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Piper Niemann and Dan Sundell are now friends
37 minutes ago
Franzi posted a discussion

How and where to sell cocoa beans?

Hello,I am new to this forum and have a few questions to all the bean-to-bar chocolatiers. I have a friend in Trinidad & Tobago who knows several cocoa farmers and would like to start a little trade business selling the beans to chocolatiers. I live in Germany and would like to help her.Now I don't really know how to start. Where do chocolatiers usually get their beans from? Should we start a website, and then people find us and order from us? How many kilos or pounds does a chocolatier…See More
1 hour ago
Balpreet Singh replied to Song Cho's discussion For the Indian market, Real? or Compound? in the group Chocolate In India
"Hello song, Indian market is too competitive and price is the major factor here. If chocolate is pricy it will go slow.. But with cocoa butter in chocolate it gonna be pricy. If you wanna enter with compound there are many players"
1 hour ago
Paul Picton and Piper Niemann are now friends
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chintan added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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chocoman 30 tempering machine for sale

i have almost unused chocoman 30 moulding and tempering machine for sale. machine capacity 30 kg please contact on drcnshah@yahoo.comSee More
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chintan joined Clay Gordon's group
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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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Song Cho added a discussion to the group Chocolate In India
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For the Indian market, Real? or Compound?

Hello Everyone,My name is Song from South Korea.  I would like to learn Indian chocolate market from you professionals.For next few years, do you see Real chocolate to grow? or Compound chocolate to grow? in Indian market?Also, pure chocolate product will do well? such as Cadbury's bar or other chocolate products that's mixed with nuts, nougat or cream?Please share your ideas, so that I can prepare to enter Indian market!See More
9 hours ago
Song Cho commented on Clay Gordon's group Chocolate In India
"Hello Everyone~ I've just joined the chocolate life so that I can learn more about chocolate itself and also Indian market. I'll be participating in World of Food India Mumbai 2014 next week Sept 24~26th. Please visit our booth under name…"
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Song Cho joined Clay Gordon's group
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Chocolate In India

Along with Australia and Hawaii, a very large number of ChocolateLife members are in India. ChocolateLife member Subhashini Rajasekaran asked me to put together this group as a place to gather and discuss.See More
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Song Cho updated their profile
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Balu Bala and Suresh Subbarayan are now friends
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Balu Bala added a discussion to the group Chocolate In India
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Cocoa Farms visit and "Bean to Bar" educational training at Coimbatore India

CocoaTown and Chocko Choza in Coimbatore are arranging a couple of Cocoa Farms visits and full day hands on class on "Bean to Bar" in Coimbatore Tamil Nadu India.  I believe this is the first of this kind program in India.17th Sep 2014, Wednesday, Cocoa Farm Visit & Educating Farmers about Quality Cocoa Bean Processing, Thodupuzha, Idduki, Kerala18th Sep 2014, Thursday, Cocoa Farm Visit & Educating Farmers about Quality Cocoa Bean Processing Aliyar, Pollachi, Tamilnadu19th Sep 2014,…See More
10 hours ago
Joseph Mazza replied to Joseph Mazza's discussion For Sale- Two 240lb. Hilliards chocolate Tempering machines in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hello John, I sold each one for $4500. That is the going market price. Good luck on finding a pair for 4500."
12 hours ago
J Shank replied to Joseph Mazza's discussion For Sale- Two 240lb. Hilliards chocolate Tempering machines in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi Joe, If you are serious about selling these units, I make you an offer of $4,500.00 for the pair.  These units are 15 years old, and the pump motors  have to be replaced with the more expensive updated ones should they fail.  These…"
13 hours ago
Justin Schaffer added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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Federal Chocolate Cases-Need to sell- 8 months old ( $9,000 for the pair )

I have 2 Federal Chocolate cases that i need to sell asap. I am changing my direction from retail to commercial and i need to purchase different equipment. The one case is a FCCR-6 with silver panels, anti-sweat heaters and upgrades to Layered LED lighting. The case is in perfect working condition. The other is FCCR-4, A non temperature controlled unit. It features a circulating fan & upgrades to Layered LED lighting. Product Specs: FCCR-6Product DescriptionChocolate and Confectionery…See More
14 hours ago
Landen Zernickow replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"Thank you again to David and Leslie for allowing Richard and I to visit and learn from you! You can read more at Root Chocolate here: http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/15/arete/"
15 hours ago
Landen Zernickow posted a blog post

A visit with local chocolate makers

Richard and I took our Root Chocolate selves over to visit another couple of local chocolate makers and we are so honored to count David and Leslie among our new chocolate - making community now! Learn more here:http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/15/arete/See More
16 hours ago
Kathryn Holt replied to Philippa's discussion For sale- Chocovision Revolation Delta, plus transformer to use it in Australia in the group Chocolate Down Under
"Hi Phillipa Just wondering why you are selling it? Did you find it didn't suit your needs, difficult to use? This is the one that sells for a little over $2000 US? Cheers Kathryn"
16 hours ago
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Chocolate Down Under

This group is for ChocolateLife members living and working in Australasia (Australia, NZ, PNG, Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji, etc).See More
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Forum

How and where to sell cocoa beans?

Started by Franzi in Uncategorized 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

Hello,I am new to this forum and have a few questions to all the bean-to-bar chocolatiers. I have a friend in Trinidad & Tobago who knows several cocoa farmers and would like to start a little trade business selling the beans to chocolatiers. I…Continue

Tags: farmers, export, Trinitario, buy, sell

Fat Bloom, fat migration, under tempering? Wonder what it could be (pictures attached)

Started by Louwegi in Tech Help. Last reply by Louwegi yesterday. 7 Replies

Hi, I made some Dark chocolate yesterday and the bars already have white spots on them. The white spots are exactly where the inclusions (soaked and dehydrated Almonds) are. Is this Fat Migration, or a tempering issue ?Chocolate Bars set up in a…Continue

Chocolate Delivery by Courier

Started by Amit Arora in Tips, Tricks, and Techniques yesterday. 0 Replies

Any suggestions on packaging for Courier of Chocolates in country like India so that quality is maintained. Continue

Tags: by, delivery, chocolate, ecommerce, courier

Refrigerated Chocolate Display for Chocolates

Started by Amit Arora in Where to Buy yesterday. 0 Replies

Can you suggest a company which can supply Refrigerated Display Unit for Chocolates available in India as we require it for our new store. Display should maintain required Temperature and RH. Continue

Tags: Chocolate, for, Refrigerated, Display

private label bars

Started by Bill in Where to Buy. Last reply by Sue foster yesterday. 2 Replies

Hi allI am looking for a company to make some private label bars for all our restaurants. We are looking for approx 3oz milk and dark . Does anyone know of a company that can help.Thx!!Continue

Tags: bars, chocolate, label, private

Cracking cocoa beans using a Brazilian coffee sheller

Started by Clay Gordon in Geek Gear - Cool Tools. Last reply by Ilya Snowdon on Sunday. 14 Replies

A ChocolateLife member in Hawaii recently sent me pictures of a Brazilian-made coffee sheller that they've been using in a lab in the University of Hawaii to crack cacao beans for winnowing.One of the things that makes this device interesting (apart…Continue

Small-scale (under 100kg) chocolate making equipment

Started by Clay Gordon in Tech Help. Last reply by Ilya Snowdon on Sunday. 9 Replies

Many of the new generation of craft chocolate makers start out using a 5-liter stone grinder sourced from India. They're great when you're in a startup mode, but issues start arising when you want to scale production - without having to get…Continue

Melanger

Started by Ismael Neggaz in Opinion. Last reply by Ismael Neggaz on Sunday. 4 Replies

Hello everybodyI'm in the process of getting equipped for some home chocolate production. Regarding melanger, I have to products in mind: The …Continue

Flat printed cello bags

Started by Kathryn Holt in Where to Buy on Saturday. 0 Replies

HiI've been using flat printed cello bags from Chocolat chocolat in Canada for the past 7 years. The flat bags really suit some of my products, and I prefer cellophane for its clarity. Unfortunately they have discontinued most of the printed ones,…Continue

Tempering & enrobing system advice

Started by Dirke Botsford in Opinion. Last reply by Al Garnsworthy on Saturday. 4 Replies

Currently looking for a tempering system with the idea of having an enrobing line to attach to it later down the road. I was looking at the Chocovision 3z as I like their equipment and their support is first class but they are still working on an…Continue

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Blog Posts

A visit with local chocolate makers

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 15, 2014 at 6:46pm 0 Comments

Richard and I took our Root Chocolate selves over to visit another couple of local chocolate makers and we are so honored to count David and Leslie among our new chocolate - making community now! Learn more here:

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/15/arete/

Siriana Cacao

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 11, 2014 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

Read about our experience making chocolate with Siriana Cacao today on the blog: 

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/11/siriana_cacao/

Thanks, Piper!

Supply chain and chocolate

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 8, 2014 at 6:36pm 1 Comment

What does supply chain have to do with chocolate? Read more on the blog about my personal connection to supply chain consciousness!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/08/supply_chain/

Tempering and Bloom

Posted by Landen Zernickow on September 4, 2014 at 8:38pm 0 Comments

Check out today's post on our experience with tempering and bloom. This has been one of the most evasive parts of making chocolate and we're looking for advice from the experts. Read about our attempts and let us know what you suggest!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/04/tempering_and_bloom/

Advice for making chocolate at home

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

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

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/02/clay-gordon-on-making-chocolate-at-home/

Cacao Sampaka

Posted by Ggirl Bldr on August 30, 2014 at 11:00am 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…
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