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cacoa beans fermenting in a burlap sack

cacoa beans fermenting in a burlap sack

on a trip to Venezuela a few years ago

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Comment by zhemin Park on August 10, 2009 at 4:56am
Thanks Eve for your comment ,I am learning from it .
Comment by Eve on June 28, 2009 at 6:26pm
Tom says: Fermented beans are typically covered in a greyish/whitish material. Non-fermented beans look a bit like whole, unskinned almonds, richly brown. Beans that make the best chocolate tend to look ugly while the unfermented ones look pretty. Many natural foods stores sell "raw cocoa" which is unfermented and has virtually no flavor. Fermentation leads to a cooking of the bean that kills it.
Comment by vilasr raghavan on June 28, 2009 at 4:12pm
hello eve, how do u know from the outer look of the cocoa beans that it is a fermented quality cocoa beans. Rgds/Vilas

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