Simon Stevinplein 19 |8000 BRUGES
October 4th 2016 is yet another milestone for The Chocolate Line. The shop in Bruges has doubled in size, you can now experience the complete production process “from Tree To Bar”. This expedition store is yet another of Dominique’s dreams come true. You can now witness every production phase yourself: from roasting, peeling, crushing the beans into a fragrant chocolate paste up to the pouring of the bars.
This production is limited and meant for the real chocolate freak.
Our back-to-the-roots alternative against the standardisation of industrial tastes. We’re proud of it!
Obviously we also want you to get to know the small niches of other cocoa farmers. This bean to bar production also happens in our shop, but with limited amounts of cocoa beans from little family companies we personally visited since cocoa-hopping has become an essential part of our expeditions. The harmony of subtle tastes in different kinds of beans seems endless, surely you will find one to your taste!
The building was known as a hostel, called 'Het witte peerd' in 1701. Guillaume van Lee visited the hostel after he had stolen a big, silver box with 400 hosts in the Church of Saint-Salvator on 15th June 1700. Then threw the 400 hosts into the toilet of the hostel and sold the silver box in Sluis. He quickly ate four hosts, which he found in his pocket, by himself.
With this act, he committed one sacrilege after the other, but he was soon unmasked.
Guillaume was put to death on 26 June 1700. His hands were chopped off, he was strangled by hanging on a pole and burnt. The cesspit of the hostel was emptied and its content was transfered to the graveyard of Saint Salvator. Shortly after, the hostel was demolished in order to build a chapel, there where the Holy Sacrament was being mistreated and thrown away. The chapel was converted into a residential building at the end of the 18th century. That's the exact place where The Chocolate Line is situated nowadays.