Instructors

Catherine came to Dandelion in 2019 with six years of chocolate tour, event, and retail experience already in her pocket. She wanted to keep growing her love for cacao and joined Dandelion as a Chocolate Educator. Catherine leads tours and assists classes, and has aspirations to assist in the development of the education program throughout her time here.

Christine (She/Her) is our Lead Chocolate Educator. She has been with us since 2014, originally working as our Packaging Manager. In 2018 she moved to the Chocolate Experiences team. She has visited Kokoa Kamili in Tanzania, and she loves to visit other chocolate makers around the country.

Cynthia joined Dandelion as a Chocolate Maker in early 2012 , a farmers market salesperson, and then later as Finance and Operations Manager. Origins she has visited include Maya Mountain in Belize, Camino Verde in Ecuador, Zorzal in the Dominican Republic, and Kokoa Kamili in Tanzania. She’s also been to a handful of exploratory cacao farms in Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, and Costa Rica. Cynthia is now the Education Manager and focuses her efforts on programming development and education training.

Greg first started making liquid nitrogen truffles in college with "borrowed" equipment from the physics lab, and he's been with us since 2013. His background is in electrical engineering and product management, but now he’s a partial owner, our Chocolate Sourcerer, traveling the world to find great cacao to make great chocolate, and he’s co-author of our book, Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more. Greg is passionate about directly sourcing cacao and building lasting relationships with a network of cacao producers and chocolate makers around the world.

Janelle joined Dandelion Chocolate in 2014. She was a Lead Chocolate Maker and Factory Tour Guide at our Valencia Factory. She developed roast profiles for 2016 harvest of Zorzal Estate, Dominican Republic, 2016 harvest of Zorzal Comunitario, Dominican Republic and 2018 harvest of Anamalai, India. She now happily hosts tours and classes, and excited to bring her wealth of knowledge to our guests.

 

Jessica started in 2015 as the manager of our Ferry Building location, and she went on to manage our events and tours programming on Valencia. She oversees the private event programming at our 16th Street Factory, and you may find her leading a tour, tasting, or hosting a class.

Obed began at Dandelion Chocolate in 2014 as a chocolate maker on our Valencia production team. Now our youth and school group liaison, he hosts tours, teaches classes, and explains how we make bean-to-bar chocolate to children and adults alike.

Rebecca entered the Dandelion Chocolate family in 2017 as the Cafe General Manager at our flagship location on Valencia St. She visited Maya Mountain in Belize. Moving over to the Events and Education Team in the summer of 2019, she is now focused on taking our programming to the next level and working with the team to create a world-class chocolate education program.

Robert began as a café and Retail Associate at the Ferry Building, and then quickly transitioned to our Chocolate Experiences Team as teacher and tour guide. In the past, he worked primarily in coffee and tea, which ultimately inspired him to learn more about chocolate. He leads factory tours and teaches several of our chocolate classes.