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Jeff Kuehl
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Thomas Forbes left a comment for Jeff Kuehl
"Can you send me an email and we can talk over the phone.  tmforbes@yahoo.com"
Oct 11, 2011
Jeff Kuehl left a comment for Thomas Forbes
"Great information. Thanks. It would be great to experience harvest. Any suggestions for where to stay and farms/contacts that might allow me to observe harvest? Also, the co-op in Nagua sounds interesting. Is there a website or contact? By the way,…"
Oct 11, 2011
Thomas Forbes left a comment for Jeff Kuehl
"There is Conacado which is certified fair trade and some of their beans are organic.  They have both Hispanola and Sanchez.  They are supplied by 8 smaller farmer blocks or bloques.  I have close contacts with the one in…"
Oct 4, 2011
Jeff Kuehl left a comment for Thomas Forbes
"Thanks for the quick response. I am in the recipe-testing stage of my bean-to-bar business planning. I would like to use beans from the Dominican Republic. Obviously, I am dealing in small batches at the moment. Can you recommend contacts, farms,…"
Oct 4, 2011
Jeff Kuehl left a comment for Joseph Meza
"Thanks for the quick response. I am in the recipe-testing stage of my bean-to-bar business planning. I would like to use Nacional beans. Obviously, I am dealing in small batches at the moment. What is the minimum order of raw dried beans, in terms…"
Oct 4, 2011
Emily Stone and Jeff Kuehl are now friends
Oct 3, 2011
Joseph Meza left a comment for Jeff Kuehl
"Yes I can help you with beans"
Oct 3, 2011
Thomas Forbes left a comment for Jeff Kuehl
"I visited a variety of farmer's cooperatives the last few summers and met the people Mast Brothers and Taza source from.  I was also translating at a chocolate factory for a USAID consultant working with Equal Exchange and have close…"
Oct 3, 2011
Jeff Kuehl is now a member of The Chocolate Life
Oct 3, 2011

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Grandmother's baking
My favorite chocolate is:
Valrhona 66% Alpaco

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At 7:23pm on October 11, 2011, Thomas Forbes said…
Can you send me an email and we can talk over the phone.  tmforbes@yahoo.com
At 8:15pm on October 4, 2011, Thomas Forbes said…
There is Conacado which is certified fair trade and some of their beans are organic.  They have both Hispanola and Sanchez.  They are supplied by 8 smaller farmer blocks or bloques.  I have close contacts with the one in Castillo.  The factory in San Francisco de Macoris is called Cafriesa and makes paste, butter and cake, two of their clients that I know of are Equal Exchange and Green and Black's.  I have some friends who work with Conacado and Cafriesa and their processing of paste is improving.  The guy who would get you samples is named Abel Fernandez and he speaks decent English.  Their info is on their websites.   I can also put you into contact with the farmer's cooperative near Nagua that supply Mast Brothers and Taza.  One of Conacado's bloques broke away and formed Coproagro.  My brother-in-law sells most of his cacao to them.  There are many others including my wife's extended family.  I would recommend a trip during the November/December harvest, even if it is for a few days.  I am getting started myself and am willing to help anyway I can.  I am a high school teacher in NYC but am transitioning into chocolate over the next year, maybe two.
At 8:00pm on October 3, 2011, Joseph Meza said…
Yes I can help you with beans
At 6:15pm on October 3, 2011, Thomas Forbes said…
I visited a variety of farmer's cooperatives the last few summers and met the people Mast Brothers and Taza source from.  I was also translating at a chocolate factory for a USAID consultant working with Equal Exchange and have close contacts there.  My wife's family also produces cacao and will be working with them to ID quality beans, improve fermentation and drying, and then work with a women's cooperative to make a quality paste.  Let me know how I can help.
 
 
 

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