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Beata Corson
  • Elk Grove Village, IL
  • United States
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Koa Kahili replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
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Jan 30, 2013
Klarista Chen replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Hi Bob, I have a reliable cocoa beans source from Indonesia contact if you are interested in looking into.  let me know if you need more info.  "
Nov 19, 2012
Joe clark replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Hi Kristi, You want to own one piece of equipement that is your main production item. I would get started with a Hillard 240 with a enrober attached. This will give you a machine That will temper your chocolate for hand dipping, and also the use of…"
Sep 25, 2012
Kristi replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"I also agree.  There isnt anything for the newcomer/start up in the middle of the pack.  Either home size or factory size.  Would be nice to see something on a smaller scale that is less expensive so the company can grow before…"
Sep 21, 2012
Kristi replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Hi Beata, I am just starting out, still working out my business plan and all the steps to get started.  I am finding that there are a lot of companies that are not willing to finance or lease to own.  This would be something I would…"
Sep 21, 2012
Robert Graham Erdman replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Mike I am researching the feasibility starting a fair-trade bean to bar business, and actually live a few streets down from the US offices of the 'pretending to be reliable' vendor.        Love your…"
Sep 17, 2012
Robert Graham Erdman replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"I think a grinding/conching machine that would ' take a licking and keep on ticking ' would be an instant hit. Bob"
Sep 17, 2012
Michael Arnovitz replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"I have to echo what a number of others have said here in regard to the lack of equipment for start-up chocolate makers. I've been researching this for months now, and while the situation is better than it was a few years ago, it's still…"
Sep 4, 2012
Thomas Forbes replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"I have a Cocaotown melanger, the ultra.  I have used gritty, campo paste; nibs, and finely ground liquor in the machine and still trying to figure out the best times for grinding/conching.  From what I have seen and read about, it seems as…"
Sep 4, 2012
Paul Mosca replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"I'd like to second the comment from Erin for a reliable Conch machine.  That would really be nice.  My machine has had several operations to replace parts from belts to motor and the capacity is below 8lbs per load.  "
Sep 4, 2012
Debra replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Hmm..I am just getting started in the learning process, experimenting with ganache flavors, the science of long shelf life, and making bon-bons, truffles, etc., and doing market research.  The used equipment that I have come upon is usually…"
Sep 2, 2012
Joe clark replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Hi, I have some used start up equipement for sale all in excellent condition. Hillard 240 enrober, up-graded 6 inch wide 16 inch long wire belt, whal jr peppy pumper metering pump and a Syntron mold shaker. Package priced at $12,500."
Aug 31, 2012
Beata Corson replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"These are some great responses, For financing as a small company (about 40 people including sales, parts, engineers, assemblers, welders, electrical, etc.) it would be difficult for us to do anything in house unless we hired on an…"
Aug 30, 2012
Erin replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Yes, I have a brand new (yes NEW) Cocoa Town ECGC and I have now had the pulley fall out twice.  It took many days for a replacement pulley to arrive, so the original pulley was put back in before it fell out yet again.  The new pulley is…"
Aug 29, 2012
Andy Ciordia replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"Daniel, I'd look into equipment leasers. Highest I ever got quoted was 14% with a dollar buy out at the end. If you spent 50k on a 30k machine, that's a 70% interest rate which I can't fathom. Now of course the caveat is your credit…"
Aug 29, 2012
Andy Ciordia replied to Beata Corson's discussion Start-Up Equipment in the group Startup Central
"I usually think that it has to do with the supply / demand curve. Then I was thinking, early phase startups are the larger numbers 10:1 vs the established large scale where everyone who has encountered failure, is gone.  You'd think there…"
Aug 29, 2012

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk, White
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Getting truffles as a kid and never wanting to know the flavor of them so I could try them all and figure it out on my own.
My favorite chocolate is:
smooth, silky, delicious.

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