My fascination with chocolate began in 1989 while I was living with my husband in Clermont-Ferrand, France. We were strolling through the narrow streets of town during the holiday season and we passed a Salon de Thè that we frequented. At this time of year they had transformed the front of the house into a festive display of chocolates: towers of chocolates covered in glass domes and beautiful packages of chocolates on pedestals. As we walked through the door, time stood still and I was overwhelmed with a profound happiness. I knew that I would spend the rest of my life with chocolate, trying to share its history and its sublime pleasures with others.
Since that fortuitous moment, I have spent 25 years refining my recipes while combining my two passions: tea and chocolate. By balancing their unique flavors I feel more like an alchemist than a chocolatier, allowing tea and chocolate to celebrate each other! I have had the honor of owning a chocolate café in Newport, Rhode Island where I hand-rolled and hand-dipped each chocolate while sharing my creations with clientele on a daily basis. Over the years my love of chocolate transformed into an online business where I can continue to share my tea-infused truffles and chocolates by shipping directly to my clients' homes and businesses around the country.
I founded la maison de COCO with the hopes of sharing my passion for chocolate. I was thrilled to celebrate my appetite and knowledge of chocolate with our clientele every day at the café in Newport, RI. I was living my dream but knew that the internet offered an opportunity to reach our growing audience. I closed the café and devoted my energy to renovating a barn on our property in Portsmouth, RI. The barn is the creative hub of la maison de COCO and home to our atelier kitchen and shipping facility. Today, la maison de COCO offers our clients a delivery service in Newport and surrounding towns, as well as shipping directly to a national audience.
After a while the desire to share my passion for tea-infused truffles and chocolates fueled a more important challenge for me: how do I continue to nurture this joy of making chocolate while simultaneously helping those in need. My love of people and chocolate has morphed into a new synthesis of service. la maison de COCO is a house with a mission, now offering non-profit organizations a way to raise funds by hosting Truffle and Wine Pairings. Each event is used as an opportunity to educate our guests’ palates. We taste chocolates from different estates, discuss the history of chocolate, we bring our awareness to the subtle layers of flavors in the tea-infused truffles and highlight why the particular wine was paired with the truffle. I encourage the structure of these events to change depending on the hosts and guests. la maison de COCO also offers Truffle and Tea pairings that along with the history of chocolate will highlight the tea flavor palate and how it enhances the chocolate truffle. Please browse all the upcoming events by exploring the event calendar below. I would love to see you at the next la maison de COCO truffle pairing.
la maison de COCO is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in the kitchen. The cream I use for the truffles comes from a local, Rhode Island farm where practicing sustainable farming is a priority. Shunning growth hormones, they also nurture their cows in a pesticide-free environment.
My desire is to present our clientele with confections made with pride, passion and the finest ingredients choosing, whenever possible, produce from local farmers who are committed to sustainable farming. I truly believe that by taking the extra time to pick farm-fresh ingredients from the rich agriculture that surrounds us, or by taking the extra time to hand-roll and hand-dip truffles, la maison de COCO is able to offer tea-infused truffles and chocolates that are not only pleasures for the eye but also treasures for the taste buds.