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Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to talk to others who've been there or done that - or have you been there and done it and want to share with others? This is the place to discuss it.

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Startup Central

Do you make great chocolates? Know everything there is to know about tempering chocolate and cooking the perfect caramel? Able to turn out thousands of finished chocolates without blinking any eye?

Does the thought of using Quickbooks or writing a business plan sends you screaming into the walk-in begging for mercy?

This group is for you. When you join, please introduce yourself to the group in a comment on this page. Yes, I know you have a profile page, but it would be great to have you add a few words about you and your business in the context of this group. If you have a website, feel free to post a link to it. Please don't post a link to your profile page, people can just click on your profile photo to visit that.

PS. Below is the full picture I used for the Group photo. It's a chocolate store/cafe in Mexico. Those are stone mills (the kind Taza uses) to the right of the guy with his back to you in the blue shirt and notice that they are selling beans. The stone mills suggest that this store is located in Oaxaca.

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Comment by Samson on August 2, 2014 at 4:29am


I'm Samson from Tbilisi/Georgia. I'm new here, need a help of experienced people. :)

Planning to start a small shop selling organic raw cocoa beans, nibs, cocoa powder. But the problem is that Georgia (Republic of) it's a South Caucasus region)) is very far from cocoa origin countries, so we have a problem with source and transportation.

Can anybody recommend who can supply me with cocoa raw organic beans, nibs and cocoa powder in small quantities (100-150 kg. approximately)?  May be  directly from farm, if it is possible?.. But no middlemen, please!

Please advice me if you know where I can start searching or may be you are the person  I'm looking for.

Thanks a lot for help to All!

Comment by Paul Picton on July 22, 2014 at 8:12am

Maverick Chocolate Co. officially opens today.  We are a bean-to-bar craft chocolate maker located in Cincinnati, OH.  The ribbon cutting with the city officials is at 10 am and the Grand Opening Party is at 6 pm.  Thank you to Clay and everyone on Chocolate Life for helping us get started.  Full details are on our Facebook page.

Comment by Linda Johnson on July 21, 2014 at 9:01pm

Thanks for taking your time to share, Milford!   Much appreciated.

Comment by Milford Dennison on July 21, 2014 at 7:55pm
I only ship priority mail use a insulated bubbles wrap envelope and a ice wrap they are sheets of dri ice just soak in water and put in the envelope seal and send I have sent from pa to or and had no problems
Comment by Linda Johnson on July 21, 2014 at 5:59pm

Hello!  I am new to the chocolate world and Chocolate Life, I am starting an online chocolate business with the goal of having a shop this coming January.  I'm still working on my website, it should be up in a couple of weeks.  Everything is a learning experience for me...this week I'm learning about true food photographers.  Since I don't have a shop it's important my photos say "bite me."  I've learned so much from Chocolate Life so far, it's my first Go To place whenever I have a question:  such as the best way to ship chocolate in the summer.  I learned that one after I received two boxes of "chocolate soup".  I said "Yikes" I would NEVER want this to happen to chocolate I've shipped.  Everything is a learning experience!  Looking forward.  -Linda Johnson

Comment by Milford Dennison on July 1, 2014 at 3:39pm
The best place to buy quality bean in small quantities is chocolate alchemy. Com he has a good varity and good prices
Comment by Dario M. Agesilao on June 1, 2014 at 1:28pm

Comment by Sue Siegal on May 12, 2014 at 3:18pm

Thank you for sharing  the info on the Savage table - most informative - 


Comment by Brittany on April 14, 2014 at 4:51pm

Hi! I've been obsessed with finding the nutrition in chocolate and that has led me into the whole world of cacao. It began as a hobby and now I'd like to turn chocolate into my career. I'm experimenting with bean-to-bar methods and plan to visit some cacao farms soon. Excited to connect with all the experts in this group! 

Comment by David Menkes on April 10, 2014 at 1:13pm

Hello, I started a chocolate blog a while back called Little Brown Squares and recently attended Madre's Cacao Bootcamp and am taking the plunge into making my own bean to bar chocolate! I'm starting very, very small and still experimenting a lot, and am very focused on growing and fermentation techniques in addition to the myriad of issues turning raw cacao into bars. I'm going to be traveling to Guatemala next week to check out several farms, including one an old friend took over called Izabal Agroforest, and will be traveling to the Dominican Republic after that to meet with CONACADO and other co-ops there. I'm really looking forward to getting things off the ground in a small yet meaningful way.


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