CoEx Programme Technical Committee

The Cocoa of Excellence Programme established a Technical Committee (TC) responsible for the evaluation of each sample received for each Edition, about 200 samples from 45 countries. They select samples in an anonymous, transparent and fair manner. The TC advises on all technical processes including quality evaluation standards and selection of the expert panel for the evaluation of the best 50 samples.  The members contribute to the development of the international standards on the assessment of cocoa quality and flavour.

The CoEx Technical Committee is chaired by Edward Seguine. Contacts of members are below.

Edward Seguine (Seguine Cacao, Cocoa and Chocolate Advisors and Guittard Chocolate, USA) – Chair
Phone: +1.717.688.1671
E-mail: Ed@seguinecacao.com

Darin Sukha (Cocoa Research Centre, Trinidad and Tobago)
Phone: +1 (868) 662 8788
E-mail: Darin.Sukha@sta.uwi.edu

Fabien Coutel (Switzerland)
E-mail: fcoutel@hotmail.com

Florent Coste (Valrhona, France)
Phone: +33 (0)4 75 07 90 90
E-mail: florent.coste@valrhona.fr 

John Kehoe (Guittard, USA)
E-mail: jkehoe@guittard.com

Nubia Martinez (CBI -Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, Peru)
E-mail: nubiamartinezg@gmail.com

Regis Bouet (Regis Bouet Solutions, France)
Phone: +33 (0) 6 95 14 33 96
E-mail: regis@regisbouet.fr

*Photo from A. Prien Saxbol*