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We're getting ready to sign the lease (we hope) in the next week or so for an 1860 square foot space in a tiny little business/industrial p…

Started by David Senk

123 2 hours ago
Reply by Landen Zernickow

making my own transfer sheets

Hello there! I want to make my own transfer sheets. I have acetate sheets, cocoa butter and some good quality colour powders. Do I need to…

Started by Shanta Reddy

4 yesterday
Reply by Diane A Holland

Problem with first batch and need advice.

 I roasted 2lbs. of some nice Madagascar beans. Everything seemed went fine with the first roast, winnowing and the melanger process. I put…

Started by Jack Meyer

17 yesterday
Reply by David Senk

Ball Mill For Chocolate

Did anyone ever use a ball mill to grind chocolate and has any experience with that? They seem much cheaper then a roller stone grinder eve…

Started by Harald

22 on Sunday
Reply by Clay Gordon

Sourcing cacao beans

Hi all, I'm planning on starting a small bean to bar company and am hoping to source directly from a family farm. I care about the well-bei…

Started by Landen Zernickow

4 Aug 13
Reply by Harald

Chinese Tempering machines

Dear All, Are there good Chinese tempering machines for a small/medium size chocolate shop? Thanks! Andre

Started by Andre Banks Rocha

15 Aug 12
Reply by Colin Green

Grinding & winnowing

If anyone uses a Crankenstein cocoa mill, could you share your thoughts about how well it works?  Also, what are you using to winnow?  Are…

Started by Beth Bromund

12 Aug 8
Reply by Jennifer Smith

Pre-Grinding just to clean the last shells?

Hi have read the discussion in the forum about wheter pre-grinding is necessary or not. And I can see the viewpoints of the persons answere…

Started by Andy Koller

0 Aug 6

Make your own v. resell

A question for those shops that make their own everything you sell made by you or do make your own and resell. This is for…

Started by PHLChocolate

1 Aug 2
Reply by Milford Dennison

Sales Reps

Hi, I am considering hiring a commission based sales rep for my company. I am not really interested in a company that specializes in this…

Started by PHLChocolate

1 Jul 28
Reply by Mark Allan


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