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Ben Rasmussen
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  • Woodbridge, VA
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Ben Rasmussen replied to Donny Gagliardi's discussion Roaster review
"I was recently emailing with another small chocolate maker who told me about an upgrade to the Behmor that gives a lot more control (although not complete control). You can set the power to the heating elements from 0% to 100% in 25% increments as…"
Ben Rasmussen replied to Michael Beery's discussion Sweating Sea Salt
"I had this happen to me a few times in the past, but it was due to the humidity in the room. I haven't had it happen again since I got that under control."
Ben Rasmussen replied to Katherine Botelho's discussion Cocoatown Melanger Belt Change
"If I remember correctly, I think the belts on the small melangers are about 3 feet long."
Ben Rasmussen and Louwegi are now friends
Sep 19
Ben Rasmussen replied to Sarah's discussion Liquering
"I'm not sure what you mean by liquoring. Do you just mean that the chocolate maker who makes the chocolate you use does not pre-grind his nibs before further refining? If so, I don't think that should cause the problems you're having,…"
Sep 8
Ben Rasmussen replied to mariano garcia's discussion tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?
"No problem! Happy to help. :)"
Sep 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to mariano garcia's discussion tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?
Sep 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to mariano garcia's discussion tempering which is better Hilliard's Little Dippe or chocovision revolation delta?
"Hi Mariano. There's a lot of discussion on these two tempering machines (among others) on this forum. If you search for little dipper or chocovision, you can see what's already been said. I think there are a few threads that specifically…"
Sep 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to Jacob Royer's discussion Dallas Chocolate Conference/Festival
"Hi Jacob, I've taken part in it for the past two years and will be again this year. Looking back through my emails, it looks like it's been called the ' Chocolate Conference & Festival' since 2012. The…"
Sep 2
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Aug 14
Ben Rasmussen replied to Meira Neggaz's discussion Display boxes for chocolate bars
"I've used various glues as well as a couple different 'glue tape' type things. The best I've found so far is the Scotch Tape…"
Aug 11
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Jul 21
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Jul 18
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Jul 9
Ben Rasmussen left a comment for Katherine Gandy
"Hi Katherine, Thanks for friending me, and thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoy my chocolate!  -Ben"
Jul 9
Ben Rasmussen replied to Sabrina M's discussion Help - streaks in my chocolate
"Hi Sabrina, This is a pretty common problem that most of us have had at one time or another. There are a bunch of discussions about this here on the Chocolate Life. If you do a search for streaks, you'll find a lot of good info about how to…"
Jul 1

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Dark, Milk, White?
Most memorable chocolate experience:
I'm new to fine chocolate, so my most memorable experience was tasting my first fine chocolate at a tasting that my brother did.
My favorite chocolate is:
How could I possibly decide? I love too many.
My chocolate company (still very much in its infancy), Potomac Chocolate: site Facebook

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Potomac Chocolate Co. on Kickstarter

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:43am 2 Comments

Hey everyone,

A friend and I are starting up a small chocolate-making company in the Washington DC area called Potomac Chocolate Co. We're hoping to be the DC area's first bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Currently, we're just starting out and learning the process.

We've set up a Kickstarter project to help us get up and running and on our way towards our first bar. If we hit our… Continue

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