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Clay Gordon replied to Ash Maki's discussion Cacao beer or wine available in the us?
"The Black Inca beer is from Australia and you can contact ChocolateLife member Igor van Gerwen about getting some. We're registered for sale in California, so I need to connect to figure out how you can order. I will get back to you."
4 minutes ago
Sandra replied to Brent Peters's discussion Wanted: Video on cacao in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Would you be able to upload it somewhere or share it on drop box? "
28 minutes ago
Paul Picton commented on Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
"Maverick Chocolate Co. officially opens today.  We are a bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker located in Cincinnati, OH.  The ribbon cutting with the city officials is at 10 am and the Grand Opening Party is at 6 pm.  Thank you to Clay…"
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Brent Peters replied to Brent Peters's discussion Wanted: Video on cacao in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Yes, William. I'd be interested. brent (at) blackmountainchocolate .com"
1 hour ago
allison roberts replied to Andy Ciordia's discussion DIY Guitar
"Thanks for all the sharing guys!  I'm still using a pastry cutter but look forward to making a variation on one of these someday :)"
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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
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Milford Dennison replied to Mack Ransom's discussion After cleaning a Santha melanger, there are minute brown chocolate spots from water... in the group Startup Central
"I use a small garden hose with spray nozzel to make Sure it all clean or you can Use a brush and really hot water the only thing I would worry about is if you are making milk and dark because of the dairy hope this Helps"
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Mack Ransom added a discussion to the group Startup Central

After cleaning a Santha melange, the brown chocolate spots from water...

Hi TCL friends,I just bought my first melanger, a Santha 11, and did an experimental batch of chocolate. I must say it ground the sugar particles down to nothing in 3 hours. I was very impressed. So then I had to clean it. I got as much chocolate out of and off of the parts as I could then cleaned it in hot water and set off to dry. Now looking at it I can see little brown spots, very small,  that are chocolate particulate in cracks and recesses that has been in contact with water. So my…See More
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Virgilio Rubini replied to Virgilio Rubini's discussion Perfect Table Top Melters 2x20kg in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Only one left!"
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Virgilio Rubini replied to Virgilio Rubini's discussion Elsinghorst melter in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"OK video link is now viewable."
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Diana Levy replied to Virgilio Rubini's discussion Perfect Table Top Melters 2x20kg in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi Virgilio, I'm interested in one or both melters as well.  If you could contact me with more information at, I'd appreciate it.  Thanks so much! Diana"
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Catherine replied to Virgilio Rubini's discussion Perfect Table Top Melters 2x20kg in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Virgilio, I am interested.  A few questions:  overall condition, how old are they, and do they use standard trays?  And how much to ship to Boston? Please contact me at cbw at chocolatspassion dot com Thank you!"
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Linda Johnson commented on Clay Gordon's group Startup Central
"Thanks for taking your time to share, Milford!   Much appreciated."
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Cacao beer or wine available in the us?

Started by Ash Maki in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Clay Gordon 4 minutes 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 4 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

Afternoon in Paris suggestions?

Started by Michael Donnelly in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Gap 14 hours ago. 5 Replies

I have a free afternoon in Paris with my children and we want to go candy and chocolate shopping! I'm not sure where we will start out from but hope to see La  Manufacture de Chocolat Alain Ducass at  40 Rue de la Roquette, 75011 at some point of…Continue

looking for a decent tempering machine ASAP

Started by sabrina in Opinion. Last reply by Larry yesterday. 11 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

beans from the ivory coast

Started by Milford Dennison in Where to Buy yesterday. 0 Replies

Looking for some organic cocoa beans from the ivory coast of anyone has any or knows where to get some I would be great full

Chocolate for tempering?

Started by Bryan in Opinion yesterday. 0 Replies

I was wonder what chocolate people use for candy making? I need all 3 milk, dark and white. I was looking for a good brand that won't kill my bank account

newby maybe stupid question

Started by Jim Cameron in Tasting Notes. Last reply by cheebs yesterday. 14 Replies

So, I made my first couple batches of Chocolate a week ago and even with all my mistakes, it was GREAT.  Maybe like a hot dog when you are camping...better than a rib eye at home.  Anyway as I move forward and plan for my next batches, I was going…Continue


Started by mariano garcia in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques yesterday. 0 Replies

wanted to know if anyone wants to share a recipe of chocolate, as percentage of cocoa butter is placed in the manufacture of chocolateContinue

Can powdered sugar be used in making chocolate bars

Started by Jim Cameron in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Jim Cameron yesterday. 3 Replies

There seems to be lots of discussion about pulverizing the sugar before adding it to the chocolate liqueur.  Is there some reason powdered sugar is not used?Continue

Wrapping Solutions

Started by Mark Allan in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Mark Allan yesterday. 2 Replies

We have access to some very fine cacao now, some that a certain US artisan company is able to sell for $45/lb., after they convert it to bar.Our process is complete, but improving.I would like to find an economical, yet elegant solution for wrapping…Continue


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.

:: Clay

[Note: PayPal account is in the name of WebWideGuides.]

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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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