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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

5 Sep 1
Reply by Landen Zernickow

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

13 Aug 24
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 Aug 19
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 Aug 19
Reply by David Senk

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

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

Packaging PB Cups-Any suggestions?

Hi, One of my best selling wholesale items is a 2pc Peanut Butter Cup Package with standard sized PB Cups. Right now I package two of them…

Started by PHLChocolate

0 Jul 28

Cutting jellies

Hello All.  I've been trying to make my own jellies for 2 years with no luck - the pectin formula that I used would never hold the shape.  …

Started by John Duxbury

2 Jul 23
Reply by John Duxbury


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