I am looking for a source of organic cocoa nibs to use as is (after roasting and/or caramelizing) as an add-in in a bar. The chocolate alchemy site has 2 organic varieties for sale: Madagascar – Sambriano Valley and Dominican Republic “Conacado”.
I have a few concerns. He mentions at the bottom of his info page: "Where as these are winnowed, nothing is 100%. You may and probably will find small bits of husk, but nothing so bad as you can’t leave them in there." Having dealt with a batch of hazelnuts with small bits of shell in the past - I'm wondering how much of a concern small bits of husk are (keeping in mind they are being used whole)?
I am also wondering if I should be sourcing out roasted nibs as I don't have any experience with roasting. That being said - I roast nuts all the time... am I being naive thinking that I can manage roasting nibs?
If anyone has any other suggestions for organic nibs I'd love to hear them. I'm looking to purchase a small amount - approx. 10lbs. Also, does anyone have direct experience with the chocolate alchemy nibs (beans) listed above? I'm leaning towards the Dominican Republic Conacado out of the 2 (more neutral I'm assuming).