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Fermenting Cacao Seeds: To Drain or Not to Drain?

A ChocolateLife member from Hawaii sent me the following question (lightly edited). As there are a number of cacao growers who are members,…

Started by Clay Gordon

4 Apr 13, 2012
Reply by Sebastian

Making Chocolate at Home

Looking for a little advice on how to better work with the chocolate as I go through the process of learning.  I purchased a Cocoa Town mel…

Started by Thomas Forbes

2 Nov 25, 2011
Reply by Thomas Forbes

Wet grinders in the U.K

Greetings to all at chocolate life,    I am looking for a wet grinder for small scale chocolate conching but am having difficulty in the U.…

Started by Joseph Davies

15 Feb 2, 2011
Reply by Clay Gordon

Cocoa beans at great prices

Clay I noticed that you are selling small amounts of beans. I make chocolate at home and am interested in trying some of the origins. I was…

Started by Tom

23 Jan 6, 2010
Reply by Sacred Steve

Help support local business

Hello, I wanted to let everyone know about a kick-butt local chocolate shop in St. Augustine Florida. You can view their selections here C…

Started by Mark Mahon

3 Oct 2, 2009
Reply by Ilana

Vanilla Beans

I have never added the entire bean to my chocolate. After asking this same question at the Chocolate Alchemy forum, I discovered that this…

Started by Andrea

2 Jul 9, 2009
Reply by Andrea

Ghana Roasting?

Hi All, I just got a shipment of Ghana beans from John Nanci and will start roasting them in a couple of days. My first attempt with this o…

Started by Frank Schmidt

3 Mar 27, 2009
Reply by Frank Schmidt

4 hours to complete two molds?

I hope I am not yelled yet (again). I know a lot of you guys have experience with chocolate, but I am a complete newbie and I am still tryi…

Started by Andre Costa

10 Mar 13, 2009
Reply by John DePaula

Mexican Tabasco ??

Anybody have experience and/or hints on roasting and processing Mexican Tabasco? I have a new shipment of 5 lbs of beans and would like som…

Started by Frank Schmidt

6 Feb 12, 2009
Reply by Tom

Cultivars and Related Species

There are approximately 22 Theobroma species, and about 15 are utilized for their edible pulp or seeds. Cocoa, Theobroma cacao, is the most…

Started by Koa Kahili

3 Feb 4, 2009
Reply by Tom


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