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Alison Holland
  • 45, Female
  • New Zealand
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Alison Holland and CM are now friends
Jul 30
Alison Holland and Jack Meyer are now friends
Jul 19
Alison Holland and Rik Roper are now friends
Jun 18
Alison Holland and Mike are now friends
May 2
Alison Holland replied to Paul Picton's discussion Rotisserie Oven for Roasting in the group Startup Central
"Hi Rik I don't have any baffles yet but it is something I am wanting to get done as there are slight differences in the temps between the 2 ends of the drum. With regards to emptying I just empty straight into a perforated tray underneath. Your…"
Oct 17, 2013
Alison Holland replied to Paul Picton's discussion Rotisserie Oven for Roasting in the group Startup Central
"It can do 25kg easily but I usually do around 20kg which is a suits the rest of my gear and also keeps it below the sample port."
Oct 16, 2013
Alison Holland replied to Paul Picton's discussion Rotisserie Oven for Roasting in the group Startup Central
"Howdy Ben, Below is an image of the drum we had built locally. It is a perforated stainless drum on a nylon bush. The image below shows the sample port and temperature probe that sits in the middle of the beans whilst roasting "
Oct 16, 2013
Alison Holland replied to Paul Picton's discussion Rotisserie Oven for Roasting in the group Startup Central
"Hi Ben It does display actual oven temp as well as the set temp but I wanted to have a reading of the temp in the beans so I also had a static probe put in the sample port. Not sure if that makes sense but I will try put up some pics so you can see…"
Oct 16, 2013
Alison Holland replied to Paul Picton's discussion Rotisserie Oven for Roasting in the group Startup Central
"Hi Paul I have a rotisserie that I had an engineer convert into a drum roaster which seems to work really well. I also got him to put a sample port into the side of the unit to allow for sampling without having to open the door or stop the…"
Oct 16, 2013
Alison Holland and KI Chocol' Art & Coffee are now friends
Jul 16, 2013
Alison Holland replied to thibault fregoni's discussion Dodgy Samoan cocoa dealer....
"Thank you for sharing this info Thibault - much appreciated."
Jun 19, 2013
Alison Holland replied to Andy Ciordia's discussion Chocolate Candy Bar Molds in the group Startup Central
"Hi Andy Hans Brunner make some nice molds, I found this one that looks slightly deeper than the one you are using. http://www.brunnershop.com/Rahmenformen/Formen-fuer-Riegel/Riegel-103-mm.html Cheers Alison"
Mar 4, 2013
peter mengler and Alison Holland are now friends
Feb 22, 2013
peter mengler replied to Alison Holland's discussion cacao farms in Vanuatu in the group Chocolate Down Under
"hi Ali email me and i can give you some contacts we ship beans from in vanuatu cheers"
Feb 21, 2013
Alison Holland replied to Alison Holland's discussion cacao farms in Vanuatu in the group Chocolate Down Under
"Thanks Tom, I thought we would need to go to some of the other islands. I've got time to do some research but was just wondering if anyone out there had already been."
Feb 20, 2013
Tom replied to Alison Holland's discussion cacao farms in Vanuatu in the group Chocolate Down Under
"My parents went a few years ago and they couldn't find anything easy out of Port Vila, I think they said that most plantations were on other islands. Sorry can't be more help"
Feb 20, 2013

Profile Information

Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
My 2nd batch of chocolate made from the bean.
My favorite chocolate is:
Lindt 70% - I am discovering that choice in New Zealand is limited!

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At 3:40am on April 22, 2009, Paul Soncodi said…
Hi Alison,

I see you are from NZ and you are looking for cocoa beans. Try Whittakers brothers in Porirua. The source their cocoa beans from Ghana and actually I think they are the only larger size manufacturers in NZ to make their chocolate from cocoa beans. They are a larger company but if you can get through to them they most probably be able to help. Other wise try Brian from APS Chemicals in Auckland. They are Barry Callebaut reps for NZ and some while ago they could source cocoa nibs so maybe can help with cocoa beans as well.
At 10:46pm on March 29, 2009, Tom said…
I think you can still order 15kg of beans at a time from Tava even though they are not operational at the moment - they won't do anything else or any smaller quantities. Well at least they did for me about 4 months ago. Langdon and Samantha (Tava guys) use this site.

Yes you can get pure icing sugar here, CSR or Bundaburg do it in 500g bags for about $1 per bag. I use it for all of my choc making as it saves quite a bit of time.
At 6:48pm on March 29, 2009, Tom said…
I see you have discovered the tragedy that is the Australian/New Zealand chocolate situation. I don't know about NZ but in Australia if you look very carefully you can find Cluizel and Valrhona - if you want some top notch choc to compare with your own creations.

I got into choc making so I would have access to good chocolate.

Also if you are looking for beans in the Oz/NZ region try www.tava.com.au they sell Vanuatu beans that I mainly use. They are extremelly chocolatey, I use them to make a dark milk choc and it is my best bar - according to the family and friends circle.
 
 
 

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