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Gifford Laube
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Gifford Laube and Vera Hofman are now friends
Jul 16
Vera Hofman left a comment for Gifford Laube
"Hi Gifford, Thanks for your message! Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the conference. It would have been great to meet you. Hopefully an other time? Now I understand "Hello Giff" on the wrapping of the Soma La Dalia bar ;-) This…"
Jun 14
Gifford Laube left a comment for Vera Hofman
"Hello Vera Hofman, I am curious to know what you think of the Soma Nicaragua La Dalia bar, and the Duffy Chuno and Rugoso bars? I saw that you had posted a picture of the Soma. I am here in Amsterdam for the ICCO conference and have seen your name,…"
Jun 13
Gifford Laube left a comment for Jessica Osterday
"Hi Jessica, We have beans and nibs available. It would be good to get you a sample, but sometimes that costs way too much from Nicaragua ($180 for a kilo or two). When I have someone I trust heading back to the States, I will try to send a sample…"
Jan 10
Gifford Laube and Jessica Osterday are now friends
Jan 10
Gifford Laube left a comment for Francis Murchison
"Hi Francis, We would be happy to send you a sack. If you could please email me at gdlaube@gmail.com I can send you a better response with a little bit more about what we are doing. Best, Giff"
Dec 9, 2013
Gifford Laube and Francis Murchison are now friends
Dec 9, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to Madeleine Siegel's discussion sourcing organic/fair trade/criollo or trinitario beans
"Hi Brian, Thanks a lot; we appreciate your opinion and are glad that the beans looked good. Now we just have to find some genetics like the ones you have in Peru to really take it up a notch. Giff"
Dec 9, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to Madeleine Siegel's discussion sourcing organic/fair trade/criollo or trinitario beans
"Hello Madeleine, My small company, Cacao Bisiesto (Leap Year Cacao) processes fine flavor Nicaraguan cocoa. We have worked with several bean-to-bar chocolate makers in the US and Europe and can handle anything from a sack to 10 tons of cocoa. If you…"
Nov 30, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to Morena's discussion GrainPro Bag
"I've had excellent results in storage, but in shipping they have a tendency to open. But in terms of preserving cacao, I think they work very well"
Oct 17, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to Morena's discussion Looking for Organic Supplier of Raw Criollo Beans and Nibs
"Hello Morena, I have both beans and nibs. I live in Matagalpa, Nicaragua (our cocoa is entirely Nicaraguan) and can ship either LCL or air freight if you would like. We can do anything from one sack to one ton. www.cacaobisiesto.com Thank…"
Oct 16, 2013
Gifford Laube commented on Jeff Stern's blog post Ecuador's Super Cacao
"Are these the Sacha Gold trees? Is this BK Matlick's project?"
May 22, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to Sarah Ariella Shapiro's discussion Working on a cocoa farm
"If you wanted to change your destination (slightly), there are options here in Nicaragua for this kind of thing. Matagalpa (they call it the North, but it more like the center of the country) has a lot of cocoa production and some interesting things…"
May 10, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to borncamp's discussion Purchasing Direct on Vacation
"Hello Borncamp, I run a small cacao sourcing company here in Nicaragua, and we have been happy to host several visits over the past few months here. We have also been sending cacao air freight to the States and Europe in small lots (180-500 kilos).…"
Feb 6, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to Gap's discussion Cocoa bean diagnosis
"You are correct, that hole is where the germ had perforated the testa (skin) when it germinated. And generally speaking, this is bad. When you have germinated beans in a fermentation, they are almost always the first ones to get moldy (makes sense,…"
Dec 30, 2012
Gifford Laube is now a member of The Chocolate Life
Dec 26, 2012

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Finding pure criollo trees in the forests of Honduras
My favorite chocolate is:
Rogue

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At 5:48pm on June 14, 2014, Vera Hofman said…

Hi Gifford, Thanks for your message! Unfortunately I couldn't make it to the conference. It would have been great to meet you. Hopefully an other time? Now I understand "Hello Giff" on the wrapping of the Soma La Dalia bar ;-) This bar is excellent! Very nice flavors. I also liked the Nicaragua of French Broad (also your beans?) and Tibor Szántó. The Nicaraguan of Duffy and Friis-Holm are also good, but personally I prefer the style of Soma and French Broad more. Chocolove, Vera

 
 
 

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