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Reonne (aka Choco Mama) added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

For Sale - Savage Brothers Cooling/Heating Cutting Table includes roller and 2 cutters

$9,200  Like new.  530-277-6888This Savage Bros cooling/cutting table is only 3 years old and made of solid stainless steel. For fast, even batch cooling or heating, consistently batch after batch. Water-jacketed top plate for use with tap water or water chiller. 36 inch wide x 72 inches long. Use Sizers, Levelers and…See More
20 minutes ago
chocochoco replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Airbrush
"If I needed a food gun to just spray coloured cocoa butter (without chocolate) on molds, would the oilSPRAY (LM2) work for this purpose?   Thanks, Omar"
4 hours ago
Mack Ransom replied to Mack Ransom's discussion After cleaning a Santha melanger, there are minute brown chocolate spots from water... in the group Startup Central
"Thank you for these ideas Milford. I think I will try filling it with hot water and running it for a while and then re-rinse it using a toothbrush. Too bad it can't go in the dishwasher! "
4 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer left a comment for Kerry
"Closest is then NMI- 33975 Autry St, Livonia, MI 48150,  If you contact Al Roma he`ll be sure to help"
5 hours ago
Kerry left a comment for KREBS Chocolate sprayer
"I'm in Canada."
6 hours ago
Kerry and KREBS Chocolate sprayer are now friends
6 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Sam's discussion Which Chocolate Spray Gun to Purchase?
"Hi Kerry, I see you are in Florida- you can purchase the heated chocolate sprayer locally from Pastry Chef Central based in Boca Raton."
6 hours ago
Jim Greenberg replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"Yes I have been in discussion with Colin for a few years. We do not build new sprayers we sell them as brokers. Can you send me literature on yours and also advise if yours can supply pans from 16" diameter up to 42"? Thanks, Jim"
6 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"Hi Jim, the enquiry was 2 years old but I like your passion :-) btw- we use airless and have a heated handheld version. We use a smaller and very different technology to yours which might compliment your product portfolio. "
6 hours ago
Kerry replied to Sam's discussion Which Chocolate Spray Gun to Purchase?
"What's the cost of the unit? "
6 hours ago
Jim Greenberg replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"Colin - you know you can email me anytime Jim at unionmachinery dot com"
7 hours ago
Jim Greenberg replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"The sprayer is not the answer. Colin. Here is a great trick - get a wheel type machine like a JKV and cut a small piece of PVC pipe on a bias - 45 degree angle - and then rig the PVC into the mouth of the pan and let the wheel feed into it. The…"
7 hours ago
Jim Greenberg replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"Also - you need 80 PSI to atomize a fat-based material such as chocolate so the viscosity must be held at a constant (which is determined by fat content and usage temp). Jim"
7 hours ago
Shalini Latour replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"Hi Meira I currently wooden display cases. I fix up wooden CD case and just stamp my company name on them. I like them because they last and there is less waste. I am attaching the picture.  But as increase distribution I am getting requests…"
7 hours ago
Jim Greenberg replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"If the spray gun and the head are not jacketed for warm water flow then the gun will NOT work. The tube, head and any connections must have 105-108F water running constantly to avoid crystallization. Remember you do not want to use tempered…"
7 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Colin Green's discussion Chocolate Spraying
"Hi Jeremy To answer your questions- most guns cool the chocolate down quickly... and the beta crystals form much quicker in smaller, cooler areas like nozzles and springs etc.  Most are also not food grade (plastics / metals etc.). We have a…"
7 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Serena ML's discussion Anyone use the Krebs LM45 spraygun?
"Sorry for the late reply- we haven`t spent as much time on the forum as we should have. There are a few reviews and videos on the KREBS website. You can also use the KREBS LM25 multiSPRAY- it has less power but generally works really well with…"
7 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Airbrush
"Generally, the larger the nozzle number, the wider the pattern.  But nozzle hole size can also be matched the the viscosity (thickness) of your materials being sprayed. Thicker viscosity will need larger nozzles. In general, if you are working…"
7 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Karen H.'s discussion Air Brushing & Table Top Depositor
"I love the innovation of your home made spraying cabinet product- is great. We took the idea and worked it up into a product with the kind help of the Barry Callebaut chocolate academy.  The result- We`ve just launched a easy to assemble…"
7 hours ago
KREBS Chocolate sprayer replied to Mark Simpson's discussion Does anyone know good chocolate sprayers?
"Mark, I just answered you in a different post- happily, we can announce that KREBS has worked with companies like Barry Callebaut to develop a purpose made heated chocolate sprayer.  You can google the hotCHOC food gun or check out the youtube…"
7 hours ago

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Started by Ismael Neggaz in Where to Buy. Last reply by chocochoco 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi all,I'm trying to buy airbrush to spray cocoa butter into molds.When I looked on line I found the airbrush come with different noodles nozzle from 2mm 5mm........Which air brush should I buy.Any advice.Thank youContinue

Which Chocolate Spray Gun to Purchase?

Started by Sam in Tech Help. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 6 hours ago. 23 Replies

Hi!Any one can guide on which chocolate spray gun to purchase?Continue

Tags: gun, chocolate

Chocolate Spraying

Started by Colin Green in Geek Gear - Cool Tools. Last reply by Jim Greenberg 6 hours ago. 32 Replies

I have a small pan for panning chocolate covered coffee beans. Building up by pouring choccolate takes forever and is a vast waste of time. It is also something of an art as if I go too fast I get "doubles" (where the product joins together). If I…Continue

Tags: coating, spraying

Display boxes for chocolate bars

Started by Meira Neggaz in Where to Buy. Last reply by Shalini Latour 7 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi everyone,We are a small chocolate company based out of DC - we are looking for ideas on displaying our bars.  We have a few stores who have improvised displays of our bars - in baskets, or in tea type boxes, or on risers, but now some new stores…Continue

Anyone use the Krebs LM45 spraygun?

Started by Serena ML in Uncategorized. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 7 hours ago. 1 Reply

I am looking to purchase an airbrush/spraygun that is food safe.  The only designated food safe item that I could find is the Krebs LM45.  I've seen relevant posts on this topic but I'd like to hear more from others who've had experience with the…Continue

Air Brushing & Table Top Depositor

Started by Karen H. in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 7 hours ago. 30 Replies

Hello EveryoneI'm a little new to the chocolate world!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been doing it has a hobby for some years and now want to expand. I was looking into purchasing a air brush machine and depositor (table top) and wanted some suggestions. I'm…Continue

Does anyone know good chocolate sprayers?

Started by Mark Simpson in Where to Buy. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 7 hours ago. 7 Replies

I'm looking for a device to spray liquid chocolate onto baked goods, does anyone know what works well?Continue

Tags: spray, chocolate

Sprayer for Chocolate

Started by Chef Dave in Opinion. Last reply by KREBS Chocolate sprayer 7 hours ago. 2 Replies

What is the best spray gun for chocolate? I heard that Krebs guns are good, looking for info from anyone who has used them or any other brand. Need to find the best gun for misting chocolate.Continue

Tags: krebs, sprayer, chocolate, gun, spray

Cacao beer or wine available in the us?

Started by Ash Maki in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Clay Gordon 7 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi there,Anybody out there heard of, or know of, any wine or beer drinks that are made from or with cacao that are available in the US? Continue

DIY Guitar

Started by Andy Ciordia in Geek Gear - Cool Tools. Last reply by allison roberts 12 hours ago. 22 Replies

Anyone built their own Guitar?  I really don't want to expend resources on one right now and my brain just can't come up with the justification for the cost association, always seems like highway robbery.  We're starting to move out of hand rolled…Continue

Tags: homemade, diy, cutter, guitar


Support Clay's International Travels and Support TheChocolateLife!

June 2014 marks the first open meeting for Direct Cacao - a new association that is working hard to help create direct sourcing relationships between chocolate makers and cocoa growers around the world.

I would like to go, but my resources for international travel are limited and I don't have a consulting client who'll pick up my expenses. I've already been to the CHOCOA conference on sustainable cocoa earlier this year, and am looking forward to returning to Europe in October for the ORIGIN Chocolate conference. I am also going back to Peru for the Salon del Cacao y Chocolate in July and want to return to Ecuador for ANECACAO at the end of August.

$2000 will cover all expenses to go to Direct Cacao. Any other monies raised will go towards other travel opportunities. These are not tax-deductible contributions. However, if you do appreciate the resources and the community TheChocolateLife provides - completely free of charge - please consider a donation. As in the past, I will be blogging and uploading photos during my travels. I will be collecting donations (via PayPal) into the first week in June.

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Blog Posts

Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 2

Posted by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Here I am with Roberto Granja of Transmar, one of the larger cacao companies in Ecuador. Roberto was at last year's Salon as well and they buy production from San Martin and Huanuco in Perú as well as other places.

Above: I am wearing a real Panama hat. Although they are called…


Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 1

Posted by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 1:46pm 1 Comment

The 5th annual Salon del Cacao y Chocolate was held in Lima, Perú July 4-6. This was followed up by La Ruta del Cacao, a trip into la selva (the jungle) in and around Tarapoto in San Martin province July 7-9. I was one of a group of more than 20 invited international guests who attended both the Salon and La Ruta.

As with last year, the two events were organized and enjoyed the support of a broad range of organizations and government ministries including the Perúvian federal…


Choco Files

Posted by ChocoFiles on July 7, 2014 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

You can check out my reviews of the chocolates I've tasted at Choco Files. I also explain my review philosophy and I'm adding more and more files with my ratings for each bar.

Yabisi Kakaw : Rebooting Puerto Rico's cacao heritage. | Kickstarter Campaign | FINAL DAYS!

Posted by José Crespo on June 29, 2014 at 8:16am 0 Comments

Hello everyone,


For quite some time now,  I’ve been in love and fascinated with theobroma cacao, the plant. Whose seed was once used as currency in pre-columbian civilizations in South America  I live in Puerto Rico, one of the places the Spanish conquistadors brought seeds and and started commercial production in the 17th century. Historical records show that along with ginger, cacao was the main agricultural crop at that…


Introducing to My Self

Posted by Maroun Milan on June 28, 2014 at 9:58am 0 Comments

25 Years in chocolate and pastry business , i design pastry and chocolate and design Special Machinery i have more than 180 customers around the world , i give ideas and know how , sometime recipe , i help to provide chefs , machines . material , to share you any question in business start up even mechanical or electrical problems in your machine 

i hope i get good friends from this site since i belong to this business and chocolate life

Amsterdam's chocolate places

Posted by Sweet matter physicist on June 11, 2014 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Amsterdam is not only an extremely pretty city. It also offers some great options for chocolate lovers and its chocolate scene was growing fast during the last few years, so I now list the best Amsterdam chocolate locations on my blog. There are many very decent chocolatiers and some really excellent ones. There is a fantastic chocolate bar shop specialized in high quality single origin chocolates.…


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