8. Round Table Cocoa Hamburg
A quality vision for the future
Sponsored by the German cocoa and chocolate foundation

Returning to the former Institute of Applied Botany (University of Hamburg), the place where the Round Table Cocoa Hamburg had been founded 14 years ago, the 2017 Edition has been an enormous success that even exceeded the expectations of the Organizing Committee.

With 140 delegates, the number of participants was twice as high as in 2015. New features like the Podium Discussion strengthened the “Round Table Character” of the symposium.

This was underlined especially by the numerous contributions from the audience. The Organizing Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your participation and your contributions.

They have been the key to the success of the 7th Round Table Cocoa. We also want to express our appreciation to the German Cocoa and Chocolate Foundation and to our Sponsors.

Without their continuous support, this enormous on-going development of the Round Table Cocoa Hamburg would not have been possible.


We are happy to welcome you at the 8th Round Table Cocoa Hamburg



We herewith would like to inform you, that within the cooperation with ZDS, the round table cocoa will be present for the first time at the Choco Tec in Cologne from December 03rd to 06th. In preparation of the 8th round table we will highlight the following topics during the poster session:

Regarding the emphasis Cocoa Quality two aspects will be in the focus. 1st how latest analytical techniques may be used to analyze aroma- and tastant-profiles in cocoa bean samples of different geographical origin. 2nd identification of the causative substances of repeatedly occurring off-flavors.

Within the emphasis Post-Harvest Processing the use of starter cultures in cocoa fermentation to avoid mold formation and mycotoxin contamination and to achieve specific sensory profiles will be discussed.

Under the emphasis Planting Systems for the Future the development of models predicting the climatic changes in cocoa growing areas and good farming practices to mitigate the negative impact of these changes will be addressed.

We would be more than glad discussing these topics with you during the poster session.

The full program of CHOCO TEC 2018 can be downloaded here.



Representatives from leading universities are speaking in 2019 about current research topics. This years key topics are cocoa bean quality, post-harvest treatment and planting systems for the future.

Cocoa bean quality

  • Off-flavors in cocoa and chocolate
  • Taste- and aroma-active substance based quality evaluation
  • The development of an international standard for cocoa sensory evaluation
  • Strategies to minimize cadmium contamination
  • Impact of transportation conditions

Primary post-harvest processing

  • Taste and aroma-based steering of the fermentation process
  • Impact of drying on taste and aroma attributes Einfluss des Trocknungsprotokolls auf das sensorische Profil
  • Off-flavor development during fermentation and drying

Planting systems for the future

  • Cocoa cultivation and climate change: immediate, intermediate and long term solutions
  • Impact of climate change on cocoa bean quality
  • CSSV, BP, FP and WB: strategies towards a multiple disease tolerance
  • Cocoa genetic diversity: taste- and aroma-focused breeding approaches

Impressions 2017

  • Wolf Kropp-Büttner
  • Auditorium
  • Prof. Thomas Hofmann
  • Prof. Pathmanathan Umaharan
  • Prof. Reinhard Matissek
  • Networking
  • Abendveranstaltung im NRV
  • Podiumsdiskussion

Speakers 2019

Representatives of leading universities and companies

Foto Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann

Technical University of Munich

Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science

Foto Prof. Dr. Pathmanathan Umaharan

Prof. Dr. Pathmanathan Umaharan

University of the West Indies

Cocoa Research Center

Foto Monika Schneider

Monika Schneider

Systems Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)

Cocoa Agroforestry

Foto PD Dr. Martin Steinhaus

PD Dr. Martin Steinhaus

Technical University of Munich

Sensory Systems Chemistry Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology

Foto Dr. Wolfgang Weber

Dr. Wolfgang Weber

General Manager

Institut für Produktqualität ifp

Dr. Susanne Miescher Schwenninger

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Head of Research Group Food Biotechnology & Lecturer, at Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation


Latest findings from cocoa research and current challenges of the cocoa sector have been presented convincingly and practice-oriented.Felix Inderbitzin
Max Felchlin AG
The Round Table Cocoa Hamburg is an ideal platform for Research and Industry, to jointly discuss current topics.Nadine Barz
SGS Germany GmbH
The exchange between Research and Industry helps bringing latest research results into application and guarantees that jointly initiated research projects are highly practice-oriented.Viktoria Cvetkovic
AiF Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen

Runder Tisch Kakao

Networking platform

Meet the most important members of the international cocoa business.

Recent scientific progress

Get up to date about the recent German and international scientific cocoa projects

Main research topics in the future

Where will the journey lead us? Use the opportunity and discuss recent problems!

New research projects

Be part oft he process when new research projects are initiated!

Patronat and main sponsor

Strategic Partner

  • Logo stm | science technology media
  • Logo Universität Hamburg | Der Forschung | Der Lehre | Der Bildung
  • STORCK Part of Your World
  • Swiss Foundation of the cocoa and chocolate industry
  • Infopoint - Kakao und mehr
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Interested in a sponsorship? contact us!

Organizer & Event location


Prof. em. Dr. Reinhard Lieberei, Gründer des Runden Tisch Kakao

Prof. Dr. Sascha Rohn, Universität Hamburg, Universitärer Koordinator

Dr. Daniel Kadow, August Storck KG, Organisator Wissenschaft und Programm

Stephan Musiol (Fon +49 40 769 792 50 & E-Mail: musiol@sweetvision.de),
verlag stm, Public relations

Event location

Bucerius Law School (BLS)

– Helmut Schmidt Auditorium –

Jungiusstraße 6

20355 Hamburg


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Dipl.-Ing. Reinhard Matissek

Dr. Daniel Kadow

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