Edinburgh based chocolatier, Coco Chocolate, the only "fire" ex-firefighter Calum Haggerty will now encounter on a daily basis will be from the chilli in his chocolate products! 


He is about to take the company, which has been a stalwart with foodies from all over Edinburgh and the Lothians for the past ten years, in a new direction. Coco Chocolate's popular range contains not just perennially popular chocolate and chilli but Great Taste 2014 award winning combinations such as Gin & Tonic (One Star) and Rose & Black Pepper tablet bars (Two Stars), a range of best selling truffles, and Edinburgh's favourite Hot Chocolate.


"I had been a firefighter for eight years with Lothian & Borders Fire Service, now The Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, " said Calum, who is from Inverness. "But I decided to have a complete career change in 2013 when I left the service, looking for a new challenge in the world of business. I took over Coco Chocolate in 2013," he said.


"I have always been a huge chocolate fan and a supporter of local produce. The more I'm learning about the production and history of chocolate, the more passionate I am about the quality product that we are lucky enough to produce and sell."

 Added Calum: "I am thoroughly enjoying my change of career - Coco Chocolate is a business with huge potential and we have just embarked on a £4.5k rebranding exercise to repackage our products, a new look website with an online shop to match and a refit of our flagship Bruntsfield Place shop at a cost of £25k."

"We are going through a five year plan to expand to Aberdeen and Glasgow, develop our new school and our wholesale business. We have been working with Busies Gateway to develop the business."

Calum explained that Coco Chocolate's new look is the work of Edinburgh based Nevis Design who have undertaken all of the rebranding for the firm, including the website.

 "I wanted to work with a firm which specialises in food and drink brands and I am very pleased with the look they have come up with. The striking black and white art deco style lettering fits with the characteristics that Coco Chocolate is known and loved for, but gives us a fresh, modern edge," said Calum. 

"We have a very loyal customer base so I wanted something that was likely to appeal to them but would also attract new customers too, especially with 2015 being the Year of Scottish Food & Drink. I think that artisan producers like us are particularly well placed to benefit from the increased attention that special themed years like this generate, said Calum, who also has a shop on Broughton Street and plans to open a new Chocolate School next year at Summerhall in Edinburgh.

"At the moment we have our own Chocolate Kitchen at our headquarters in Summerhall and we hold Artisan Chocolate Making Classes and workshops here but there is huge potential to widen this strand of our business out. We estimate that the new branding and refit will generate an extra £40k a year in turnover." 

Calum Haggerty finished by saying that an online shop was key to Coco Chocolate moving forward as Edinburgh is a huge tourist and foodie destination.

"We want to successfully attract repeat custom from all over the UK and overseas. Our current  range fits with this, effectively offering the very best of Scotland on a plate with products such as our Haggis Spices Chocolate, and those where we have teamed up with other Scottish based artisan producers such as Artisan Roast, Pickering's Gin and The Dalmore Scotch Whisky."



For further details on Coco Chocolate please check out the web at www.cocochocolate.co.uk. Telephone orders can be placed by calling 0131 228 4526 or in person at the two Coco Chocolate stores at 174 Bruntsfield Place and 71 Broughton Street.



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