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  • Evanston, IL
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10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ben Rasmussen Feb 5. 5 Replies

Question : Is there a new , better improved chocolate making machine besides the 10 lb. one CocoaTown offers? I'm interested in purchasing my third small machine. The Cocoa Town belt needs to be…Continue

 

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Ben Rasmussen replied to Journey Shannon's discussion 10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine
"I have the smaller model."
Feb 5
Adam G. replied to Journey Shannon's discussion 10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine
"Regarding the Premier Grinder, are you referring to the 1.5 or 2 liter (tilting) model? I just did a 5 lb. test batch on the 2 liter model and it worked like a champ. It certainly could handle more and I'll find out how much in the next few…"
Feb 5
Journey Shannon replied to Journey Shannon's discussion 10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine
"Thank you gentlemen. Which machine would you say works better as well as produces a great product? I now conch for three days with my CocoaTown and love the results. I just think the quality of the machine is bad. www.noirdebene.com"
Feb 4
Clay Gordon and Journey Shannon are now friends
Feb 3
Clay Gordon replied to Journey Shannon's discussion 10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine
"Journey - There is a US distributor for the Santhas (in the San Francisco area). They offer the same price as on the Santha web site but their prices include shipping. Also, parts are available through them - not from India - and they offer…"
Feb 3
Ben Rasmussen replied to Journey Shannon's discussion 10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine
"Hi Journey. The only thing that I know of between the 10lb models (CocoaTown or Santha) and the 40+ lb models is the Santha 20. If you're just looking at another smaller machine, there's also the Premiere Wonder Grinder, but it's…"
Feb 3
Journey Shannon posted a discussion

10 - 15 lb Chocolate Making Machine

Question : Is there a new , better improved chocolate making machine besides the 10 lb. one CocoaTown offers? I'm interested in purchasing my third small machine. The Cocoa Town belt needs to be replaced every 5 months give or take and the inside piece to the drum needs frequent epoxy. I do what's necessary but would like to know if there is a better small machine.Your guidance and support is appreciated!www.noirdebene.comSee More
Feb 2
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"Question : Is there a new , better improved chocolate making machine besides the 10 lb. one CocoaTown offers?"
Feb 2
Jesse Blenn commented on Journey Shannon's blog post White,what!
"See my blog on "Growing and Marketing "new" cacao species?".  This year I will try chocolate made from Cupuassu, which defintely is lighter colored.  I plan to call it "chocolate rubio" or "blond…"
Jan 25
Clay Gordon commented on Journey Shannon's blog post White,what!
"Journey: Most people do not believe that white "chocolate" is really chocolate. But it is, because the FDA says it is (see section 163.124). According to the FDA, "White chocolate is the solid or semiplastic food prepared by…"
Dec 30, 2013
Brad Churchill commented on Journey Shannon's blog post White,what!
"Technically the cocoa particles (brown stuff) are NOT chocolate - the cocoa butter IS chocolate.   Think about this for a second: Cocoa powder is approximately 90% brown stuff, yet it's not called chocolate.  It's called…"
Dec 30, 2013
Journey Shannon posted a blog post

White,what!

White Chocolat, what is it really? Well I don't define it as chocolat but I did successfully make my first batch of bean to bar white chocolat with caramelized cacao nibs. I'm joyfully pleased.
Dec 30, 2013
Journey Shannon replied to Dave Huston's discussion Scaling Up Refining Times Based on Weight? in the group Home Brew Chocolate
"I use the Cocoa Town Melegeur machine to make my chocolat. I'm making 8-9 #. Base ingredients are ground nibs, cocoa butter and sugar. My conching time started at 12 then 24, 36 and now 72 hours. I get a smooth, consistent product every time.…"
Nov 26, 2013
Jeff Stern commented on Journey Shannon's blog post Cacao Pod Purchase
"Hi, I sell dried pods on www.cocoapodshop.com"
Oct 6, 2013
Adam G. commented on Journey Shannon's blog post Cacao Pod Purchase
"Hi Journey, There are a couple options listed on this post. Adam"
Sep 18, 2013
Journey Shannon posted a blog post

Cacao Pod Purchase

Good morning All Chocolat Lovers. Can someone(s) assist me in sharing where I might find cacao pods to purchase. Im looking for 5 to use when I teach.Thank youSee More
Sep 17, 2013

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk, White
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Was as a child watching my mother in the kitchen making confections out of confectioners coating. It was then I knew creating chocolat, confections and pastries was not only for large, big name corporations but for anyone willing to invest the time and labor of love.
My favorite chocolate is:
My caramel milk chocolat with butter toffee and pecans

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White,what!

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 6:01pm 4 Comments

White Chocolat, what is it really? Well I don't define it as chocolat but I did successfully make my first batch of bean to bar white chocolat with caramelized cacao nibs. I'm joyfully pleased.

Cacao Pod Purchase

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 10:42am 2 Comments

Good morning All Chocolat Lovers. Can someone(s) assist me in sharing where I might find cacao pods to purchase. Im looking for 5 to use when I teach.

Thank you

Heading to Australia

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 2:52pm 4 Comments

Good day Chocolate Life,

I'm heading to Australia for a couple of months and would love to connect with some chocolatiers. I'll be in Brisbane. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Journey

Ocumare, Venezuelan

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 6:24pm 1 Comment

Raw cacao nibs just arrived and how lovely the scent of roasting them fills the air.  I smell chocolat brownies and yummy goodness.  Roasting Nib Time: 250'F - 30 minutes

I am learning to appreciate the taste of the cacao nib.  When they arrived they were sharp, violently bitter, aggressive, abusive.  My kind oven tamed them and now, they're delicate, soft, obedient, pleasing and ready to be made into chocolat.  Batch #7 will be made with roasted nibs and batch #8 raw nibs.…

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