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Song Cho replied to Ritu Motwani's discussion What's the procedure for getting chocolates imported from other countries? in the group Chocolate In India
"Hello Rama, You can take a quick look at our website  We produce various chocolate including couveture and compound.  We are specialized in customized chocolate, so we normally work with…"
4 hours ago
Rama Chadha replied to Ritu Motwani's discussion What's the procedure for getting chocolates imported from other countries? in the group Chocolate In India
"Mr song, Could you please share your company details with me on do you manufacture good quality couveture, comparable in taste and flavor to dezaan or Callebaut. I might be able to put you in touch with an importer for…"
5 hours ago
Song Cho replied to Ritu Motwani's discussion What's the procedure for getting chocolates imported from other countries? in the group Chocolate In India
"Hello All, I've just came back from World of Food India Exhibition in Mumbai. I was there to find importer for our chocolate, and many visitors wanted to distribute our chocolate, but not many was willing to import it.  They seemed it was…"
5 hours ago
Song Cho replied to Amruta Pandav's discussion Chocolate Gifts Portal in India.
"Hello, I'm not in India, but I'm very interested in Indian market. Once you get order from India, how do you ship them?  Wouldn't it melt over time? Song."
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Facebook6 hours ago · Reply commented on Clay Gordon's group Chocolate In India
"Hi Everyone. We are an artisan 'beans-to-bar' manufacturer shortly opening in Lonavla, near Mumbai. We are looking for small quantity beans of various origins; both Indian and foreign for our single origin geographic specialties. Please…"
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"Hi We are now open in India would like to see what u hv on offer."
6 hours ago replied to Amruta Pandav's discussion Chocolate Gifts Portal in India.
"Hi We will just about be opening in India."
6 hours ago replied to Ritu Motwani's discussion What's the procedure for getting chocolates imported from other countries? in the group Chocolate In India
"Hi. I guess u r looking to import small batches of either liquer/couverture or beans for artisan production in India. I too am interested and if we could pool our demand, perhaps can share the costs and lower prices. Please get in touch - Madan…"
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Chocolate In India

Along with Australia and Hawaii, a very large number of ChocolateLife members are in India. ChocolateLife member Subhashini Rajasekaran asked me to put together this group as a place to gather and discuss.See More
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Rashmi Anand posted a discussion

online school for chocolate making

Can someone please advise on the ecole chocolate online school
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Rashmi Anand commented on Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
"Hello freinds. I am new to this group. I am planning to start making chocolates and would be needing guidance from the experts on this group. thank u all..."
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Startup Central

Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.See More
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Rashmi Anand replied to Rashmi Anand's discussion confusion about chocolates
"I am not making ganache. I was thinking of mixing the dark chocolate with the milk chocolate"
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Chocolate Gifts Portal in India.

Started by Amruta Pandav in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Song Cho 5 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi All,I am operations manager of www.ChocolateCity.inWe are not a chocolatier. We do not make or manufacture chocolates. But yes, we are fascinated about Chocolates.We just sell chocolates online.…Continue

Tags: Chocolates, online, City, Shop, India

online school for chocolate making

Started by Rashmi Anand in Tasting Notes 12 hours ago. 0 Replies

Can someone please advise on the ecole chocolate online school

confusion about chocolates

Started by Rashmi Anand in Tech Help. Last reply by Rashmi Anand 13 hours ago. 4 Replies

friends am new in the field of chocolate moulding. did a short course where I learnt to do different types of chocolates using 70 % dark and milk compound chocolate. However where I live in Ghana compounds are not available and unknowingly bought…Continue

Seattle area Chocolate folk

Started by Reverend Pearson Hobart-Beaumari in Uncategorized 14 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi y'all,Freshly transplanted to Kirkland from North Carolina, I am looking to meet some local chocolate folk for talk, collaboration, or even for a job if there are any available.  I have moved here so my wife can get her Doctorate.  While I am…Continue

Tags: Washington, Seattle

Medical Marijuana / Chocolate please share your experiences

Started by Paul DeFruscio in Opinion. Last reply by Reverend Pearson Hobart-Beaumari 14 hours ago. 12 Replies

As the debate heats up regarding the recreational use of marijuana, it is legal in 23 states for it use for medical reasons.  Can any share there experiences with the group in making chocolate infused with marijuana.  Second, do you think as more…Continue

my dark chocolate is white out of the mold, help with tempering

Started by sterling in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate 15 hours ago. 0 Replies

Aloha,I'm a beginner making chocolate in Hawaii with Hawaiian cacao. At first this was a challenge in my home 82 degree kitchen, but I am now getting a stable temper (does not melt in my hand), but a lot of my chocolates are getting white streaks…Continue

Tags: hawaii, hawaiian, tempering, dark, chocolate

Roaster review

Started by Donny Gagliardi in Opinion. Last reply by Daniel Haran 18 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi there,I am looking into some small scale home roasting roaster options.  I've narrowed it down to about 3: Behemor 1600, CocoaT Junior Roaster from Cocoa Town, or a stainless steel drum (RKdrums) hooked up to a rotisserie on my BBQ.From what I've…Continue

Fat Bloom, fat migration, under tempering? Wonder what it could be (pictures attached)

Started by Louwegi in Tech Help. Last reply by david ghobril yesterday. 15 Replies

Hi, I made some Dark chocolate yesterday and the bars already have white spots on them. The white spots are exactly where the inclusions (soaked and dehydrated Almonds) are. Is this Fat Migration, or a tempering issue ?Chocolate Bars set up in a…Continue

Sweating Sea Salt

Started by Michael Beery in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Ben Rasmussen yesterday. 1 Reply

I'm looking for help with an odd thing happening with Fumee De Sal smoked Sea Salt and our dark and milk chocolate.  After we top the chocolate with the salt, hours later the salt begins to sweat; on some days, it went so far as to completely…Continue

Calculating density of chocolate

Started by Amaleah Brigitte Black-Smiley in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Amaleah Brigitte Black-Smiley on Sunday. 2 Replies

Any leads on this?


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Blog Posts

Importing Cocoa Beans

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 25, 2014 at 5:34pm 0 Comments

One of the implications of wanting to partner directly with cacao farmers is learning how to import cocoa beans.

My first ever post on The Chocolate Life was a naive call for small-scale farmers to send me their beans. Little did I know that one of the biggest hurdles to starting a “from the bean” chocolate…


Root Chocolate - Chocolate Texture

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 22, 2014 at 4:35pm 0 Comments

At Root Chocolate, we've learned a lot since our first batch of chocolate and are starting to churn out more professional chocolate. However, we love the accessibility of our first recipe and its simplicity. Learn more about the biggest difference between our first and most recent batch, and what we have to say about keeping chocolate-making accessible!

Root Chocolate - Slow Food

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 18, 2014 at 5:16pm 0 Comments

A better, cleaner and fairer world begins with what we put on our plates – and our daily choices determine the future of the environment, economy and society. – Slow Food USA

This is so relevant to those of us who make chocolate at home and who take the time to create chocolate from the bean. Read more on the blog:…


A visit with local chocolate makers

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 15, 2014 at 6:46pm 0 Comments

Richard and I took our Root Chocolate selves over to visit another couple of local chocolate makers and we are so honored to count David and Leslie among our new chocolate - making community now! Learn more here:

Siriana Cacao

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 11, 2014 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

Read about our experience making chocolate with Siriana Cacao today on the blog:

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Supply chain and chocolate

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 8, 2014 at 6:36pm 1 Comment

What does supply chain have to do with chocolate? Read more on the blog about my personal connection to supply chain consciousness!


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