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Santha Vs Cocoatown

Hi there,I'm looking to purchase either the Santha Spectra 65 or the Cocoatown ECGC 65 and wanted to see if anyone has experience using both these units and how they compare to each other?I've been using smaller Spectra models, and I've had issues with the belt breaking. But my understanding is that the 65 runs uses a gear drive, so I should have have these issues?Any insights would be greatly appreciated.Thanks,SabrinaSee More
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Santha Vs Cocoatown

Started by Sabrina M in Opinion 45 minutes ago. 0 Replies

Hi there,I'm looking to purchase either the Santha Spectra 65 or the Cocoatown ECGC 65 and wanted to see if anyone has experience using both these units and how they compare to each other?I've been using smaller Spectra models, and I've had issues…Continue

Tags: Grinders, Cocoatown, Santha

Meadowlands Chocolate, Bean-to-Bar, KICKSTARTER announcement

Started by Beryl Wells Hamilton in New Product Press. Last reply by Beryl Wells Hamilton 6 hours ago. 1 Reply

Greetings fellow chocolate lovers and chocolate makers! Clyo and I have been so busy making chocolate and getting our business going, that we haven't had much time to post here. However, we have learned a lot from The Chocolate Life people who post…Continue

Tags: handcrafted, new, company, kickstarter, chocolate

Airbrush

Started by Ismael Neggaz in Where to Buy. Last reply by chocochoco 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi all,I'm trying to buy airbrush to spray cocoa butter into molds.When I looked on line I found the airbrush come with different noodles nozzle from 2mm 5mm........Which air brush should I buy.Any advice.Thank youContinue

Which Chocolate Spray Gun to Purchase?

Started by Sam in Tech Help. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 16 hours ago. 23 Replies

Hi!Any one can guide on which chocolate spray gun to purchase?Continue

Tags: gun, chocolate

Chocolate Spraying

Started by Colin Green in Geek Gear - Cool Tools. Last reply by Jim Greenberg 16 hours ago. 32 Replies

I have a small pan for panning chocolate covered coffee beans. Building up by pouring choccolate takes forever and is a vast waste of time. It is also something of an art as if I go too fast I get "doubles" (where the product joins together). If I…Continue

Tags: coating, spraying

Display boxes for chocolate bars

Started by Meira Neggaz in Where to Buy. Last reply by Shalini Latour 17 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi everyone,We are a small chocolate company based out of DC - we are looking for ideas on displaying our bars.  We have a few stores who have improvised displays of our bars - in baskets, or in tea type boxes, or on risers, but now some new stores…Continue

Anyone use the Krebs LM45 spraygun?

Started by Serena ML in Uncategorized. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 17 hours ago. 1 Reply

I am looking to purchase an airbrush/spraygun that is food safe.  The only designated food safe item that I could find is the Krebs LM45.  I've seen relevant posts on this topic but I'd like to hear more from others who've had experience with the…Continue

Air Brushing & Table Top Depositor

Started by Karen H. in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 17 hours ago. 30 Replies

Hello EveryoneI'm a little new to the chocolate world!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been doing it has a hobby for some years and now want to expand. I was looking into purchasing a air brush machine and depositor (table top) and wanted some suggestions. I'm…Continue

Does anyone know good chocolate sprayers?

Started by Mark Simpson in Where to Buy. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 17 hours ago. 7 Replies

I'm looking for a device to spray liquid chocolate onto baked goods, does anyone know what works well?Continue

Tags: spray, chocolate

Sprayer for Chocolate

Started by Chef Dave in Opinion. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

What is the best spray gun for chocolate? I heard that Krebs guns are good, looking for info from anyone who has used them or any other brand. Need to find the best gun for misting chocolate.Continue

Tags: krebs, sprayer, chocolate, gun, spray

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June 2014 marks the first open meeting for Direct Cacao - a new association that is working hard to help create direct sourcing relationships between chocolate makers and cocoa growers around the world.

I would like to go, but my resources for international travel are limited and I don't have a consulting client who'll pick up my expenses. I've already been to the CHOCOA conference on sustainable cocoa earlier this year, and am looking forward to returning to Europe in October for the ORIGIN Chocolate conference. I am also going back to Peru for the Salon del Cacao y Chocolate in July and want to return to Ecuador for ANECACAO at the end of August.

$2000 will cover all expenses to go to Direct Cacao. Any other monies raised will go towards other travel opportunities. These are not tax-deductible contributions. However, if you do appreciate the resources and the community TheChocolateLife provides - completely free of charge - please consider a donation. As in the past, I will be blogging and uploading photos during my travels. I will be collecting donations (via PayPal) into the first week in June.

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Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 2

Posted by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Here I am with Roberto Granja of Transmar, one of the larger cacao companies in Ecuador. Roberto was at last year's Salon as well and they buy production from San Martin and Huanuco in Perú as well as other places.

Above: I am wearing a real Panama hat. Although they are called…

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Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 1

Posted by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 1:46pm 1 Comment

The 5th annual Salon del Cacao y Chocolate was held in Lima, Perú July 4-6. This was followed up by La Ruta del Cacao, a trip into la selva (the jungle) in and around Tarapoto in San Martin province July 7-9. I was one of a group of more than 20 invited international guests who attended both the Salon and La Ruta.

As with last year, the two events were organized and enjoyed the support of a broad range of organizations and government ministries including the Perúvian federal…

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Choco Files

Posted by ChocoFiles on July 7, 2014 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

You can check out my reviews of the chocolates I've tasted at Choco Files. I also explain my review philosophy and I'm adding more and more files with my ratings for each bar.

Yabisi Kakaw : Rebooting Puerto Rico's cacao heritage. | Kickstarter Campaign | FINAL DAYS!

Posted by José Crespo on June 29, 2014 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,

 

For quite some time now,  I’ve been in love and fascinated with theobroma cacao, the plant. Whose seed was once used as currency in pre-columbian civilizations in South America  I live in Puerto Rico, one of the places the Spanish conquistadors brought seeds and and started commercial production in the 17th century. Historical records show that along with ginger, cacao was the main agricultural crop at that…

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Introducing to My Self

Posted by Maroun Milan on June 28, 2014 at 9:58am 0 Comments

25 Years in chocolate and pastry business , i design pastry and chocolate and design Special Machinery i have more than 180 customers around the world , i give ideas and know how , sometime recipe , i help to provide chefs , machines . material , to share you any question in business start up even mechanical or electrical problems in your machine 

i hope i get good friends from this site since i belong to this business and chocolate life

Amsterdam's chocolate places

Posted by Sweet matter physicist on June 11, 2014 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Amsterdam is not only an extremely pretty city. It also offers some great options for chocolate lovers and its chocolate scene was growing fast during the last few years, so I now list the best Amsterdam chocolate locations on my blog. There are many very decent chocolatiers and some really excellent ones. There is a fantastic chocolate bar shop specialized in high quality single origin chocolates.…

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