Acclaimed local chocolate maker’s new retail space includes 16-seat “Hot Chocolate Lounge”
Kitsilano’s widely acclaimed Koko Monk Chocolates has opened a second location, also in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, at 2883 West Broadway — an 1,100-square-foot space featuring a dedicated Hot Chocolate Lounge and an onsite production facility. The original location, at 1849 West 1st Avenue, remains open.
In Spring 2018, Koko Monk’s founder and chocolate maker, Paul Dincer, launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $10,000 toward the cost of a new location. The campaign was a success, and Dincer is thrilled to welcome guests to his bright new space. “I’m so grateful for the support I received from the campaign, which has turned my dream of opening a second location into a reality,” he says. “It is truly a privilege to do what you love, and I look forward to sharing my passion with both existing and new fans of Koko Monk.”
Koko Monk has drawn raves for its variety of hot chocolates (BuzzFeed ranked it among the “Greatest Places in the World to Get Hot Chocolate)”, and its new 16-seat lounge is the perfect environment in which to savour them, as well as Koko Monk’s popular, raw, bean-to-bar selections, which Dincer calls “chocolate beyond candy.” Other artisan chocolate products — including individual chocolates, fruit and nut barks, vegan bars, and sugar-free selections — plus Turkish coffee, espresso-based beverages, and locally-made pastries, are also available.
Koko Monk currently offers 14 unique — and uniquely named — flavours of hot chocolate, including “A Non-Conformist’s Plea for an Imaginary Summer” (tomato hot chocolate with rose and raspberry), “Strange Gravity” (oregano hot chocolate with melon and a touch of anise), and “Brunette Bangle” (curry hot chocolate with coconut liquor). Can’t decide on just one flavour? Go for a hot-chocolate flight featuring three mini servings, available every Saturday.
In 2019, Koko Monk will begin to produce its “ready-to-brew” Hot Chocolate Cubes, which were part of Dincer’s successful Kickstarter campaign (offered as rewards for backers). The new creations will be available in both of Koko Monk’s locations, allowing everyone to stir up Dincer’s addictive creations at home at their convenience.
When designing his chocolate products, Dincer draws inspiration from his comprehensive background and education in fine art, literature and philosophy, creating one-of-a-kind, complex flavour fusions using raw chocolate (unadulterated, unprocessed cacao beans). In fact, the Koko Monk name highlights a philosophy of living and working with one’s environment and employing natural ingredients, rather than forcing synthesized solutions that go against their natural functions.
To learn more about Koko Monk Chocolates, please visit kokomonk.com.
|Koko Monk NEW location
2883 West Broadway
1849 W 1st Avenue
Media release provided by Morgan Sommerville, Serena PR.