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Nichole Warner
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  • Lake Leelanau, MI
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CocoaTown Belt Shredding

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nichole Warner May 13. 8 Replies

I just used my CocoaTown ECGC-65A for the first time last week and ended up with black powder all over the floor and under the bowl that appears to be shredded rubber from the belt. I pre-ground the…Continue

Roasting Question

Started Apr 9 0 Replies

Hi All,I am wondering if someone would be willing to share tips on roasting beans in a convection oven? Mostly wondering about a baseline temperature to start with, and do you start high for a period…Continue

 

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Nichole Warner replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"That sounds awful! I haven't used it enough to be able to recommend or not recommend, but the chocolate I have been making so far has turned out really good. I have to say, if I felt like there was an alternative I would certainly purchase from…"
May 13
Sarah Ann Lesslie replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"My friend had this same problem, and the first time she cleaned her cocoa town, the adhesive which binds the stone to the cylinder disintegrated and it virtually fell apart. She also didn't receive great customer service. She just had a local…"
May 7
Ben Rasmussen replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"What size belt does it use?"
May 6
Mike replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"As far as I know, they don't make the power twist in the size required by the ECGC-65 (at least they didn't when I bought my replacement belts).  I concur though that for the santha's they are a must."
May 5
Ben Rasmussen replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"As has been suggested by Paul and in other discussions here on TCL, take a look at Power Twist fiberglass link belts. They don't stretch and seem to last forever. I used 3 small cocoatown melangers for a few years without having to change or…"
May 5
Nichole Warner replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"Thanks, you guys - I will definitely look into getting a different belt. Moral of the story being, once you buy a CocoaTown don't plan on utilizing their customer service :) "
May 5
Paul Picton replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"That is the craziest thing I have heard in a long time.  Any good V-Belt can handle a wide temperature range.  My car back in Canada would not shred belts at -40.  It seems that the alignment is not correct.  I would also…"
May 4
Mike replied to Nichole Warner's discussion CocoaTown Belt Shredding
"This same thing happened to me after just a handful of batches.  Its my experience that the folks at CocoaTown will do and say anything to not have to replace the belts on their machines.  I ended up buying replacements from…"
Apr 23
Nichole Warner posted a discussion

CocoaTown Belt Shredding

I just used my CocoaTown ECGC-65A for the first time last week and ended up with black powder all over the floor and under the bowl that appears to be shredded rubber from the belt. I pre-ground the nibs and it was a very small batch, less than 15 lbs so there should not have been any undue stress on the  belt.When I called CocoaTown they told me it was because the room temperature in my facility is too cold (65-68F) and needs to be at least 80 degrees F. Is this true? If so, you obviously…See More
Apr 21
Nichole Warner posted a discussion

Roasting Question

Hi All,I am wondering if someone would be willing to share tips on roasting beans in a convection oven? Mostly wondering about a baseline temperature to start with, and do you start high for a period then lower or stick with one temperature throughout? I know there will be different profiles for different beans, but would love to know a good place to start and how to know when you've got it right.I truly appreciate your help and expertise!NicholeSee More
Apr 9
Nichole Warner replied to anneke white's discussion Cocoa plantation. Samoa
"You could contact Dandelion Chocolate at info@dandelionchocolate.com   They were there pretty recently for a sourcing trip so may have suggestions for you. "
Apr 9
Nichole Warner replied to Nichole Warner's discussion Crankandstein Cocoa Mill in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"The mill is sold - thanks!"
Mar 30
Preston Stewart replied to Nichole Warner's discussion Crankandstein Cocoa Mill in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"I'm also interested if you haven't sold it already."
Mar 29
mari nanji-rowe liked Nichole Warner's discussion Crankandstein Cocoa Mill
Mar 22
mari nanji-rowe replied to Nichole Warner's discussion Crankandstein Cocoa Mill in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi Nichole. Do you ship to the UK. I am interested, if this is still on offer? Best, Fembe"
Mar 22
Nichole Warner replied to Andrew Beasley's discussion Fastest way to cool chocolate in the group Startup Central
"Does anyone have a photo of this to post? "
Mar 18

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I took a bean to bar chocolate making class through Ecole Chocolat, and a large part of the class was tasting chocolate from different regions and learning about flavor profiles, the terrior, of each cocoa growing region. Of all the chocolates I tasted, the bars from Rogue Chocolatier really changed my perception of chocolate. He has a remarkable ability to take you through each and every flavor a cocoa bean has to offer, it is truly mindblowing. My view of chocolate has never been the same.
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