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Stephane Laviolette replied to Stephane Laviolette's discussion Need your opion and insight..
"I think I do.. but I am worried about making a bad decision.. but more and more I think that to stop selling truffles by unit is the way to go.. I will only offer them in mixed boxes, and I am looking at doing some wine pairings with a local wine…"
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Ruth Atkinson Kendrick replied to Stephane Laviolette's discussion Need your opion and insight..
"I think you should concentrate on what is selling. Sounds like you know what you should do:)"
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Stephane Laviolette replied to Stephane Laviolette's discussion Need your opion and insight..
"I was looking for comments and opinions and comments.. not cocoa beans LOL"
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Hofer replied to Jean-Marie Auboine's discussion Guitar Cutter Matfer with 8 Frames in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Jean, is the guitar still available. Please let me know via email at rojo_46032@yahoo.com thanks, Joann"
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garay more replied to sabrina's discussion looking for a decent tempering machine ASAP
"i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested  Contact me soonest if interested  lopezmariam3@gmail.com"
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garay more replied to Otseh Davidson Oshioreamhie's discussion SOMEONE TO ADVICE ME
"i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested  Contact me soonest if interested  lopezmariam3@gmail.com"
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garay more replied to Sacred Steve's discussion Looking for Good Sources of Certified Organic Cacao Beans
"i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested  Contact me soonest if interested  lopezmariam3@gmail.com"
2 hours ago
garay more replied to Stephane Laviolette's discussion Need your opion and insight..
"i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested  Contact me soonest if interested  lopezmariam3@gmail.com"
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garay more replied to Tom's discussion Heavy Metals
"i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested  Contact me soonest if interested  lopezmariam3@gmail.coma bean"
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i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested Contact me soonest if interested lopezmariam3@gmail.coma bean

if you are interested in importing any amount of cocoa bean, reply to us soonest , for negotiationI await your replySee More
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garay more replied to Dan Bieser's discussion Fermented cacao beans wanted
"i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested Contact me soonest if interested  lopezmariam3@gmail.com"
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Sebastian replied to Tom's discussion Heavy Metals
"no sir - rules are rules.  the question was do any plantation owners do heavy metals testing, and while there may be one out there, i've yet to meet him.  They normally don't have the technical capacity or competency to do so,…"
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Or M replied to Or M's discussion Advice about specific mould
"Great insights, thanks! I have just ordered few mold that are 12-14 gr. I also think that each piece should be two bites."
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Landen Zernickow replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"David, This has been amazing to read through. I have loved following your journey! My husband and I would like to start our own "second life time" chocolate company some day as well, maybe sooner than we have grandkids, even (we recently…"
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Need your opion and insight..

Started by Stephane Laviolette in Opinion. Last reply by Stephane Laviolette 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Hi, About 6 weeks ago I opened up a chocolate kiosk within a very popular candy store, now what I taught would be smooth sailing has proven to be a real challenge.. I am restricted to 160sq/ft production and retail space.I am offering a bit of…Continue

looking for a decent tempering machine ASAP

Started by sabrina in Opinion. Last reply by garay more 2 hours ago. 17 Replies

Hi I'm starting a small home business and  would like to by a good used tempering machine! Not looking for any particular kind just a good one to start. Any recommendations are accepted.ThanksContinue

SOMEONE TO ADVICE ME

Started by Otseh Davidson Oshioreamhie in Opinion. Last reply by garay more 2 hours ago. 2 Replies

I recently joined this family, as i am planning to start small chocolate business, before going commercial, and i found a company called cocoatown, a manufacturer of small scale equipment, as a new entrant into the industry, i want to know if any…Continue

Looking for Good Sources of Certified Organic Cacao Beans

Started by Sacred Steve in Where to Buy. Last reply by garay more 2 hours ago. 22 Replies

I am looking for new, good and reputable sources of certified organic cacao beans. Is there anybody on this forum in the business of selling beans/nibs/butter to chocolatiers? Perhaps a directory of farmers or importers exists? Any help would be…Continue

Tags: cacao, sourcing

Heavy Metals

Started by Tom in Chocolate Education. Last reply by garay more 2 hours ago. 7 Replies

I am wondering with all the new small bean to bar chocolate makers if any are getting heavy metal testing done. This I am curious about because some makers maybe get a bag or two in from obscure sources and heavy metal testing may not be something…Continue

Tags: metals, heavy

i am a cocoa farmer from east africa, and i am able to supply any quantity of cocoa bean requested Contact me soonest if interested lopezmariam3@gmail.coma bean

Started by garay more in New Product Press 2 hours ago. 0 Replies

if you are interested in importing any amount of cocoa bean, reply to us soonest , for negotiationI await your replyContinue

Tags: bean, cocoa

Fermented cacao beans wanted

Started by Dan Bieser in Where to Buy. Last reply by garay more 2 hours ago. 10 Replies

I am new to chocolate life and am looking for information on how to buy/import cacao beans from other countries.  I am thinking about getting 100 kilos each, from a variety of countries to make some bean to bar.Is it easiest/cheapest to buy from an…Continue

Advice about specific mould

Started by Or M in Tech Help. Last reply by Or M 8 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi,I want to buy a lot of moulds and on aliexpress.com it a great price.I just wonder about the size of each piece - it is 2.8*2.8*1.5cm, and 13gr in weight.Is it a good size for a piece or is it too small?Here is the link to the product:…Continue

conche machine

Started by mariano garcia in Opinion. Last reply by mariano garcia 12 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi all,anyone know if this machine is good for conching chocolate?…Continue

Alternative sugars used?

Started by Sandy Phillips in Tech Help 21 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi everyone,We have been asked many times to make a chocolate that diabetics can have, and I understand beet sugar works well for that purpose.  Has anyone here tried using beet sugar in their chocolate?  Or have you tried coconut sugar as well?…Continue

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Blog Posts

Flourless White Chocolate Cake

Posted by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:22am 0 Comments

I do a lot of experimenting with Flourless Chocolate Cake, and lately I have worked on recipes for white and milk chocolate (instead of the same ol' dark chocolate cake). Here is result of my white chocolate experiments with fresh Ontario peaches: http://ultimatelychocolatecakes.blogspot.ca/2014/08/flourless-white-chocolate-cake-with.html  I'd love to see your flourless chocolate cake…

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What's your favourite 85%

Posted by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:17am 0 Comments

I have tried all the commercial brands and some craft brands....but what are your favourite craft, bean-to-bar 85% dark chocolate bars?  Please tell me in the comments section on my blog page: http://www.ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.ca/2014/08/whats-your-favourite-85-chocolate-bar.html

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates

Posted by Freddy Falck on August 19, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Dark chocolate is probably one food that is not only sinfully delicious but nutritious at the same time. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains a good amount of soluble fiber and essential minerals. A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 70-85% of cocoa extract. If you further breakdown the contents, you get fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Of course, we can’t afford to forget that it also contains a considerable…

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Transgenic theobroma cacao

Posted by José Crespo on August 17, 2014 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Reading some papers about cacao propagation I stumbled upon a granted patent on embryogenesis procedure on theobroma cacao tree. What I found alarming is that as long as a decade there're methods to introduce external traits to the embryo. Oficially creating a GMO cacao tree.

Here's some extract from the document : 

"A “foreign gene” is intended to mean any gene or polynucleotide not naturally found in cacao. In addition, this technology enables the…

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Root Chocolate

Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 13, 2014 at 2:28pm 0 Comments

Dear chocolate makers and chocolate lovers,

I wanted to share my blog, where I'm writing about my chocolate-making endeavors and experiences. Please feel free to comment. If you'd like me to highlight your business or your ideas, shoot me a private message and I'll reach out to do an informational interview.

www.rootchocolate.com

Thanks for being such a great community!

Best,

Landen

 
 
 

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