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Question on Weighing Product

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Forbes Mar 18. 2 Replies

I started molding 3.5 oz (100 g) half cacao pods of liquor and after speaking with a distributor wants us to add sugar.  I did a test batch with 38% pure cane sugar and 62% liquor.  The four pieces I…Continue

Trip to the DR

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Forbes Mar 18. 6 Replies

If anyone is interested in visiting the Dominican Republic between May 2nd and the 12 or so, I would be happy to show you, who and what I know about cacao and chocolate in the country.  Every trip I…Continue

Molding Liquor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Forbes Mar 12. 6 Replies

Hello all and looking for a little advice on molding chocolate liquor.  I recently purchased a 50 lbs. Savage Brothers melter-tempering machine.  After running it, trying to learn how to use it.  I…Continue

FCIA Event in NYC

Started Jun 29, 2013 0 Replies

I had a fantastic time at the FCIA event in NYC today.  Of course I got to say hello to Clay and chit chat a little.  Gary Guittard's workshop was very good and and an amazing chance to hear from…Continue


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Cat Ankerson replied to Thomas Forbes's discussion Adding Cacao Butter
Jul 23
Gap replied to Thomas Forbes's discussion Adding Cacao Butter
"If you're talking about Tom's 60 nibs, 30 sugar and 10 cocoa butter, that is a 70% chocolate."
Jul 23
Cat Ankerson replied to Thomas Forbes's discussion Adding Cacao Butter
"Is this considered 60% or 70% chocolate?"
Jul 23
Thomas Forbes and Chris Werner are now friends
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Thomas Forbes replied to Chris Werner's discussion Arriba Cacao
"No problem, would love to trade bars. "
Jun 23
Thomas Forbes replied to David Senk's discussion Shared Journey in the group Startup Central
"I have heard very good things about Alan."
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Thomas Forbes replied to Jessica Conrad's discussion cacao cucina
"It is very expensive for what you can produce.  "
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Thomas Forbes replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Initial Thoughts: CHOCOA 2014
"Definitely the most interesting of the group on farmers.  I am going to have to take some time to really look at this.  Thanks."
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Thomas Forbes replied to Clay Gordon's discussion Initial Thoughts: CHOCOA 2014
"You sure give me a lot to think about.  I do not think the word, sustainable, was ever really defined at the WCF meeting last Oct. in Santo Domingo.  I am trying to get a better handle on what a profitable cacao farm looks like in the…"
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Thomas Forbes replied to It's Chocolate's discussion Chocolate prices.
"I live in Bergen County, NJ, right over the George Washington Bridge.  I find the chocolatiers in the area sell at around $20 a lb. for truffles and barks.  It is not very good.  The pharmacies sell the $3.50-$4 a bar, but that is…"
Mar 28
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"Clay, come over and hang out with me for a half a day and you will see chocolate in too many places.  I am applying many of my old painting techniques, and that is painting houses not portraits.  Sounds like a fabulous trip, but when you…"
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"After FIKA, you can walk to Kee's and four others in the general vicinity. "
Mar 23

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While in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic I was sent to a site which was surrounded by cacao trees. Seeing and tasting cacao from the pod was most memorable.
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Chocolate Weekend NYC 2011 – Trip Report, Saturday Oct. 15th

Posted on October 16, 2011 at 12:00am 5 Comments

Took NJ Transit into Port Authority arriving around 11:00am in the City.  Walked down to Meadow on 10th Street on Hudson.  Joe Salvatore from Madecasse Chocolate was listed to be there with no specific time and found out on arrival he will show up at 2pm and stay until 5pm.  Looked for a while at their amazing varieties of chocolates.  I had tried some of them and read about many others on the Internet.  Also learned there are many more out there I have never heard about.  I have…


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At 7:34pm on November 9, 2013, Beth Bromund said…

I teach at a wonderful high school in Michigan.  Unfortunately, our state legislature has created a very anti-teacher environment and our salaries have been going backwards for some years now.  Our local school board won't give us a decent contract option, and our salaries are frozen until we have a contract (per new state laws), but our expenses are mandated to increase if we don't have a contract.  It's really frustrating. 

At 1:36pm on October 11, 2011, Jeff Kuehl said…
Great information. Thanks. It would be great to experience harvest. Any suggestions for where to stay and farms/contacts that might allow me to observe harvest? Also, the co-op in Nagua sounds interesting. Is there a website or contact?
By the way, I am a former teacher as well.

Thanks, again. Your assistance has been wonderful.
At 1:13pm on October 4, 2011, Jeff Kuehl said…
Thanks for the quick response. I am in the recipe-testing stage of my bean-to-bar business planning. I would like to use beans from the Dominican Republic. Obviously, I am dealing in small batches at the moment. Can you recommend contacts, farms, and/or co-ops that could offer me beans?

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