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Jul 10
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Hands on Chocolate Making Course: Tree to Bar in Mindo, Ecuador at Mindo, Ecuador

June 9, 2014 at 9am to June 13, 2014 at 4pm
Mindo Chocolate Makers 2014Chocolate Making Origins: From Tree to BarLocation: Mindo, Ecuador Dates: June 9-13, 2014Cost: $1,250.00 per person (price does not include housing, meals, or transportation to and from Mindo) Monday June 99:00 am-12:00 pmChocolate Making from the Bean: micro batches of pure chocolateWe will take a look at Mindo Chocolate Maker’s process and put in our first batch of chocolate. Tuesday June 109:00 am -3:00 pmPlantation tour to an organic, shade grown, small family…See More
Feb 6
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Hands on Chocolate Making Course: Tree to Bar in MIndo, Ecuador at Mindo, Ecuador

June 9, 2014 at 9am to June 13, 2014 at 4pm
Mindo Chocolate Makers 2014Chocolate Making Origins: From Tree to BarLocation: Mindo, Ecuador Dates: June 9-13, 2014Cost: $1,250.00 per person (price does not include housing, meals, or transportation to and from Mindo) Monday June 99:00 am-12:00 pmChocolate Making from the Bean: micro batches of pure chocolateWe will take a look at Mindo Chocolate Maker’s process and put in our first batch of chocolate. Tuesday June 109:00 am -3:00 pmPlantation tour to an organic, shade grown, small family…See More
Jan 29
Barbara Wilson and Mahesh joshi are now friends
Jan 29
Barbara Wilson is now friends with stephen Sembuya and ramya
May 30, 2013
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Chocolate Making Origins: Hands on Chocolate Making from Tree to Bar at Mindo, Ecuador

June 10, 2013 at 9am to June 14, 2013 at 4pm
This course includes all steps of chocolate making from visiting the cocoa plantation and harvesting yourself, tasting fresh fruit, fermenting, drying, roasting, grinding, winnowing, conching, tempering and molding. We will also make truffles using artisan chocolate. You will package what you made to take home with you. We will have daily discussions about the different aspects of the chocolate making business and we will also taste and compare chocolate each day. Hours: vary each day contact…See More
Feb 19, 2013
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Chocolate Making Course at Mindo

"Hi Stephen,  Our next course in Mindo, Ecuador. June 10-14, 2013 contact me directly for more information at bwilson@mindochocolate.com Barbara"
Feb 7, 2013
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Chocolate Making Origins: Hands on Chocolate Making from Tree to Bar at Mindo, Ecuador

June 10, 2013 at 9pm to June 14, 2013 at 4pm
This course includes all steps of chocolate making from visiting the cocoa plantation and harvesting yourself, tasting fresh fruit, fermenting, drying, roasting, grinding, winnowing, conching, tempering and molding. We will also make truffles using artisan chocolate. You will package what you made to take home with you. We will have daily discussions about the different aspects of the chocolate making business and we will also taste and compare chocolate each day. Hours: vary each day contact…See More
Feb 7, 2013
stephen Sembuya commented on Barbara Wilson's photo
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Chocolate Making Course at Mindo

"Hello Barbra Wilson, am Stephen from Kampala, Uganda. am interested in a short bean to bar course, please advise where i can go for one."
Jan 25, 2013
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Oct 23, 2012
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Chocolate Making Course at Mindo Chocolate Makers

"Only two weeks until our Bean to Bar hands on Chocolate making course starts. Sign up now if you are interested in Joining us in Michigan. Contact me at bwilson@mindochocolate.com"
Sep 11, 2012
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Aug 14, 2012
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Bean to Bar: Hands on Chocolate Making Course at Mindo Chocolate Makers in Dexter, Michigan

September 24, 2012 at 9am to September 28, 2012 at 12:30pm
Mindo Chocolate MakersBean to Bar: Hands on Making Artisan Chocolate from the BeanLocation: Dexter, MichiganDates: September 24-28, 2012Times: 9:00 am-12:30 pm Cost: $750.00 per person(price does not include housing, meals, or transportation to and from Dexter, Michigan) MondaySeptember 249:00 am-12:30 pmChocolate Making from the Bean: micro batches of pure chocolate, milk and whiteTuesdaySeptember 259:00 am -12:30 pmFlavor of ChocolateWednesdaySeptember 269:00 am-12:30 pmProcessing Cocoa…See More
Aug 13, 2012
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Bean to Bar: Hands on Chocolate Making Course at Mindo Chocolate Makers in Dexter, Michigan

September 24, 2012 at 9am to September 28, 2012 at 12:30pm
Mindo Chocolate MakersBean to Bar: Hands on Making Artisan Chocolate from the BeanLocation: Dexter, MichiganDates: September 24-28, 2012Times: 9:00 am-12:30 pm Cost: $750.00 per person(price does not include housing, meals, or transportation to and from Dexter, Michigan) MondaySeptember 249:00 am-12:30 pmChocolate Making from the Bean: micro batches of pure chocolate, milk and whiteTuesdaySeptember 259:00 am -12:30 pmFlavor of ChocolateWednesdaySeptember 269:00 am-12:30 pmProcessing Cocoa…See More
Jun 27, 2012

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
The first time I made my own chocolate.
My favorite chocolate is:
Mindo chocolate 77%

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At 12:25pm on February 14, 2012, Mimi Wheeler said…

Hi Barbara. Thank you for your note. As I wrote to Joe, unfortunately, Norm and I will not be able to make it to Ecuador this spring. I am hoping for November. The tickets were too expensive when we started looking too late. Hope you both are doing well!

Warm regards, Mimi

At 11:09am on May 6, 2010, Clay Gordon said…
Barbara: I've been following your conversation with Matt and visited your site. I appreciate and encourage what you're doing in-country. The world needs more of these kinds of operations.

However, the following statements in one of the paragraphs on your site are not correct:

Cacao originated in the Amazon basin in Ecuador and the cacao tree variety is called Nacional (or criollo) and is considered to be in the top 2% of quality cacao beans. Nacional only grows in Ecuador.

- Cacao did originate in the Upper Amazon River basin. There is no evidence that conclusively points to its origin in what is now Ecuador. Provenance could just as easily be Peru, Bolivia, and/or Brazil.

- Nacional is not a variety of criollo, but a variety of forastero that exhibits fine flavor cacao characteristics. Criollos were bred from forastero varieties introduced into Mesoamerica thousands of years ago.

- Nacional is considered to be a fine flavor cocoa bean. Fine flavor cocoa represents about 3% of the world harvest at the moment. Nacional is in that 3% - but is not considered to be the top 2% of the top 3% - which is what is implied.

- Nacional will grow anywhere in the world that cacao grows. However, there is a particular flavor profile associated with Nacional (called Arriba) that does not develop when Nacional is planted outside of specific areas of Ecuador.

I hope this clears things up.
At 5:39pm on May 4, 2010, Matt Caputo said…
Barbara,
I would love to buy wholesale, but first, do you offer samples?
Thanks,
Matt
www.caputosdeli.com
At 11:24pm on May 2, 2010, Matt Caputo said…
Do you have a website? I would like to check it out. Also, do you sell wholesale?
Thanks,
Matt
At 8:20am on May 2, 2010, Matt Caputo said…
what is Mindo chocolate?
 
 
 

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