"This discussion saw no activity for several months until a new member (a Xocai rep) posted, apparently without reading the discussion or the Guidelines. I am closing this discussion to further replies."
"Thanks to everyone who participated in this thread. I have not been online since Tuesday morning (it is now Saturday afternoon) and I did not witness this thread unfold. Reading it demonstrates the importance of maintaining a balance and openness…"
In the 15 years of cacau farming and production I have delivered several hundred tons of fermented, dried, cacau beans. Although I have witnessed many processes utilized, I am unable to find one that fits the description "cold pressed…"
"Further to my note above, the following publication from the American Public Health Association, states that "...it is absolutely necessary to handle cocoa beans as a contaminated raw material."
In all I was able to read over 50 different…"
"Regarding Salmonella and cocoa beans, please see the following link. It refers to page 474/475 of a book called "Microbial Ecology of Food Commodities" and is written by the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications For…"
"I don't know why but it won't let me reply to you directly, but I'm responding to this;
You were so busy unneccessarily defending yourself, you forgot to add in my thanks to your corrective post about cocoa…"
You were so busy unneccessarily defending yourself, you forgot to add in my thanks to your corrective post about cocoa alkalization.
Actually.... I thanked you TWICE in the same post for two different things.
Wow..... I DID get the…"
"The cocoa beans freshly harvested have the highest antioxidant levels. Once the beans are fermented they lose much of their antioxidants, and alkali treatment reduces it even further. Many dark chocolates are alkalized to reduce harshness. Some…"
This is EXACTLY what a forum like this is for! You finally got it!
Thank you for sharing and correcting what I knew about alkalization of cocoa.
As far as "baiting" the Xocai rep... Nobody has ever given me a clear definition…"
"You're exactly correct that pathogens such as Ecoli and Salmonella are also rampant in first world countries.
One can never be too cautious when it comes to public safety.
As far as sitting around complaining that our suppliers are dirty...…"
Thanks for the information. I'm not trying to scare people at all. Salmonella and ecoli are real, and potentially business crippling concerns.
When I first got into the business, two of my mentors (one was head of research and…"
"And not very well 'disguised' either. As I understand it the Xocia branded chocolate is one of those pyramid type companies, just like Pampered Chef or Avon....so people have an interest in promoting it for their advantage. Are any of the…"