Good of you to email me. It is a shame but I won't be at the show. This will be the first time in years I won't be going, but I have too much to work on hear. You are welcome to call or email anytime. My cell and office phone are below. I am always ready to talk chocolate.
I hope you have a good show. You should send me a sample bar or two. It has been a couple years since I tried it. I have been meaning to carry your product, but I have SOOOOO much Madagascar and I have never gotten around to it. I would like to reevaluate. If it is not too much trouble, you can just give a couple bars to Art at the show. I seem him at least once a week.
Also, you should stop by Chocolatier Blue in Berkeley. If you do tell me and I will let him know you are coming so he will give you the grand tour. Definitely my favorite filled chocolatier in the U.S.
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My partner in my company, Zev ordered from you directly and had it shipped to my parents house in America. I just got back from the states and am working on a roaster made from an old gas maytag clothes dryer and some kind of winnower.
I really want to make some madagascar but it is very difficult to find someone to ship small quantities here at a reasonable price. I found in European warehouses but I'm having trouble figuring out the export ing. It seems that I need to have beans checked by an equivalent of the usda (don't know the eu one) in order to get a phyto since the phyto does not apply to beans in warehouse.
Anyway I appreciate what you have done with your chocolate and also the advice and help you have been for me. I wish you the best of luck.
I just wanted to let you know that I tried your three Madagascar bars next to many Madagascar bars. I loved the 75, a lot! It really reminded me of a 77% that I made not so long ago (except yours was roasted perfectly- not too high - I think in my batch roasting of these beans I may have gone a little high on some roasts since the roast flavor is a little more pronounced than I would like- and I noticed how well roasted yours was.
Alan, pleased to meet you. Looking forward to more interaction. I just did a great holiday collection of craft American makers that was a real hit and included Patric of course. PS - thought the "personal note" on your last newsletter hit the mark - thanks for your expression of pride. - Mme C.
Alan- Good seeing you too at the F.F. Show yesterday. You looked like you were on a mission or I would have stopped to talk a bit. There was so much to see. I had a good experience and learned quite a bit in the time I spent there. One day was enough for me though.