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2 hours ago
Dirke replied to Dirke's discussion Wanted: Guitar cutter, Little dipper (or similar) and flow wrapper in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Thanks Dennis. Kinda leaning more towards a double as I can get a new one for about $1900. with a few different guitars. Probably not as solid as yours, I expect. Just curious why you don't use it? Do you not find it useful? Appreciate the link…"
4 hours ago
Dennis Kearney replied to jhon's discussion WANTED : REVOLATION X3210, dispenser in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi there- Have two of these machines and looking to sell one of them to help finance a larger machine.  I just received one back from Chocovision and they totally rebuilt it, so like a brand new machine.  Selling for $1,100.  This…"
4 hours ago
Dirke replied to Vinh S's discussion The chocolate business in the group Startup Central
"Hi Vinh It's hard to tell what the margins would be like unless you do the homework. Different Private labels will require a high volume to make margins reasonable. You will probably be limited to what they will make for you, you give up a lot…"
4 hours ago
Dennis Kearney replied to Dirke's discussion Wanted: Guitar cutter, Little dipper (or similar) and flow wrapper in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"HI Dirke-I just posted my cutter on Craigslist and had not posted to here yet.  See the link below (it is only a single).  I am in the SF Bay area.  Cheers-Dennis http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/for/4429824641.html "
4 hours ago
Dirke added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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Wanted: Guitar cutter, Little dipper (or similar) and flow wrapper

Looking for some good used, working equipment to help make production more efficient. Would love to have a coater such as the little dipper or something similar. Prefer a double guitar but if the price is right...I'm interested. Please let me know or if you know of any suppliers of these kind of products in Western Canada I'd love your advice and direction of who to contact!All the best!If you have anything like the above mentioned you want to sell, please let me know the price and picture if…See More
4 hours ago
Dirke posted a discussion

Guitar cutter

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 justify the cost? I am sure it beats using a knife but just wondering if it's worth it and would love to know your thoughts.Thanks in advance!See More
5 hours ago
Jessica Osterday replied to Jessica Osterday's discussion Cocoatown Melanger Chocolate tastes like burnt rubber
"Clement, As I understand it, that is true of the older machines, but they upgraded the factory belts on the Cocoatowns a while back.  So, I dont not think it is the belt.  I actually sent the machine back to Cocoatown when I first received…"
8 hours ago
Clement Olando Bobb replied to Jessica Osterday's discussion Cocoatown Melanger Chocolate tastes like burnt rubber
"Not too familiar with Cocoatown machines, but you may need to tighten the belt. Ben Rasmusen of Ptomac Chocolate recommends changing rubber belts to fiberglass. Take a look at his site or DIY on this blog. Good luck !!!"
9 hours ago
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Clement Olando Bobb replied to Steven Shipler's discussion I just wanted to show my new website and get some feedback!
"I see no flaws. I like the site very much. Kinda jumps at you, and gets to the point: 'We are real good at what we do'! Congratulations !!!"
9 hours ago
Clement Olando Bobb liked Steven Shipler's discussion I just wanted to show my new website and get some feedback!
10 hours ago
José Crespo replied to Steven Shipler's discussion I just wanted to show my new website and get some feedback!
"Looks great! Love the rolling hi-res pictures. You should consider accepting bitcoin as payment. Bitcoin payments can be done a processor like Bitpay (https://bitpay.com). You actually never touch the digital currency, the processor deposits next…"
10 hours ago
Steven Shipler replied to Steven Shipler's discussion I just wanted to show my new website and get some feedback!
"Check it all out now!! I figured out how to just do edits on the mobile page specifically!!"
12 hours ago
Steven Shipler replied to Steven Shipler's discussion I just wanted to show my new website and get some feedback!
"Yeah the $7 symbols I created in photoshop and they look really nice on the computer but when it is on the phone it puts them at the bottom, I used them to cover the small $7.00 that the site automatically puts for the price of the item. Thank you…"
13 hours ago
Adam Dick replied to Adam Dick's discussion For Sale: 2012 FBM Compatta Continuous Tempering Machine in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"yes, it's located in Arcata California."
15 hours ago
R. "Curly" Caporuscio replied to Adam Dick's discussion For Sale: 2012 FBM Compatta Continuous Tempering Machine in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Is this located in California?"
15 hours ago
Adam Dick added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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For Sale: 2012 FBM Compatta Continuous Tempering Machine

2012 FBM Compatta continuous tempering machine in excellent condition.  We bought it new from Italy in May of 2012 and have since outgrown its usefulness.  Payed $12,400 asking $9,500.  Please email if you have any questions info@dtchocolate.comSee More
16 hours ago
Adam Dick joined Clay Gordon's group
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Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

This is the group where ChocolateLife members can A) Advertise USED equipment for sale to other ChocolateLife members.B) Let other ChocolateLife members know that they are looking for equipment (new or used).See More
16 hours ago
Jessica Osterday posted a discussion

Cocoatown Melanger Chocolate tastes like burnt rubber

Im using the recipe that I normally use in my new Melanger.  Im having serious issues.  Melanger chocolate tastes like burnt rubber after a few hours in the new machine.Has anyone experienced this?  Is this just because its new?See More
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Guitar cutter

Started by Dirke in Opinion 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

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

Tags: guitarcutter, cutters

Cocoatown Melanger Chocolate tastes like burnt rubber

Started by Jessica Osterday in Tech Help. Last reply by Jessica Osterday 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

Im using the recipe that I normally use in my new Melanger.  Im having serious issues.  Melanger chocolate tastes like burnt rubber after a few hours in the new machine.Has anyone experienced this?  Is this just because its new?Continue

I just wanted to show my new website and get some feedback!

Started by Steven Shipler in News. Last reply by Clement Olando Bobb 9 hours ago. 6 Replies

Just uploaded my new website! I wanted to get some feedback on what you all think of it!The url is www.stonegrindz.comWe have been working really hard on updating this, so be critical.Thank…Continue

Tags: www.stonegrindz.com, grindz, stone, bar, chocolate

What are the meterials of the chocolatier?

Started by Or M in Chocolate Education. Last reply by Or M yesterday. 2 Replies

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

Tags: Valrhona, Callebaut, butter, cocoa, making

Cutting marshmallows

Started by Corey Meyer in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Omar Forastero on Wednesday. 6 Replies

We make our own marshmallows and enrobe them in chocolate. We have tried cutting them using a knife, pizza cutter and caramel cutter (6 blade rollers). All of them get sticky with marshmallow every pass. Does anyone else have any ideas? I considered…Continue

Tags: tricks, cutting, Marshmallow

Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar

Started by David Menkes in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate. Last reply by Sebastian on Wednesday. 18 Replies

I'm experimenting with some conacado Dominican Republic at home, and after grinding for 24 hours I had super low viscosity (almost like water) with a super-small micron size. After adding sugar (30% to make a 70% bar) and grinding for another 24…Continue

Looking for Grindeurs/Melangers in Europe

Started by Filip Teply in Where to Buy. Last reply by Itziar Calvar on Wednesday. 1 Reply

Hi everyone,I'm looking for Grindeurs/Melangers with maximum capacity 4kg. Do you know about any brands or any shops in Europe?Thank you for answers.FilipContinue

Introduction with a few questions

Started by Hong L in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Dario M. Agesilao on Tuesday. 5 Replies

Hi, my name is Hong Le from Los Angeles.  I've been working as a web programmer in the internet sector for half of my life.  I figure it's about time I try something new and why not get into something that I'm passionate about.  I love chocolate and…Continue

800 gr. half an easter egg :D

Started by Dario M. Agesilao in Tasting Notes on Tuesday. 0 Replies

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Group Review - Fortunato #4

Started by Clay Gordon in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Nicholas Whebell on Tuesday. 23 Replies

This is the first in what I hope will be a regular series (at least quarterly) of Group Reviews, a new feature for 2014 here on TheChocolateLife.The idea behind the reviews is to get members to contribute their opinions about chocolates that are…Continue

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Book Review: "Chocolate Chocolate," by Frances Park & Ginger Park

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 13, 2014 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

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.

Read all about it!

Chocolate Chocolate - family-run shop in DC

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

What do you call the neighborhood shop that represents the dreams, hard work, family loyalty, and enduring passion for chocolate of two very special sisters? Chocolate Chocolate.

Read all about it on The Chocolate Tourist blog!…

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The Chocolate Chase - looking for chocolate in all the wrong places

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 2, 2014 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

...and finding it (eventually).

A morning in Georgetown leads us on a wild goose chase! But chocolate always comes through in the end.

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Monday Mug: Magic Chocolate Elixir (Zero Calories!)

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 1, 2014 at 12:32pm 0 Comments

Ahhh, Monday! The first day of a new week. The first week of a new month.

The first opportunity for hot chocolate. And joke recipes!

 

Find the …

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How we make Mámor's Koko Samoa Chocolate Tea

Posted by Howard & Hanna Frederick on March 30, 2014 at 9:16pm 0 Comments

mamor-koko-samoa-tea Mámor own Koko Samoa Tea One of the most popular hot drinks at the High Tea Szalón is “Mámor Koko Samoa Chocolate Tea”. We have been serving this innovative new "tea" to Australians for three years now and finally we’d like to reveal…

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Chocolate-scouting in San Diego, CA

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on March 26, 2014 at 8:21pm 0 Comments

San Diego is so cute.

Between the sunshine, the water, the palm trees, and the colorful little neighborhoods dotting the landscape, San Diego beckons to visitors and makes you want to explore. Since I was there for the race last weekend, I went in search of chocolate.

And I found Caxao Artisan Chocolates in Little Italy, as…

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