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Teresa Ulrich
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Jul 29, 2013
Tom replied to Teresa Ulrich's discussion Pre-washing cocoa beans before drying in the group The Science of Chocolate
"For best flavour development, take the beans out of the pod, ferment them 5-7 days and then dry them. Never wash them at any stage. If you wash them before fermentation you wash away the pulp essential for fermentation, fermentation is the only…"
May 27, 2013
Teresa Ulrich replied to Teresa Ulrich's discussion Pre-washing cocoa beans before drying in the group The Science of Chocolate
"Thanks Frank! I'll forward this info to the farmer I'm working with in Fiji. Take care, Teresa"
May 27, 2013
Frank Homann replied to Teresa Ulrich's discussion Pre-washing cocoa beans before drying in the group The Science of Chocolate
"Hi Teresa, In our experience, it doesn't make much sense to wash the beans, although it may have worked in Vietnam. Actually, washing the beans pre-fermentation may mess with the pulp that is essential for the fermentation (it is actually the…"
May 27, 2013
Teresa Ulrich replied to Teresa Ulrich's discussion Pre-washing cocoa beans before drying in the group The Science of Chocolate
"Excellent, thanks Arcelia, I hear great things about Maya Mountain Cacao. I found out if beans are too acidic that washing them would help reduce acidity, but to be careful of contaminating them with dirty water. "
May 8, 2013
Arcelia Gallardo replied to Teresa Ulrich's discussion Pre-washing cocoa beans before drying in the group The Science of Chocolate
"Hi Teresa, I don't know the answer to your question but would like to refer you to Alexis or Emily at Maya Mountain Cacao in Belize, they are on the ground level and may be able to answer or point you in the right direction.  "
Apr 23, 2013
Teresa Ulrich added a discussion to the group The Science of Chocolate
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Pre-washing cocoa beans before drying

Hello,Does anyone have information about how washing pre-fermented cocoa beans before drying affects bean flavor? The only information I have, from a document written by Smilja Lambert of Mars, Inc. about Vietnam cocoa, states that soaking is supposed to reduce acidity, increase brown beans and improve chocolate flavor. I’m working with a farmer who is trying to improve the flavor of his beans. He currently soaks the pre-fermented beans (approx. 10kg at a time) in water for 15 minutes before…See More
May 16, 2012
Teresa Ulrich joined Clay Gordon's group
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The Science of Chocolate

Are you interested in all the nitty gritty details of cacao and chocolate - genetics, geopolitics, agronomy, taxonomy, and the like? Then this is the group to join to take a deep dive into chocolate.
May 16, 2012
Teresa Ulrich and Louis Varela are now friends
Nov 13, 2011
Teresa Ulrich is attending Kristy Leissle's event

Northwest Chocolate Festival at Seattle Center, Northwest Rooms

October 22, 2011 at 10am to October 23, 2011 at 6pm
The Northwest Chocolate Festival is proud to be the largest gathering of true Bean-To-Bar chocolate makers in the United States. We are delighted and tastefully surprised to be the largest dessert showcase in the city of Seattle.We also host the Best of the Northwest Dessert Awards and we always have fun at the competition night celebration.This year we focus on the agriculture of cacao ~ the fruit that makes great chocolate ~ and the techniques that set fine chocolate makers apart from the…See More
Oct 19, 2011
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Feb 23, 2011
Teresa Ulrich is now a member of The Chocolate Life
Feb 6, 2011

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Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
My homestay with a cacao farmer in Tailevu, Fiji
My favorite chocolate is:
Claudio Corallo

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