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Best way to melt Cacao Butter?

Just curious what is the best way people have found to melt down the cacao butter without the use of water or a microwave?  Just looking t…

Started by Steven Shipler

9 Apr 3
Reply by Gap

Tempering machine with a wheel/dispenser

Hello everyone. I need assistance. I am opening a chocolate company mostly selling truffles and maybe bars later (when I can do bean to bar…

Started by Klassy

28 Jan 19
Reply by Ravi Goojha

Stuck with Cocao Beans

  I got a frantic email from someone who claims to have:  “…raw cocoa beans from Tanzania. We have about 25 tons stored in New Jersey. The…

Started by John M Rossini

5 Dec 10, 2013
Reply by John M Rossini

Experimenting and Tempering with Criollo Bean

Im doing a little experiment here in Guatemala and I have some issues tempering something which is called ceremonial cacao. It is the crio…

Started by Harald

5 Nov 13, 2013
Reply by Sebastian

Purchasing Direct on Vacation

Hey I was wondering if anybody has any experiences they can share regarding purchasing cacao beans direct from growers. Mostly I'm wonderin…

Started by borncamp

3 Feb 6, 2013
Reply by Thomas Forbes

Cacao Arriba Harvest

The crop of cocoa Arriba in Ecuador this past late rains affected the plant production system, is predicted peak harvest, for the months of…

Started by Hector Velásquez

0 Nov 22, 2012

Washing Beans after Ferment

Here is another technique I see a little of in cacao processing, mainly in cacao I get from Samoa and Fiji. So what they do is wash the bea…

Started by Tom

13 Oct 17, 2012
Reply by Tom

Fresh cacao pods hooray, but what to do?

hi allI'm very glad with the freshly harvested cacao pods a friend of me brought straight from Sao Tome as a souvenir gift! Just 5 to play…

Started by Evert-Jan De Kort (Choqoa.com)

15 Jul 9, 2012
Reply by Tom

The Malting Process as it Relates to Cacao Fermentation

I have read now in a few places that the best chocolate is made from fermented beans that were left in the pods for about 4 days after pick…

Started by Tom

10 Jun 19, 2012
Reply by Robert Graham Erdman

Cacao farm tours to Hawaii's Big Island & Oahu and Mexico's Oaxaca & Chiapas

We are trying to plan a cacao farm & traditional chocolate tours to Mexico & Hawaii in the next few months that many of you have as…

Started by Nat

0 Apr 20, 2012

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