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Tom replied to Tom's discussion Australian Chocolate Update in the group Chocolate Down Under
"Yeah, i saw this, perhaps one to keep an eye on for products, got the tip from Jesse Last, who has been working with them to supply them with cacao beans through his company CacaoVivo"
23 hours ago
Gap replied to Tom's discussion Australian Chocolate Update in the group Chocolate Down Under
"Is it stretching it a little to call them "chocolate" makers. This is from their website: ingredients: organic virgin cacao butter, organic dark agave nectar, organic cacao powder, organic coconut oil, organic carob, organic cinnamon,…"
yesterday
Tom replied to Tom's discussion Australian Chocolate Update in the group Chocolate Down Under
"Another chocolate maker has popped up in Victoria, Hunted and Gathered, this time a raw / paleo chocolate. huntedandgathered.com.au "
yesterday
Tom and Jesse Last are now friends
Monday
Tom replied to Liz's discussion Source for beans in the group Chocolate Down Under
"You can get Vanuatu beans through Spencer Cocoa. These are not Criollo. Usually very nice chocolatey beans. It is very difficult to get beans in small quantities in Australia without paying a lot. Also Criollo or any varietal for that matter is the…"
Nov 2
Sebastian replied to Tom's discussion Heavy Metals
"For a hobby?  not at all. For commercial purposes - depends on where you live, as the laws are different by country."
Nov 1
Judy Hinrichs replied to Tom's discussion Heavy Metals
"For the hobby / small producer who needs to keep costs down how often would you be required to test for this if your beans are coming from a consistent source? Thank you to everyone on here for being so generous with their knowledge."
Nov 1
Hector Velásquez commented on Tom's video
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Bahen & Co, Margaret River, Western Australia

"Very interesting, and ewxcelente passion for cocoa and chocolate, are open to many successes to provide the best cocoa from Ecuador"
Oct 30

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Making my own chocolate bean to bar
My favorite chocolate is:
I am getting good enough to say my own.

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At 4:26am on July 23, 2013, peter mengler said…

yes, i do buy beans from Daintree and carry credits of source on my label. As you'll appreciate for commercial confidentiality reasons i can't say much more. But glad you enjoyed the bars ,Vanuatu beans have improved greatly over the last year. Currently Bougainville & Solomon the most popular alas i won't have more Bougainville Beans till Sept

At 2:34am on January 30, 2013, Nat said…

Hi Tom,

So glad you got to try and enjoy our chocolate! We've been trying to get it into Monty's in Brisbane. Any suggestions there? We've sent them samples but can't seem to get them on the phone.

Thanks,

Nat

At 5:45pm on October 10, 2012, Nat said…

Hi Tom,

Great! We look forward to hosting him. We'll definitely have at least 2 cacao farm & chocolate factory tours and a bean-to-bar chocolate making class in January, with possibly some additional mini classes. Just tell your mate to keep an eye on http://madrechocolate.com/Classes.html and we'll post classes usually 1-2 months ahead.

At 9:28am on August 27, 2012, Bea Misa said…
Thanks Tom! We're just a year into our fermentary, but it's been great. Really love cacao <3
At 2:46pm on July 15, 2012, Tupaemanaia Steve Brown said…

Tx Tom.....sharing this with fellow chocophiles..."The flavour of the chocolate is pretty good and typical of the Samoan origin, full chocolate note with hints of nuts and honey, you will also find it will start to develope some fruity notes as the chocolate ages over the next three weeks or so. Quite an edible chocolate! The raw note in there and extra bitterness from the small beans could be easily masked by formulating as a dark milk chocolate."

Since then we have fermented longer (6-7 Nights), turned the fermenting beans daily in the latter half of fermentation, sorted the beans before exporting.....peter from dprawfoods.com thought the longer fermentation was disadvantageous? We now have Joshua bahen in WA making chocolate from Tavita;s cocoa beans here in Samoa carefully fermented 4 and 6 and 7 nights (3kg of each). Monsieur Truffe is also making chocolate this week from CSL (Cocoa Samoa Limited) beans again more carefully fermented for a longer duration (5-7 nights) by Talima.

Our growers are used to just making their own Koko Samoa paste, selling it locally in 250g cups for hot chocolate drinks, but are now having to consider obtaining the best chocolate precursors for premium export purposes.

Tx Tom

At 5:06am on July 14, 2012, Tupaemanaia Steve Brown said…

Hi Tom, You were the first to make chocolate from our SAMOA GOLD beans, thanks to Howard (www.mamorchocolates.com). Can you please send me your Testimonial/results to stevebrownsamoa@gmail.com as this same grower now has 5 tonne available..we inspected them yesterday after her organic certification follow-up visit....she's asking an additional $AUD5000/tonne through our Pacific Distributor, Richard David at www.kokosamoainternational.com and this is the price increase we want our growers to receive. Then, and only then, will we be able to produce more premium beans to make some of the best chocolate thru chocolatemakers like yourself. If you know of anybody keen to purchase 10 tonnes of PREMIUM SAMOA GOLD cocoa beans, they are now available. First come first served. And let me take this opportunity to thank you Tom..can we send you another sample as we have altered the fermentation technique to improve the quality even more? Cheers, Steve

At 12:45am on February 10, 2012, Tom Ohito Zukoshi said…

Hi Tom, Yes you got one of my best beans which happen to have very less butter content but the aroma.  We are fighting again this year with too much rain and the wind.  

At 5:29pm on July 24, 2011, Vera Hofman said…

Hi Tom,

Thanks for your comment! Nice to hear from you. I would love to hear more about your chocolate making experiences. By the way: I did not taste an Australian bean-to-bar chocolate so far....

Chocolove, Vera

At 5:30am on March 5, 2011, Sonia said…

Hi Tom,

Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to you. Any tips you have for me would be excellent. I have never made chocolate before. My daughter has a rare condition and can't have dairy so i am on a mission to make dairy-free chocolate. There is more and more in the shops but i love chocolate so thought it would be a fun challenge for me. I have ordered a melanger grinder which should arrive in the next week or two. I am sure i will have to taste a lot of bad chocolate before i get good at it but i will let you know how i go :) 

At 3:50am on February 1, 2011, Ice Blocks! said…

Made a raspberry and cacao ice block and its surprisingly good. Needs a few tweaks here and there but its definitely on the correct track to be a special.

 

Try frozen banana (LadyFingers), pomegranate juice and a couple of tablespoons of cacao powder as a smoothie in the morning. I love it. Always raises the mood.

 
 
 

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