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Research and Development Archives - so good.. magazine

Cocoa has been domesticated in Central America for 3,600 years

November 7, 2018 |

A study, carried out by 18 researchers, reveals new data on the evolutionary history of the plant.More info

Sugar improves memory and mood in those over 60

July 30, 2018 |

A small amount of glucose can help older people work more efficiently, according to research from the University of Warwick.More info

Digital Lollipops, can you text me how it tastes?

December 24, 2013 |

Do you want to try the latest Pierre Hermé pastry without moving from your seat? Or do you want to know the organoleptic properties of a new chocolate coating without having to sample it? Or perhaps you would like to share the aroma of your most recent bonbon with others without having to organise a meeting? Today, this is still not possible, but it in the not too distant future, it may be, thanks to the “digital lollipops” of Nimesha Ranasinghe.More info

Evolution is not revolution

June 12, 2013 |

Grupo Vilbo and so good.. magazine present Jordi Puigvert’s Evolution, a practical book about new and surprising techniques and ingredients for modern pastry. As Jordi Puigvert often says – evolution is not revolution. Indeed, it’s not about revolutionizing anything, but helping pastry move one step forward. But how? Through a series of techniques and ingredients as interesting as unusual in traditional pastry. If there is a natural ingredient, with an origin and extraction method similar to that of the usual ones, and which provides us with practical and specific solutions in our daily tasks, why shouldn’t we use it?More info

Could a machine ever learn to appreciate the taste of chocolate?

June 12, 2013

The vast potential of artificial intelligence is on the brink to making this possible. The ESADE Research Group on Knowledge Engineering (GREC) is running creative experiments with chocolate chef Oriol Balaguer to prove that computers can be trained toMore info

Jordi Puigvert and smart pastry

July 31, 2012 |

Introducing new, advantageous ingredients; simplifying the processes; increasing the uses and performance of each product; in short, optimizing the technical side of pastry and bringing it to its best: this is what smart pastry is all about – a concept which Jordi Puigvert practices and teaches all over the world as a technical advisor for several companies. And this will actually be the main topic of a book which will come out next November, written by Puigvert himself and published by Grupo Vilbo and So Good..More info

A Forward-looking Approach

October 6, 2010 |

We have reasons to celebrate. We must applaud the joint collaboration of chocolate manufacturers, universities, cocoa farmers worldwide and even the almighty IT giant IBM to promote an investigation which will complete the cocoa genetic map and be made available to the world. Its free access will avoid a product’s intellectual property, which will come from this genetic information, does not become a barrier. In this way the sector benefits from the advances in science and secures its viability.More info