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Ben Rasmussen
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Ben Rasmussen and David Menkes are now friends
Apr 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to Chocolate Woman's discussion Measured Pourer
"There's not much chocolate left in the syringe--just a tiny bit in the nozzle. I just clean it with hot water or put it in the dishwasher."
Mar 12
Ben Rasmussen replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Clay. I agree the visibility is very cool. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something with regards to how the actual separation was happening.  How's the feeder coming along?"
Mar 10
Ben Rasmussen replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"This looks great, but I'm not sure I see how the Y-tube winnower part is mechanically any different from a pvc winnower that uses a wye at the point where the cracked beans enter the airflow. It looks like it should more or less like a winnower…"
Mar 10
Ben Rasmussen and Joshua Parker are now friends
Mar 5
Ben Rasmussen replied to Joshua Parker's discussion Tempering after the Melangeur in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi Josh. I think you posted this in the wrong place. You probably want to post this on the forum page or the home brew group. That being said, as long as you can get the temperature down to the low 80s, you should be able to temper without seed. I…"
Mar 5
Ben Rasmussen and Ruth Atkinson Kendrick are now friends
Mar 2
Ben Rasmussen replied to James Hull's discussion which is the best grinder/melanger to buy??
"I have the Premier Wonder Grinder which is the non-tilting 1.5 L version."
Feb 25
Ben Rasmussen replied to James Hull's discussion which is the best grinder/melanger to buy??
"I've run many test batches in a couple of unmodified Premiers for multiple days with no heat issues."
Feb 25
Ben Rasmussen replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"I've also heard from another maker who is using a VCM for pre-grinding in production. At some point, I'd love to upgrade to one for the larger bowl size. Googling confirms that the original Cuisinarts were manufactured by Robot Coupe. Not…"
Feb 24
Ben Rasmussen replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"Hi Dave. I'll post the results when I do a larger batch."
Feb 24
Ben Rasmussen replied to Alan Caldwell's discussion alternatives to champion juicer
"I've recently purchased a 20-cup Cuisinart food processor. The motor specs are roughly comparable to the Robot Coupe I was looking at, but it has a larger capacity and is less expensive. It also has overheating protection to avoid burning out…"
Feb 24
Ben Rasmussen replied to Mattias Blom's discussion Equipment advise
"I think someone on one of the forums made their own holey baffle for one of the smaller machines by just drilling some holes in one of the regular baffles."
Feb 18
Ben Rasmussen replied to Mattias Blom's discussion Equipment advise
"I got mine a couple years ago for about $1800 including extra bowl and the holey baffle. Clay here at the Chocolate Life offers some discounts on some of the Chocovision machines. "
Feb 18
Ben Rasmussen replied to Chocolate Woman's discussion Measured Pourer
"At the suggestion of Cheebs on the Chocolate Alchemy forum, I got a couple of these and cut the tips to about 1/4": http://www.calvetsupply.com/product/Feeding_Syringe_140cc/Feeding_Syringes They work really well for a controlled pour. I would…"
Feb 17
Ben Rasmussen replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"Thanks Clay. It all sounds very interesting! I'm especially interested in the feeder."
Feb 17

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
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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