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Preston Stewart added 2 discussions to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
3 hours ago
Colin Green left a comment for Jonathan Lee
"Pleased to share Jonathan. I have a pretty simple operation. I really wanted an enrober but I came to see that it's more than I'm comfortable in paying for. So I just have two pans and limit myself to panned products. Phone is…"
3 hours ago
Colin Green and Jonathan Lee are now friends
4 hours ago
Andrea Bauer replied to Andrea Bauer's discussion Fruit purée brands
"I have seen the same thing as you with the Boiron flavors. I haven't seen the Sicoly brand you mentioned. I was hoping someone out there had some experience with or an opinion about Perfect Purée (Napa). I am closer to CA so the shipping…"
4 hours ago
Chocolate Lover replied to Chocolate Woman's discussion Peanut Butter Cups
"Hi Clay, Are there one-shot machines available that are less than $100,000?  I was considering buying one but after doing some research could not find one less than 100K (which is way too pricey at this point). "
4 hours ago
Ben Rasmussen replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
6 hours ago
Greg Gould replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I have the old Chef Rubber vibrator and I bought it used through the forum.  I'm pretty sure it's just a re-branded dental vibrator.  I like mine a lot and my molded chocolates are 99% bubble free."
7 hours ago
Robin Autorino left a comment for Preston Stewart
"I will video the table tomorrow.  Do you want me to send it to you via email or the a reply comment here? "
9 hours ago
Robin Autorino and Preston Stewart are now friends
9 hours ago
Jim Haro left a comment for Brad Churchill
"hi Brad, I´ve been following you for a long while, and frankly have learned a lot with your posts. Thanks for sharing. In one of your posts about one year ago you mentioned you were developing a new, sturdy and versatile tempering machine of…"
10 hours ago
Robin Autorino replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"It's not longer carried by Chef Rubber, they have gone to a much more expensive model."
10 hours ago
Preston Stewart replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I guess I'm not seeing what you're referring to...which one is it like, from their website? http://www.shopchefrubber.com/Vibrators-and-Vacuum-Chambers/"
10 hours ago
Robin Autorino replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"No, t's not the same one CR currently carries but it is approximately 6" x 8".  I bought it 2 years ago and it was around $200."
10 hours ago
Preston Stewart replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
11 hours ago
Robin Autorino replied to Preston Stewart's discussion WANTED: Vibration Table in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"How big of a table are you looking for?  I have one from Chef Rubber that has become redundant.  It would cost $45 plus shipping.  It's not the same one CR currently carries but it is approximately 6" x 8"."
11 hours ago
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Preston Stewart is now friends with Rita da Silva Piedade Antunes and matt black
13 hours ago
Preston Stewart replied to Rita da Silva Piedade Antunes's discussion FOR SALE PREFAMAC TEMPERING AND MOULDING MACHINE AND CHOCOLATEWORLD COOLED WORKING TABLE in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Interested in the Prefamac Tempering machine, please send me a PM."
13 hours ago
Rita da Silva Piedade Antunes and Kevin are now friends
14 hours ago
Rita da Silva Piedade Antunes added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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FOR SALE PREFAMAC TEMPERING AND MOULDING MACHINE AND CHOCOLATEWORLD COOLED WORKING TABLE

Hi,I have an artisan chocolate atelier situated in Portugal and i´m selling 3 equipments that no longer have the capacity for our production. they are two PREFAMAC COMPACT MOULDING MACHINE TYPE II, 15kg tank capacity (you can see the machine in prefamac website) and a CHOCOLATEWORLD COOLED WORKING TABLE 2 DOORS (also you can see in their website).We have a transport company that works with us and makes deliveries from Portugal to Europe or the USA (to the address of the client). The machines…See More
15 hours ago
 

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Fruit purée brands

Started by Andrea Bauer in Opinion. Last reply by Andrea Bauer 4 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hi All,I am in need of some fruit purées and am interested to know which brands people prefer. I have a brand I already use but I haven't been going through it as fast as expected and I feel the quantity I need to order is too much. I'd like to hear…Continue

Peanut Butter Cups

Started by Chocolate Woman in Where to Buy. Last reply by Chocolate Lover 4 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hello community. Can someone point me in the direction of a machine that can make peanut butter cups? Thanks!Continue

How to calculate how much chocolate enrobing for each bonbon?

Started by him in Tech Help. Last reply by Clay Gordon 15 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hi there,If I make 40 bonbon, how to calculate how much chocolate for each bonbon? in approximately how many (g) chocolate to enrobing for each bonbon? Thank Continue

Chocolate Love: what first drew you to a life saturated with chocolate?

Started by The Chocolate Tourist in Allow Me to Introduce Myself yesterday. 0 Replies

The Chocolate Tourist is all about the stories behind chocolate makers and what motivates an artisan's passion to work with beans.For me, it all started with an atypical northern…Continue

Packaging Machine

Started by Chocolate Woman in Where to Buy yesterday. 0 Replies

Does anyone have a suggestion about a machine we can use for wrapping bars?  A cold seal machine? It is ok to have it manual, but I want something to speed up production.  We are trying to stay under $2000.  Any advice is most welcome. Continue

CocoaTown Belt Shredding

Started by Nichole Warner in Tech Help yesterday. 0 Replies

I just used my CocoaTown ECGC-65A for the first time last week and ended up with black powder all over the floor and under the bowl that appears to be shredded rubber from the belt. I pre-ground the nibs and it was a very small batch, less than 15…Continue

savage bros Tempering & Molding Workstation vs the selmi top ex

Started by Ash Maki in Tech Help on Monday. 0 Replies

Hi i am looking for anyone with experience with either or both machines and if some one could point me in the direction of which one might be a better buy... Thanks I do understand that the selmi is continues feed option but any feedback would be…Continue

Guitar cutter

Started by Dirke in Where to Buy. Last reply by Daniel Herskovic on Sunday. 5 Replies

I am thinking of biting the bullet and buying a guitar cutter, and looking for a supplier in Canada. Anyone know of anyone? or even a used one....Secondly, any recommendations? Double guitar or single? Pros or cons...do you find you use it enough to…Continue

Tags: guitarcutter, cutters

Temper Machine and Chocolate Melter?

Started by Chocolate Woman in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Chantelle Giardina on Sunday. 5 Replies

Do you need both a chocolate melter machine and a temper machine?  Or does the temper machine do the melting as well?Continue

deZaan Chocolate Review

Started by John E in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Philippe Tytgat on Saturday. 3 Replies

What do you fellow chocolatiers think about deZaan chocolates? DeZaan positioning seems to be high quality at competitive pricing. One rep mentioned that deZaan is just as good or better than Callebaut but at a lower cost (also comparable to…Continue

Tags: brands, opinion, dezaan, valrhona, felchlin

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Cacao Sense Dingayan Cacao Farm Story

Posted by Pinoy Chocophile on April 22, 2014 at 12:56am 0 Comments

Cacao sense is common sense

Most of our practices are based on common sense, keen observations and experiences gained throughout the years of our operations. In the farm, we have existing shade trees, like madre de kakaw and the big…

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Book Review: "Chocolate Chocolate," by Frances Park & Ginger Park

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 13, 2014 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

I hope you will love this book as much as I did! A charming memoir of 25 years in business at the Washington, DC chocolate shop of the same name. A boost to every entrepreneur, dreamer, and chocolate lover.

Read all about it!

Chocolate Chocolate - family-run shop in DC

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

What do you call the neighborhood shop that represents the dreams, hard work, family loyalty, and enduring passion for chocolate of two very special sisters? Chocolate Chocolate.

Read all about it on The Chocolate Tourist blog!…

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The Chocolate Chase - looking for chocolate in all the wrong places

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 2, 2014 at 2:53pm 0 Comments

...and finding it (eventually).

A morning in Georgetown leads us on a wild goose chase! But chocolate always comes through in the end.

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Monday Mug: Magic Chocolate Elixir (Zero Calories!)

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on April 1, 2014 at 12:32pm 0 Comments

Ahhh, Monday! The first day of a new week. The first week of a new month.

The first opportunity for hot chocolate. And joke recipes!

 

Find the …

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How we make Mámor's Koko Samoa Chocolate Tea

Posted by Howard & Hanna Frederick on March 30, 2014 at 9:16pm 0 Comments

mamor-koko-samoa-tea Mámor own Koko Samoa Tea One of the most popular hot drinks at the High Tea Szalón is “Mámor Koko Samoa Chocolate Tea”. We have been serving this innovative new "tea" to Australians for three years now and finally we’d like to reveal…

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