Compartes' World Chocolate Tour | KCET
Compartes' World Chocolate Tour
Though the stores in Japan are proving popular, Grahm discovered that his flagship's most popular flavors did not necessarily enrapture customers across the Pacific. "Our stores in Japan do not make flavors such as the wasabi, ginger, umeboshi plum, shochu, amd shichimi seven spice that I make for my customers here in the US. In Japan they prefer to have more 'Los Angeles' flavors in the chocolates. They tend to buy the ones that seem more American and European to them. Smoked salt, honey peanut butter, passion fruit and hazelnut," are some of the bestsellers, along with chocolate-covered nuts and chocolate-dipped fruit.
"I am inspired by Jazz, the owner of Jitlada. They use a lot of kaffir lime in their dishes, like the Kua Kling dried beef curry. When I asked her about it she gave me some of the limes and leaves from her house. Then I bought my own tree. It was sitting in our patio in front of the store for months. Recently I moved it to my grandmother's house and I still use the leaves from it."
He doesn't limit his excursions to L.A., either. When in Tokyo, Grahm always finds some time for shopping. "I buy tons of ingredients in Japan. I go to an amazing store where they sell the seven spices for shichimi separately." The chocolate Grahm prefers is sourced carefully as well: single origin varieties from South America that he mixes together to create his own unique blend. His exploration of flavors and ingredients leads Grahm to constantly rotate flavors in his shop.
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