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Ben Ripple
  • 38, Male
  • Bali
  • Indonesia
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Ben Ripple is now friends with Jeffry Lukito, Benoît, Julian Young and 3 more
Jul 17, 2013
Ben Ripple left a comment for Lisa R
"Hey Lisa! Thanks for the connect! If you are looking for our Truly Raw Cacao Nibs in the States the best place to look is with Earth Circle Organics based in Grass Valley.  B"
Jul 17, 2013
Ben Ripple left a comment for evy
"Hey Evy. Thanks for connecting. You can absolutely visit the Bamboo Chocolate Factory any day M-F with a pre-scheduled tour request. Please just email ningsih@bigtreefarms.com and let her know when you wish to visit. We run normally scheduled tours…"
Jul 17, 2013
David Gomes de Freitas commented on Ben Ripple's blog post "RAW" CACAO FRAUD AND FACT
"ow! I am in Brazil, and here the people just use sundried cocoa with gourmet purpose not else. So, you can this video how do we dry (walking in "barcaças")  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhn-FzRvdAE that's it how do we…"
Jun 22, 2013
Ice Blocks! commented on Ben Ripple's blog post "RAW" CACAO FRAUD AND FACT
">Cacao Powder - Once Cacao beans have been ground into a paste and pressed to release the butter we’re left with “cake”. Cake is then broken up, pulverized and sieved to create cacao powder…In general it is exactly the…"
Apr 9, 2013
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Jan 28, 2013
Ben Ripple replied to B Strong's discussion Wanted: (RAW) lightly fermented unroasted Cacoa Beans in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Selamat Choco-Friends! Greetings from Bali! Terima Kasih (gratitude) Clay for the props....Big Tree Farms is indeed working on creating not only a truly RAW supply chain for cacao and cacao products, but we're very intent at doing this within…"
Sep 1, 2011
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Sep 1, 2011
ChocoMuseo commented on Ben Ripple's video
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The Truth About RAW Cacao

"Do you roast your cacao? If yes (under 40 C?) how can you control your roasting temperature? Because fermentation is useful to create aroma only when you roast your cacao beans isn't it?"
Jan 27, 2011
Jeffry Lukito left a comment for Ben Ripple
"Hi Ben, my name is Jeffry, and I live in Surabaya, Indonesia. I love chocolate and I occasionally held tastings(so far in Jakarta and Surabaya). I don't know if he has told you about this, a while back Frederick contacted me by Facebook and…"
Dec 23, 2010
Ben Ripple is now friends with Jacob Royer, Sirius Chocolate, Olga C and 4 more
Dec 14, 2010
Hector Velásquez left a comment for Ben Ripple
"Estimado Ben, espero que se encuentre muy bien, me gustaría ponerme en contacto con Ud. soy de Ecuador, y tengo algunos proyectos, trabajo con grupos de productores en las montañas, sin embrago queremos implementar sistemas de…"
Oct 22, 2010
deedee devi commented on Ben Ripple's blog post "RAW" CACAO FRAUD AND FACT
"so here is another supplier offering RAW cacao beans/nibs ... anyONE want to offer anything they KNOW regarding this announcement? (stirring the pot :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0z5zT_ZCmI&playnext_from=TL&videos=Yq0K4OSapqw"
Jun 22, 2010
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Apr 4, 2010
Clay Gordon commented on Ben Ripple's blog post "RAW" CACAO FRAUD AND FACT
"David: The first link (Excalibur) is interesting in the sense that it tests for the presence of an enzyme after dehydration. However, there is no way in these tests to understand a) how many different enzymes are in the food being tested before…"
Mar 30, 2010
David Lollia commented on Ben Ripple's blog post "RAW" CACAO FRAUD AND FACT
"Clay: You definitely ask the right questions here. It might interest you to know that tests for enzymatic activity in a dry environnement have been made within the raw food community and I assume must also be known by raw foodists. They are not…"
Mar 30, 2010

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Grinding my Bali Trinitarios in a Santha Melanguer at 430AM with my blue monkey brother Frederick....What an incredible experience to grow, harvest, ferment, dry and process into liqour! holy moly!
My favorite chocolate is:
So Many! But definately IN LOVE right now with Fearless Chocolate's "Exploding Coconuts" Bar....Made with Organic Palm Sugar!

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"RAW" CACAO FRAUD AND FACT

Posted on December 29, 2009 at 9:30pm 30 Comments

Processing cacao beans with raw integrity was the single most difficult project we have undertaken at Big Tree Farms to date. It was a complete reinvention of the wheel because simply put, there were (and are) no technologies available which can process cacao beans under commonly accepted Raw temperature standards. There was nothing to go on, no point from which to start, so it was trial and error over a period of four years and the building (and scrapping) of many locally-engineered… Continue

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At 12:26am on December 23, 2010, Jeffry Lukito said…
Hi Ben, my name is Jeffry, and I live in Surabaya, Indonesia.
I love chocolate and I occasionally held tastings(so far in Jakarta and Surabaya).
I don't know if he has told you about this, a while back Frederick contacted me by Facebook and invited me to come to the opening of your factory.
I am very excited about it.
If you are ever in Surabaya, let me know.
I would like to chat, and if you are willing to share your expertise I would love to learn one or two things from you. :)
I also know some growers in Java, maybe I can arrange if you ever want to visit them.
At 9:06am on October 22, 2010, Hector Velásquez said…
Estimado Ben, espero que se encuentre muy bien, me gustaría ponerme en contacto con Ud. soy de Ecuador, y tengo algunos proyectos, trabajo con grupos de productores en las montañas, sin embrago queremos implementar sistemas de transferencias tecnológicas para darle un proceso a nuestro cacao, mi correo es hecdave123@yahoo.com , le deseo muchos exitos y bendiciones que todas sus actividades sean iluminadas,

Saludos cordiales,

HECTOR VELASQUEZ
At 4:58am on May 13, 2009, Ben Ripple said…
Just returning from the cacao food forests of West Bali...plump pods of brilliant reds, purples, yellow-greens and sunset orange all nestled on moss-covered trunks...vanilla orchids climbing into the branches, stately cloves laden with fruits spice the air...towering coconuts sway above...This is the true beauty of chocolate!!
At 1:03am on May 13, 2009, Ilana said…
Nice family!
 
 
 

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