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David Menkes replied to David Menkes's discussion Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar
"Very interesting. So adding cocoa butter will keep viscosity down. How can you tell if you're grinding excessively?"
5 hours ago
Terry Wakefield replied to David Menkes's discussion Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar
"Depending on what kind of grinder you are using, excessive grinding will exponentially increase the aggregate surface area of the particles in the chocolate.  When this happens, there can be insufficient cocoa butter to fully coat all of the…"
5 hours ago
Dario M. Agesilao replied to Hong L's discussion Introduction with a few questions
"well, I'm from argentina, so I can't help you that much, but about the molds, polycarbonate molds needs an inyection die, that costs a lot of money to do, so if you are not going to make a lot of molds, really a lot, I don't think it…"
5 hours ago
Preston Stewart is now friends with Erin and patricia gowans
6 hours ago
David Menkes replied to David Menkes's discussion Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar
"Wow thank you so much for specific roasting times/temps!"
7 hours ago
Rodney Nikkels replied to David Menkes's discussion Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar
"Dear David,  The Conacado beans are normally well fermented but quite acidic. So you would need to roast them adequately and than grind them for the first 12 hours (we roast at 130 degrees C for around 45 minutes, using a ball roast). During…"
8 hours ago
Larry replied to David Menkes's discussion Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar
"I was curious about this as well. I searched "purple cocoa bean quality" and found this useful page. http://www.ccib.gov.tt/node/116  Fully purple bean is a bright purple colour, and may have the cheesy texture of slately beans. Such…"
8 hours ago
Preston Stewart added a discussion to the group Startup Central
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Chocolate Tempering Machines from alibaba.com

I've been on the lookout for a good mid-capacity (20-30kg) tempering machine.  While searching for them, I found some reasonably priced wheel-style tempering machines from alibaba.com which seems to be a sourcing site and most of them seemed to be made in China.  Does anybody have any experience with these machines?  Are the of comparable quality and design as their counterparts that they look exactly alike?See More
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Preston Stewart joined Clay Gordon's group
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Startup Central

Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.
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Raj replied to ALEX's discussion New working place plan in the group Startup Central
"Hi Would like to have more info on fbm 5.5 . Thanks"
9 hours ago
thechocolateclubhk commented on Vera Hofman's photo
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Cacao Hunters

"Hi Vera, May I ask where you did you get them? Thanks! Katie"
10 hours ago
Chirag Bhatia replied to David Menkes's discussion Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar
"Hi Sebastian, after I read this, i got curious and cut 50 of the beans i have in half. Almost all of them are purple/purpilsh inside. i was wondering what this tells you about the beans"
14 hours ago
Dario M. Agesilao posted a discussion
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Dario M. Agesilao left a comment for Mark Gerrits
"Saludos! que bueno estamos cerca!!"
19 hours ago
Dario M. Agesilao and Mark Gerrits are now friends
19 hours ago
Nicholas Whebell replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Group Review - Fortunato #4
"I tried one of these in Australia the other week as my father bought some. Its not often that I get to sit down and just enjoy chocolate any more. Anyway, my father told me about it first and said it was Tasmanian chocolate (the reason he bought it)…"
23 hours ago
Deborah replied to Deborah's discussion selling chocolates in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Milford. I also sell organic chocolate and my biggest ones are 1 1/4 oz which I have been selling for $3. So too cheap eh? But it is at the markets. I sell this size to cafes for $2 each. this is in Australian dollars. cheers Deborah"
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Sebastian replied to John Duxbury's discussion Milk chocolate changing color
"Generally speaking, it's almost impossible for a single bar of chocolate to be 'defective' due to the way their processed."
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Milford Dennison replied to Deborah's discussion selling chocolates in the group Startup Central
"I'm a bean to bar chocolate maker and I sell my 2oz organic bar for $6 and I no people selling 1.76oz for. $8"
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Deborah added a discussion to the group Startup Central
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selling chocolates

I know everyone makes different chocolates but how much do people sell their individual chocolates and bars at markets? How much do they weigh ie how much per gram for bars?I sell my raw organic chocolates for $1 each or 3 for $2.50 is this too cheap? They are not enrobed just have one flavouring ingredient per choccie. I don't do bars yet but want to get an idea of what to charge.cheersDeborahSee More
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Bean to bar viscosity after adding sugar

Started by David Menkes in Micro-Batch "Homebrew" Chocolate. Last reply by David Menkes 5 hours ago. 17 Replies

I'm experimenting with some conacado Dominican Republic at home, and after grinding for 24 hours I had super low viscosity (almost like water) with a super-small micron size. After adding sugar (30% to make a 70% bar) and grinding for another 24…Continue

Introduction with a few questions

Started by Hong L in Allow Me to Introduce Myself. Last reply by Dario M. Agesilao 5 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi, my name is Hong Le from Los Angeles.  I've been working as a web programmer in the internet sector for half of my life.  I figure it's about time I try something new and why not get into something that I'm passionate about.  I love chocolate and…Continue

800 gr. half an easter egg :D

Started by Dario M. Agesilao in Tasting Notes 19 hours ago. 0 Replies

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Group Review - Fortunato #4

Started by Clay Gordon in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Nicholas Whebell 23 hours ago. 23 Replies

This is the first in what I hope will be a regular series (at least quarterly) of Group Reviews, a new feature for 2014 here on TheChocolateLife.The idea behind the reviews is to get members to contribute their opinions about chocolates that are…Continue

Milk chocolate changing color

Started by John Duxbury in Tasting Notes. Last reply by Sebastian yesterday. 7 Replies

Hello All.  I've been using Peters Broc milk chocolate for about a year with no problem.  Today I pulled the third bar out of a box that I've been using this week.  I tempered it and it remained in the machine (Delta) for about an hour before I use…Continue

Temper Machine and Chocolate Melter?

Started by Chocolate Woman in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Larry yesterday. 4 Replies

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

Enrobing question

Started by Corey Meyer in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Clay Gordon yesterday. 3 Replies

Question for you all. Using an enrober, how do you enrobe things without them falling into the chocolate? Confectioners sugar on marshmallows for example. If it falls into the tempered chocolate, what does this do to the chocolate?

Callebaut Chocolate Academy

Started by matt black in Opinion. Last reply by david smith on Monday. 5 Replies

 Has anyone ever attended the Callebaut Chocolate Academy Classes??  Any thoughts about your experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...Continue

Cutting marshmallows

Started by Corey Meyer in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques. Last reply by Kerry on Monday. 1 Reply

We make our own marshmallows and enrobe them in chocolate. We have tried cutting them using a knife, pizza cutter and caramel cutter (6 blade rollers). All of them get sticky with marshmallow every pass. Does anyone else have any ideas? I considered…Continue

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Robot Coupe with Vacuum attachment to increase shelf life

Started by Anjali Gupta in Tech Help. Last reply by Sebastian on Sunday. 1 Reply

Hi,I am finalising my list of equipment for my new chocolate shop, and am looking at investing in a robot coupe with a vacuum attachment. I would be interested to know if anyone has any experience working with it and if it does in fact, increase the…Continue

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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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Chocolate-scouting in San Diego, CA

Posted by The Chocolate Tourist on March 26, 2014 at 8:21pm 0 Comments

San Diego is so cute.

Between the sunshine, the water, the palm trees, and the colorful little neighborhoods dotting the landscape, San Diego beckons to visitors and makes you want to explore. Since I was there for the race last weekend, I went in search of chocolate.

And I found Caxao Artisan Chocolates in Little Italy, as…

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