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Cocao in Haiti ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ilana Mar 15, 2010. 6 Replies

Hi AllI am in Haiti with a charity working to get some schools rebuilt. Everyone knows the scale of the tradgedy, though I am not sure people are aware of the strength and optmism of people for the…Continue

Bean to Bar Blog ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Drew Gilmour Jan 6, 2010. 9 Replies

I'm interested in learning/following the story of bean-to-bar startups. Can anyone point me to any blogs or exchanges here or elsewhere?ThanksDrewContinue


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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Tasting chocolate in Belgium.
My favorite chocolate is:
still exploring

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At 2:04am on February 19, 2010, Ilana said…
everything okay? I heard that there was lots of mud and rain makiang life even more unbearable?
At 3:00pm on January 6, 2010, Drew Gilmour said…
Hi Duffy,
Takes vision and gumption to do what you are doing.
I've been out to Lincs before: are you near Boston?

I'm in Ottawa, Canada and am investigating whether to launch myself. While I have some experience in the food processing industry, chocolate is a new world for me so it'll take time to get up to speed.

That's it's great to learn more about your new venture, especially the lessons learned !

Also, love to learn a bit more about the type and costs of equipment you have - I'm working on a internal business plan.

My idea to start extremely small scale for the first year, then to surge as experience, quality and sales mandate. Much the same, I suspect, as what the Rogue Chocolatier is doing.

While still a rookie, one thing on the plus column is that I will be traveling a few times a year to central america/ Caribbean, so hope to develop (& share) some good direct trade bean sources.

Drew Gilmour
At 9:43am on January 5, 2010, Duffy Sheardown said…
Hi Drew,
I watched the "Rogue" video and think I may have actually bought both the manual and electric bean breaker and the winnower from them - must check my records.
I have been (sorry...) getting equipment and premises together over the last year and hope the finally get the last piece wired up tomorrow so that I can start my first semi-official batch of chocolate. I have some excellent beans ready to roast and turn into chocolate. Those who've tasted it (including the Academy of Chocolate in London) seem to like it. Next step is marketting. Are you doing something similar? Happy to answer any questions.

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