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Andy Koller replied to Andy Koller's discussion Old melangeur vs. modern wet grinder in the group Startup Central
"Hi Duffy Thanks for your answer. I thought about the same.But in the end I might need (as you mentioned too) another machine to make sure about the particle size. So I will have to buy one more machine and I will have one more working step. I mean I…"
51 minutes ago
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The DiscoverChoc Daily, by Clay Gordon: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Peter replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Buying panning machine
"Online converter says that 68F is 20C. Do you know what is the humidity level? From these two I calculate for you what is the minumum teperature of air that you can blow onto the product to avoid condensation. You will probably need that room…"
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lagusta yearwood replied to lagusta yearwood's discussion UPDATED LOWER PRICE FS: Martellato Confectionary Guitar Cutter, Driving Force 60CM (large format) with 3 frames. in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Updated listing with new lower price."
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Ismael Neggaz replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Buying panning machine
"Hi Peter, You have been very helpful. I really appreciate. If the room is little be warmer than 68F the fan won't work. Thank you. Ismael"
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Peter replied to Ismael Neggaz's discussion Buying panning machine
"If you just starting dont spend any large amounts of money on the set up. Get a small pan like in my link or one offered by Justin above (even cheaper). To make good or very good panned product consistently you will need controlled environment…"
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Adriennne Henson and thechocolateclubhk are now friends
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Landen Zernickow updated their profile
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Alek Dabo and It's Chocolate are now friends
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Scott replied to Jacob Royer's discussion Dallas Chocolate Conference/Festival
"The structure doesn't seem different this year from those in years past (i.e., educational sessions, tastings, and a mix of mostly local chocolatiers and out-of-town chocolate makers).  I've always found it to be a pretty solid value…"
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Advice for making chocolate at home

A new blog post is up, featuring Clay Gordon's advice for making chocolate at home. Enjoy! More
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Duffy Sheardown replied to Andy Koller's discussion Old melangeur vs. modern wet grinder in the group Startup Central
"Hi Andy,  I can't see why there would be any difference between well-set-up machines of similar types, eg old granite conch Vs new granite conch. Providing that the stones and beds were comparably worn and so on. Having said that another…"
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David Roach added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

FOR SALE: Carle & Montanari Chocolate Conche

We have a Chocolate Conche for sale, If you would like information, please contact me either here on this post, or at 928-846-7726. Carle & Montanari Chocolate ConcheModel CRN/16 Super1500 KG CapacityPriced at $18,900See More
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Francis Murchison replied to Francis Murchison's discussion Effect of Cocoa Butter on tempering
"Thanks for the pointers everyone! I have had increased success, although it is definitely baby steps at this point. So many little details to remember! So far using the deodorized cocoa butter seems to bring about better results. I am on the market…"
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Juan Pablo Buchert replied to Lisa R's discussion wholesale cacao beans/nibs in the group Startup Central
"Hi Cacao Lb    Total $    2.5               $22      5.0               $40       7.5              $53     10.0…"
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Mark Allan replied to Harald's discussion Ball Mill For Chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Try insulating your steel bowl. It will keep more heat in. Also, if making dark chocolate, do not add any cocoa butter until it has had time to conche. The cocoa butter will reduce viscosity and temperature. When I am making milk chocolate, the…"
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Dan Sundell replied to Harald's discussion Ball Mill For Chocolate in the group Startup Central
"I too would eventually like to purchase the Kleego but in the mean time, could I reduce the conching time in a grinder by blowing hot air over the chocolate such as with a heat gun?"
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Buying panning machine

Started by Ismael Neggaz in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Peter 3 hours ago. 8 Replies

Hi all.I'm thinking of buying panning machine to panning nuts & dry fruits.bath size 20 to 40 lbs.Selmi is just too expensive for me.I'm looking at Union Machinery and on the web they are so many.I would like to ask if anyone of you like one…Continue

Dallas Chocolate Conference/Festival

Started by Jacob Royer in Uncategorized. Last reply by Scott 8 hours ago. 2 Replies

Has anyone heard anything about what's happening with the Dallas event. Previously they had called it a "Conference" and this year they seem to have gone to "Festival".It seems a little more on the fad side of things this year. They seem to have…Continue

Effect of Cocoa Butter on tempering

Started by Francis Murchison in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate. Last reply by Francis Murchison 13 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hello chocolatiers!I recently came into a streak of what seems to be serious bad luck with tempering. Six failed attempts on three batches of chocolate. And this after years of relatively successful hand tempering. Here are the variables:Southern…Continue

Tags: butter, cocoa, Tempering

tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?

Started by mariano garcia in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Ben Rasmussen 17 hours ago. 5 Replies

need to buy a tempering machine and want to know what the best of these two brands.Continue

Someone known machines used to make plastic molds personal?

Started by mariano garcia in Tasting Notes 17 hours ago. 0 Replies

I want to make my molds to create custom productsContinue

Sugar Free

Started by Allie R. in Opinion. Last reply by Sebastian 21 hours ago. 10 Replies

I have been researching and testing various recipes for sugar free chocolates.  A friend recently stumbled upon a sugar free version during her family vacation to Williamsburg, VA.  The chocolate is claimed to be dairy free and sugar free and…Continue

job in confectionery industry

Started by Goran Vjestica in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Goran Vjestica on Sunday. 6 Replies

Do you say how I can to find a job in confectionery industry, special chocolate industry?Continue

Heavy Metals

Started by Tom in Chocolate Education. Last reply by Tom on Sunday. 9 Replies

I am wondering with all the new small bean to bar chocolate makers if any are getting heavy metal testing done. This I am curious about because some makers maybe get a bag or two in from obscure sources and heavy metal testing may not be something…Continue

Tags: metals, heavy

Packaging fudge

Started by Valerie Herskowitz in Uncategorized on Sunday. 0 Replies

We have decided to add fudge to our product line. How do you all normally sell it? And how is it packaged. Is it just placed in a box and sold by the pound or are their packaging inserts that are used like candy trays and cups are used for bonbons?…Continue

Where to buy chocolate in Europa

Started by Bjarne Bremholm in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Kris Kellens on Saturday. 2 Replies

It is very expencive to buy chocolate in Denmark.Idears are welcome :-)Bjarne - living in the suburbn of Copenhagen.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.

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Blog Posts

Advice for making chocolate at home

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 2, 2014 at 7:14pm 0 Comments

A new blog post is up, featuring Clay Gordon's advice for making chocolate at home. Enjoy!

Cacao Sampaka

Posted by Ggirl Bldr on August 30, 2014 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Cacao Sampaka

I've become a chocolate snob. Actually, I knew that, but I didn't realize how much of one I have become. Maybe I have always been one; I'm not sure. I was born into a family of chocolate aficionados after all, and my…

Clay Gordon on living the chocolate life

Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 28, 2014 at 9:46pm 0 Comments

“You never know when a small decision will have a profound impact on your life.” – Clay Gordon, the world’s first international chocolate critic

Read more on today's blog post, part one of a two-part series with The Chocolate Life's own Clay Gordon!

Chocolate Ganache-Topped Chocolate-Cherry CUP-PAKENs

Posted by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Chocolate and cherry is always a delicious combination, and this recipe is no exception. These 'cup-pakens' have mini cherry pies hidden inside of moist chocolate cupcakes.  Best of all, they are topped with a rich, real-cream chocolate ganache.  Try it!  I guarantee you will impress all…


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Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 25, 2014 at 9:57pm 0 Comments

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Winnowing Woes

Posted by Landen Zernickow on August 24, 2014 at 1:31am 0 Comments

Hi chocolate-making community,

A new post is up on the blog about winnowing. Help me figure out a smart solution for winnowing at home that doesn't break the bank or require expert engineering skills!

Looking forward to your advice!



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