I used to go to Monsieur Truffe's store at Prahran Market here in Melbourne when he first started up and was selling various origin chocolate bars. He now has a store running at
351 Lygon street East brunswick
Phone: (03) 9380-4915
Hours: Wednesday to Friday 8am to 4pm/ Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 4pm
His website: http://monsieurtruffe.wordpress.com/ seems to indicate he's making bean to bar chocolate and I know he had been planning this for a while. Has anyone tried his bars or know any more details?
I'll try and get out there at some stage soon.
You'll have to go visit the mini factory for us and take some pictures. Sounds like the whole set up is visible an right there for the customer to see. There are some photos and review at http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/71/1478726/restaurant/Victoria/Monsieur... still can't see the machinery though, but the place is bloody huge!
looks like he is only just starting with Tanzanian so the other origins must be the Callebaut.
I am the head chocolatier at Monsieur Truffe and am working out of the new factory space in Brunswick East. We are still in the process of experimenting and testing as we want to put out something of good quality that we are proud of. This means that unfortunatly at this stage I can't give a definite date as to when these products will go on retail sale. For the moment we are still making bars of different origins that we are sourcing from different suppliers like Felchlin, Cacao Barry, Weiss and Chocovic. Will keep you posted on our progress!
Thanks Jade - please do let us know when things are getting close
The Tanzanian cacao shell you sent is very good, very one has been loving the cacao tea we are making with it.
Good to hear, it's nice that something can be done with it. We always have plenty of shell on hand!
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Looks like they've got it off the ground