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Questions for Bean to Bar Production

Started Jul 23, 2012 0 Replies

I have some basic questions about cacao production and pricing for organic beans. Please see below, any help would be greatly appreciated.+ How long does it take for a Criollo plant to mature before…Continue

Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Erkan Aydin Mar 8. 23 Replies

I wanted to see if any chocolate producers have used coffee roasters to roast cacao. I'm looking for a mid-size capacity roaster that doesn't look like a toaster oven and doesn't cost $30K. There are…Continue

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Need to find a Roaster and Winnower

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rifat Tuzcuoglu Nov 13, 2012. 1 Reply

Greetings Chocolate Lifers! I'm new to the forum, but I'm working on a project in Belize were we'll be doing bean to bar production. I'm on the hunt for a small to medium size roaster and winnower…Continue

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Erkan Aydin replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Hi Matthew   You can visit our web page www.coffeenutsroasters.com I think Antonino Allegra fro Cocoa Fair gave some idea about our roasters you can roast cocoa in our roasters too"
Mar 8
Luvin Paryani replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Clay, I spoke to my roaster manufacturer about the aforementioned modifications. He told me that to have a speed controller on the motor would not be possible, as the motors come standard. However, he said that to change the drum rotation speed,…"
Jan 27
Clay Gordon replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Luvin: Put a speed controller on your motor and tune it to the speed you need - based on the diameter of the drum you're using and how you're roasting (time/temp). Smaller drums can run faster as the beans are not subject to as much…"
Jan 26
Luvin Paryani replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Thanks Ben & Dan for your much appreciated insight. - Is there an absolute number (in RPM) as to what the drum rotation speed should be? - Im getting the roaster made in mild steel with the drum contact parts in stainless steel. Should I be…"
Jan 24
Clay Gordon replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Convection ovens are versatile beasts to be true and I recommend a lot of them into situations where there is no budget for a more conventional roaster. I would like to add that cooking is also about CONTROLLING heat and airflow. One thing very…"
Jan 22
Dan Urieli replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Hi Luvin, We, Coffee-Tech Engineering, have several customers around the world using our roasters for cocoa roasting - on our small capacity roasters and on our commercial roasters. What Ben writes is true - you'll want to have control over…"
Jan 22
Ben Rasmussen replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Hi Luvin, See Colin's post earlier in this thread. I think the only modifications would be related to drum speed and the ability to roast at lower temperatures. If you can control those two things adequately, a coffee roaster should work…"
Jan 22
Brad Churchill replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Convection Oven. It roasts 35lbs at a time (260lbs in 8 hours), and does a fine job, provided you place the beans on screens or use perforated sheet pans.   On a smaller scale (Under $30k), there simply is no better solution.  On top of…"
Jan 21
Luvin Paryani replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Hi guys, I am on the lookout of purchasing a coffee roaster myself. I spoke to the manufacturer about the modifications, and he told me to be more specific and give him technicalities, as to what modifications do I need for cocoa. Can you'll…"
Jan 21
Rifat Tuzcuoglu replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
Nov 13, 2012
Rifat Tuzcuoglu replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Need to find a Roaster and Winnower
Nov 13, 2012
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Questions for Bean to Bar Production

I have some basic questions about cacao production and pricing for organic beans. Please see below, any help would be greatly appreciated.+ How long does it take for a Criollo plant to mature before harvesting?+ Does the amount of cacao harvested change over time, if so by what percentage? (i.e. less when younger more when older?)+ Do you know what the standard price per ton is for organic cacao beans? Does it change per varietal?Thanks. MatthewSee More
Jul 23, 2012
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Apr 7, 2012
Matthew Runeare replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"This is great, thank you for the info. I'll reach out to Erkan and possibly Coffe-tech as well. All the best. M"
Mar 28, 2012
antonino allegra replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"here we go, extract from an email i sent to a The Chocolate Life memebr.: here below the email ad. of Erkan :eaydin@erselexport.com my business partner (before i joined in) lost $5k on a deposit for a AMBEX roaster... then via some research he found…"
Mar 28, 2012
Clay Gordon replied to Matthew Runeare's discussion Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?
"Absolutely."
Mar 28, 2012

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