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I am heading to Amsterdam on Feb. 21 for Chocoa and I wrote a prologue blog post. I am flying back through Reyjkavik and have scheduled a visit and tour of Omnom while I am there.

TheChocolateLife celebrated its 9th anniversary in January. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary, I will be leading a tour to Bolivia to visit Hacienda Tranquilidad and the Alto Beni to learn more about the cacaos silvestre - the wild cacaos - of the Beniano. Please contact me via Private Note if you want to receive more information as trip planning unfolds.

Want to know what I have been up to for the past couple of months? Read about my project down in Mexico. Gallery of pod photos.


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Alan Caldwell

alternatives to champion juicer

Posted On:  Monday March 27 2017, 11:48 AM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Beryl Wells Hamilton2

Hey Chocophiles, Ive been doing more and more, playing at home with small batches of beans. <3#. I still dont have a way to make a proper liquor. Doing it in…

Has anyone ever built a DIY ball mill?

Posted On:  Friday March 24 2017, 6:58 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Potomac Chocolate

Hello everyone –  Just curious if anyone has experience building/using a DIY/home-made ball mill, along the lines of  this (links to YouTube video).…
Kristofer Kalas

Kitchen Aid Panning Attachment For Sale

Posted On:  Thursday March 23 2017, 7:50 PM
Posted In: Classifieds
Last Updated By: @Kristofer Kalas

$650 new, asking $400 + shipping. Stainless steel, includes stand. Located in New York. 
Nick Shearn

Molding a bar with inclusions

Posted On:  Thursday March 23 2017, 12:55 AM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @thechocolateyogi

Hi All, I want to use some new bar molds I've bought to include caramelised nuts and other inclusions and I want to have a professional appearance with the nuts…
Kate Mulderig Mason

For Sale-Hilliard Cooling Cabinet-Lake...

Posted On:  Tuesday March 21 2017, 3:00 PM
Posted In: Classifieds
Last Updated By: @Kate Mulderig Mason

Hilliard's Cooling Cabinet, 2008 for sale. I bought this in 2012 from a small chocolate shop owner who bought it new in 2008. Excellent condition.  $2,200.00…


Beryl Wells Hamilton2
@beryl-wells-hamilton2 • 12 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "alternatives to champion juicer"
"Clay, Thanks very much for the link to Compatible Technologies International. We live in northern Minnesota, and they are in Saint Paul, so we..."
@mwlchocolate • 12 hours ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on @mwlchocolate:
"Hi I'm looking for a tempering machine. 15-30 kg ideally.  I'm based in Staffordshire, England. winnower, cocoa mill and roaster also. Thanks"
@chocotoymaker • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Chocolate"
"HAHA,         Brad, I am with you on the eating chocolate for the health benefits a one part joke and one part a marketing ploy by the industry to..."
Alek Dabo
@alek-dabo • yesterday • comments: 0
Created a new discussion "Help please! On Santha 40 Electrical problem":
"I've been using my Santha 40 seamlessly for over 3 years now but now the electrical box/variator gives me error messages and stops. I'm talking about the box..."
Brad Churchill
@brad-churchill • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Chocolate"
"Haha!  Gretahass that was funny.  General statements about flavanols and UV protection...  Maybe I should just spread dark chocolate on my skin..."
Potomac Chocolate
@ben-rasmussen • 3 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Has anyone ever built a DIY ball mill?"
"That is true. I'm not sure what I was talking about.    Maybe I just saw 50%, not 40-50%..."
Clay Gordon
@clay • 3 days ago

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Is Vietnam the new 'cool' origin chocolate?

Is Vietnam the new 'cool' origin...

Updated On:  Tuesday January 31 2017, 3:34 AM
Posted In: 
Posted By: @Lisabeth Flanagan
Comments : 1
Since Marou started making waves among chocolate lovers worldwide, there are telltale signs that Vietnamese cacao is becoming the trendy thing to do in bean-to-bar…
Our First Batch!!!!

Our First Batch!!!!

Updated On:  Wednesday January 18 2017, 12:49 PM
Posted In: First Coco Batch
Posted By: @Coco Queens
Comments : 3
We are a group of high school girls from Aurora Colorado. We are making our first batch of chocolate. 1.What do you guys do to make the batch what you would…
Project Grijalva - 2016 Report

Project Grijalva - 2016 Report

Updated On:  Sunday December 11 2016, 11:52 AM
Posted In: CacaoMEX
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 1
Back in April, I wrote a blog post about a project in Mexico I started working on: Cacao Grijalva. I won't go into much background here - that's covered in…
Why is chocolate box said to be the perfect gift for any occasion

Why is chocolate box said to be the...

Updated On:  Friday September 30 2016, 5:40 PM
Posted In: Chocolatier
Posted By: @ChocolakWorld
Comments : 1
Chocolate is something which is loved by one and all across the globe, regardless of any national or international boundaries and it is difficult to resist…
The University of British Columbia needs 50 cacao beans!

The University of British Columbia...

Updated On:  Monday September 19 2016, 5:44 PM
Posted In: research on Cacao
Posted By: @Pierre Gruget
Comments : 9
The University of British Columbia needs 50 beans from as many origins as possible. Please send some.   Dr Lu, from the University of British Columbia,…
Our class process

Our class process

Updated On:  Friday September 16 2016, 10:25 AM
Posted In: chocolate making
Posted By: @Psydynasty
Comments : 3
A few days ago we roasted our cacao beans at about 270 degrees and let them sit out we weighed and measured all the beans. We have gotten to the stage of cracking…
Frontiers of Science in Cacao Symposium

Frontiers of Science in Cacao Symposium

Updated On:  Sunday June 5 2016, 5:44 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 1
The 30th anniversary of the cacao lab at Penn State’s College of Agriculture was honored during last week’s Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality,…
Living La Vida Cocoa in Mexico

Living La Vida Cocoa in Mexico

Updated On:  Friday April 22 2016, 4:57 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 6
Mexico occupies a special place in both the genetic and socio–cultural histories of chocolate . Despite that importance, very little is known about Mexican…
Paul Johnson

Cacao Restoration in Puert Viejo, Limon...

Updated On:  Wednesday March 9 2016, 3:42 PM
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Posted By: @Paul Johnson
Comments : 2
The cacao forest that surrounds our chocolate factory is much like many other forests around here. It was planted about 120 years ago as part of a big push to…
Landen Zernickow

Premier Wonder Grinder

Updated On:  Thursday February 11 2016, 3:36 PM
Posted In: 
Posted By: @Landen Zernickow
Comments : 2
A new post is up about our new melanger and our biggest batch yet! Check it out at the address below: http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/25/premier_wonder_grinder/…

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