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Moldy Beans?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Isaac Ekblad Apr 25. 2 Replies

I just bought a few kilos of beans from a local distributer and noticed that in the sack from Ecuador there were some pretty bizarre looking beans (totaling less than 10%, I would say), at least…Continue

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Isaac Ekblad replied to kyle wilson's discussion Difficulty tempering my own chocolate in Chocovision Revolation x3210
"I'm having the same problem with my chocovision rev 2. I can temper fine by hand, but with this machine I've only done it right once or twice. I bring it up to around 115, down to around 81, then back up to 90. Can't get it to work.…"
22 hours ago
Isaac Ekblad replied to Melanie's discussion Commercial chocolate-making kitchen for rent in Salt Lake City Utah
"Melanie, Would you by any chance be interested in selling your Hilliard little dipper machine?  Isaac"
Nov 9
Jim Greenberg replied to Isaac Ekblad's discussion Looking for a used tempering machine for small scale operation in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I have the perfect machine for you Isaac. Pls contact me jim@unionmachinery.com Thanks, Jim Greenberg, President Union Confectionery Machinery"
Nov 9
Isaac Ekblad added a discussion to the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
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Looking for a used tempering machine for small scale operation

I've been having a hard time finding a small output tempering machine (nothing more than a few pounds at a time) on the internet so I thought I'd post here. I've been making chocolate bars for some local businesses in town and I'm starting to realize that doing everything by hand isn't very cost or time efficient. If anyone has a used machine that needs a new home, please let me know. I'm looking for something under 500, hopefully. Any information on where to look would also be greatly…See More
Nov 8
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Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted

This is the group where ChocolateLife members can A) Advertise USED equipment for sale to other ChocolateLife members. B) Let other ChocolateLife members know that they are looking for equipment (new or used).See More
Nov 8
Isaac Ekblad replied to Isaac Ekblad's discussion Moldy Beans?
"thanks for the response. yeah, I'm seeing quite a bit of mold that's made its way inside the bean. No fun"
Apr 25
Isaac Ekblad commented on Vera Hofman's photo
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Bar Au Chocolat - Maranon Canyon Peru 70%

"Just tried this. In my opinion, best take on Marañon cacao I've had. Pretty unique stuff!"
Apr 25
Sebastian replied to Isaac Ekblad's discussion Moldy Beans?
"very common.  ecuador's a terribly difficult place to dry beans properly, so a great deal of them mold.  if you don't have the proper relationships and controls in place, those beans will find their way to you.  there's…"
Apr 24
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Home Brew Chocolate

This group is for ChocolateLife members making, or who are interested in making, chocolate from the bean."Home Brew" means you haven't gone out and spent millions-you're mixing and matching (and making) what it takes to make it work.See More
Apr 23
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The Science of Chocolate

Are you interested in all the nitty gritty details of cacao and chocolate - genetics, geopolitics, agronomy, taxonomy, and the like? Then this is the group to join to take a deep dive into chocolate.
Apr 23
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Apr 23
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Moldy Beans?

I just bought a few kilos of beans from a local distributer and noticed that in the sack from Ecuador there were some pretty bizarre looking beans (totaling less than 10%, I would say), at least compared to other beans I've had before. Quite a few of the them had white specks on the outside/inside (mold?), were hollow or looked like they had been eaten by something, or were cut in half. There were also a handful of pea sized, shrunken beans and a few that looked like they had germinated. I'm…See More
Apr 23
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Apr 21

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
I was in Paris for work and I stopped by Patrick Roger's boutique on the Boulevard Saint-Germain and spent nearly all the money I had on an 80% Madagascar bar. I saw down at a little cafe, ordered an espresso, opened the metal box holding the chocolate, broke off a piece, and put it in my mouth. I got some strange looks from people walking along the street because I couldn't stop grinning.
My favorite chocolate is:
Too many to pick one. Moonblock Chocolate's take on the Peruvian Fortunato No. 4. Bar Au Chocolat 70% Dominican. Soma's Old School never fails to interest me... Etc etc

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