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Last Friday, the government of Ghana set the minimum price it would pay farmers for the 2011-2012 harvest at US$2000/MT.The price of the beans has been falling on global markets and the government has “sacrificed part of its export tax share” to…Continue
I just bought a few kilos of beans from a local distributer and noticed that in the sack from Ecuador there were some pretty bizarre looking beans (totaling less than 10%, I would say), at least compared to other beans I've had before. Quite a few…Continue
Hi,I am starting to learn the art of making chocolate.I have a basic question - do chocolatiers worldwide make their chocolates from cocoa butter + cocoa mass + vanilla, or they use premade chocolate like Valrhona, Callebaut, etc?ThanksOr MContinue
Hi i am looking for anyone with experience with either or both machines and if some one could point me in the direction of which one might be a better buy... Thanks I do understand that the selmi is continues feed option but any feedback would be…Continue
Hi everyone,My Name is Francis Boechat. I am a proud manufacturer of Brigadeiros, a Brazilian sweet that takes chocolate as a main ingredient. Now I would like to expand my business and sell my sweets frozen. For this, I need a box for truffles that…Continue
What's the weirdest flavor/inclusion combination you've not only heard of in chocolate but have actually eaten?Inquiring chocolate minds want to know.I will start things off by saying that I think the Austrians are among the most adventurous when it…Continue
Does anyone have a suggestion about a machine we can use for wrapping bars? A cold seal machine? It is ok to have it manual, but I want something to speed up production. We are trying to stay under $2000. Any advice is most welcome. Continue
I am thinking of biting the bullet and buying a guitar cutter, and looking for a supplier in Canada. Anyone know of anyone? or even a used one....Secondly, any recommendations? Double guitar or single? Pros or cons...do you find you use it enough to…Continue
I just used my CocoaTown ECGC-65A for the first time last week and ended up with black powder all over the floor and under the bowl that appears to be shredded rubber from the belt. I pre-ground the nibs and it was a very small batch, less than 15…Continue
I subscribed to Standard Cocoa's monthly chocolate delivery service, and my first box contained Middlebury Chocolates! Small batches of handmade bean to bar chocolate.
It took me a while to go through Amsterdam's chocolatiers with detailed blog posts. There's always personal favorites... and I knew from the beginning which was my number one chocolatier in town (although I like some other places quite a lot, too!). Anyway, when it comes to pralines/bonbons/chocolates, my favorite is:…Continue
Most of our practices are based on common sense, keen observations and experiences gained throughout the years of our operations. In the farm, we have existing shade trees, like madre de kakaw and the big…Continue
I hope you will love this book as much as I did! A charming memoir of 25 years in business at the Washington, DC chocolate shop of the same name. A boost to every entrepreneur, dreamer, and chocolate lover.