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Discussions Replies Latest Activity Chocolate Melter

Does anyone have any experience with these melters?  They seem to be a great price at less than $500 for an 18kg chocolate melter.    I jus…

Started by George Trejo

20 Jan 19, 2012
Reply by Clay Gordon

Fair Trade USA to split from FLO/FI

In a move that has sent shockwaves of disbelief throughout the "fair trade" industry worldwide, Fair Trade USA (until recently TransFair US…

Started by Clay Gordon

5 Jan 10, 2012
Reply by Rodney Nikkels

What are your impressions of certification programs like Fair Trade?

Certification programs like Fair Trade attract a lot of attention and there is a growing number of consumers interested in Fair Trade choco…

Started by Clay Gordon

10 Dec 31, 2011
Reply by Ancel Mitchell

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays From Brad!

Hi Everyone;   Having been on and off this forum for a few years now, and been roasted, ridiculed, and revered (mostly roasted and ridicule…

Started by Brad Churchill

4 Dec 24, 2011
Reply by Jim

West African cocoa and Gourmet chocolate

Is there a legitimate role for the mild West African cocoas in the Gourmet Chocolate industry?

Started by Alan

5 Dec 17, 2011
Reply by Sebastian

One Bar, Two Bar, Red Bar.....

I know... It sounds like a caption of Dr. Seuss Chocolate!  Haha!   I've been trying to do things a little different than everyone else and…

Started by Brad Churchill

15 Nov 17, 2011
Reply by Ice Blocks!

Questions for the Retail shop owner

I am currently in the process of renewing a commercial kitchen lease and have been considering opening a retail shop.  I wondered for those…

Started by Elaine Hsieh

5 Nov 4, 2011
Reply by Ellie Spaulding

Roasted cocoa nibs packaging

Hello, I would like to offer to my clients roasted cocoa nibs, and I have some questions about packagind solutions. I know that some chocol…

Started by Maria

1 Nov 1, 2011
Reply by George Trejo

Organic Cocoa Beans

Recently I talked to a chocolate producer and was told that organically grown cocoa beans are being fumigated prior to entering the United…

Started by helmut placek

2 Oct 31, 2011
Reply by Tom Neuhaus

Savour Chocolate School in Melbourne

I am contemplating a visit to Savour in January to do 17 days of training.   Has anyone been to this school?  If so, did you find the exper…

Started by Stu Jordan

4 Oct 26, 2011
Reply by Stu Jordan


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