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Tibor Baan commented on Tom Neuhaus's blog post A morning at Monggo Chocolates
"Dear Paul, This is very exciting article. Do you have details on how the tempering was done? I would be very interested to learn a technique that can work in that climate. Thank you Tibor"
May 12
Andal Balu and Tom Neuhaus are now friends
Sep 16, 2013
Tom Neuhaus left a comment for Jean SongWinds
"Hi Jean.  Yes, it would be of use, but shipping it would be exorbitantly expensive, I believe.  I have a contact in Cote d'Ivoire who could pick it up from Federal Express, but I'm guessing it would cost several hundred dollars.…"
Feb 16, 2012
Tom Neuhaus left a comment for Ma. Delpha Estrada
"Hi Ma.  Sorry I did not write back!  Hope all is working well for you. Here is a picture of a burned out house in one of the villages we help.  14 homes were burned and 4 people killed in violence caused by the army last December.…"
Feb 16, 2012
Jean SongWinds left a comment for Tom Neuhaus
"Hello Tom, I am new here. I read the article about Broguhe and have a sewing machine that works well, it is an older model.  Would it be of use for the sewing room?  Let me know and I will see if I can connect with someone to get it there.…"
Feb 16, 2012
Tom Neuhaus left a comment for Jessi Taylor
"Hi Jesse. See www.cocoafarmingpix.blogspot.com and scroll down to Broguhe. You will find three pictures at the end of the disaster. We are rebuilding the sewing room this week, and I plan on updating www.projecthopeandfairness.org as soon as I get…"
Feb 16, 2012
Jessi Taylor commented on Tom Neuhaus's blog post Disaster in Broguhe, Côte d'Ivoire
"This is fascinating - I'm new so maybe you've already told everyone all about your group but I'd love to know more about what you are doing to help this area.  Thanks for sharing."
Feb 16, 2012
Tom Neuhaus posted a blog post

Disaster in Broguhe, Côte d'Ivoire

This past December, one of the villages we visit every year was burned by members of the Ivorian Army, specifically pro-Ouattara forces.  Broguhe was pro-Gbagbo during the last election, so this is probably a form of punishment.  We (Project Hope and Fairness) are rebuilding the sewing room this week and electrifying it.  In any case, Ivory Coast, which supplies 40% of the world's cocoa, is slowly rebuilding from a civil war that started in 1993 and flashes on and off.Tom NeuhausSee More
Feb 15, 2012
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chocolate derailment

"I set the chocolate temperature too low, then left the enrober to its own "devices" for maybe an hour.  When I came back, the chocolate had partially crystallized and assumed the look of chocolate flowstone (a rock formation found in…"
Dec 12, 2011
Andal Balu commented on Tom Neuhaus's blog post Fundraiser for Project Hope and Fairness
"Hi Tom, The website is not working. Can you please send more information on the fundraiser event? Thanks! Andal Balu"
Dec 10, 2011
Tom Neuhaus posted a blog post

Fundraiser for Project Hope and Fairness

Tom Drahos of Windows on the Water and I, Tom Neuhaus, president of Project Hope and Fairness, are doing a Molecular Gastronomy demo at the SLO Botanical Garden in San Luis Obispo, Dec. 16, to benefit Project Hope and Fairness, a non-profit established to help cocoa farmers.  Last summer, we donated $4500 of tools to cocoa farmers in Ghana and Cameroon.  To learn more about the demo, see www.projecthopeandfairness.org and click…See More
Dec 5, 2011
Tom Neuhaus replied to helmut placek's discussion Organic Cocoa Beans
"I sincerely doubt that methyl bromide can be used on organically-certified cocoa beans.  If so, the integrity of the organic system is called into question.  A food microbiologist colleague told me recently that CO2 is used in fumigation;…"
Oct 31, 2011
Ma. Delpha Estrada left a comment for Tom Neuhaus
"Aloha Tom,   Thanks  so much for responding. I enjoyed reading your blog and I am really impressed of your initiatives to help cocoa farmers. I am also aiming for a Cacao Center, which is planned to be a one- stop shop and training center…"
Sep 12, 2011
Tom Neuhaus posted a blog post

Trip to Ghana and Cameroon

As President of Project Hope and Fairness, I spent 3 weeks in Ghana and Cameroon this summer and distributed tools to 8 villages using money raised by the NGO.  To read about my adventures, please visit  www.sweetearthchocolates.blogspot.com. I spent 10 days in Cameroon, talking to people in government and industry about building a cocoa study center near the town of Ebalowa, the capital of South…See More
Sep 8, 2011
Tom Neuhaus commented on Ma. Delpha Estrada's blog post List of Cacao Growers, Processors, Propagators, Artisan/Chocolatiers
"Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates 1491 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 tom@sweetearthchocolates.blogspot.com We are chocolatiers:  sweetearthchocolates.com"
Sep 8, 2011
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Trip to Ghana and Cameroon at West Africa

August 14, 2011 to September 4, 2011
Project Hope and Fairness is leading a tour to Ghana and Cameroon this summer.  We will be visiting 10+ cocoa-growing villages and distributing tools.  We will also be interviewing officials regarding the construction of a cocoa study center in each country.  To read a short description of the trip, visit Project Hope and Fairness (www.projecthopeandfairness.org) and click in the Events box on the link to "Departure for West Africa Trip"
Jun 15, 2011

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Most memorable chocolate experience:
Walking away from the enrobing machine for 30 minutes and coming back to a literal train wreck, as the conveyor belt had ripped into sundry pieces and solidified chocolate had tossed about like ice floes in the St. Lawrence during "break-up".
My favorite chocolate is:
Sweet Earth Organic caramel & 65%

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Disaster in Broguhe, Côte d'Ivoire

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 1:55pm 1 Comment

This past December, one of the villages we visit every year was burned by members of the Ivorian Army, specifically pro-Ouattara forces.  Broguhe was pro-Gbagbo during the last election, so this is probably a form of punishment.  We (Project Hope and Fairness) are rebuilding the sewing room this week and electrifying it.  In any case, Ivory Coast, which supplies 40% of the world's cocoa, is slowly rebuilding from a civil war that started in 1993 and flashes on and off.

Tom…

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Fundraiser for Project Hope and Fairness

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 5:55pm 1 Comment

Tom Drahos of Windows on the Water and I, Tom Neuhaus, president of Project Hope and Fairness, are doing a Molecular Gastronomy demo at the SLO Botanical Garden in San Luis Obispo, Dec. 16, to benefit Project Hope and Fairness, a non-profit established to help cocoa farmers.  Last summer, we donated $4500 of tools to cocoa farmers in Ghana and Cameroon.  To learn more about the demo, see www.projecthopeandfairness.org and…

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Trip to Ghana and Cameroon

Posted on September 8, 2011 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

As President of Project Hope and Fairness, I spent 3 weeks in Ghana and Cameroon this summer and distributed tools to 8 villages using money raised by the NGO.  To read about my adventures, please visit  www.sweetearthchocolates.blogspot.com.

 

I spent 10 days in Cameroon, talking to people in government and industry about building a cocoa study center near the town of Ebalowa, the…

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A Visit to Some Javan Cocoa Farms

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 12:39am 0 Comments

Friday afternoon I still had a few hours to kill. So I paid $30 for a tour company to supply me with a driver who spoke minimal English. Fortunately, Iva and Dani (president of the company that hosted my talks) came along, so communication was not an issue. We drove around in the Yogyakarta area, where there are mostly smallholders growing a variety of crops: vanilla, cloves, cocoa, rice, and bananas.…



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A morning at Monggo Chocolates

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 1:13am 1 Comment

THURSDAY, JUNE 18



I had an entire morning ahead of me with no responsibilities! I ate an early breakfast, then visited the gifts store on the first floor. There, among other things, I found some local chocolates. I took the chocolate bars to the hotel front desk and asked them where the factory was. Within 10 minutes I was off across Yogjakarta in search of Monggo Chocolates. I found it in the old part of town, in the silver district known as Kotagede.…



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At 12:27pm on February 16, 2012, Jean SongWinds said…

Hello Tom, I am new here. I read the article about Broguhe and have a sewing machine that works well, it is an older model.  Would it be of use for the sewing room?  Let me know and I will see if I can connect with someone to get it there. Good Chocolate adventures to you! Jean SongWinds

At 3:19pm on September 12, 2011, Ma. Delpha Estrada said…

Aloha Tom,

 

Thanks  so much for responding. I enjoyed reading your blog and I am really impressed of your initiatives to help cocoa farmers. I am also aiming for a Cacao Center, which is planned to be a one- stop shop and training center for cacao technology, processing, marketing, etc. in the Philippines. I am  looking for a funding institution which can help me reach out the  coconut and cacao farmers in my place. Cacao is planted as an intercrop to coconut trees in the Phlippines. Coconut farmers are the poorest sector in our country. This is an environment- friendly project which can  provide them a sustainable additional income.   I hope you can also include Philippines in your undertakings and I hope to have a fruitful partnership with you. God bless you and mahalo!

 

Madel

 

At 1:16pm on June 22, 2009, Anna Franceschini said…
At 1:16pm on June 22, 2009, Anna Franceschini said…
HOC09_APPLICATION FORM_ing.doc
Dear Mr. NEUHAUS, Thanks very much for your Kindness.
In the file Attached you can find a breaf program of the Summit and the application form to join it.
I hope that it would be useful to help you on your fund raising to your superior.
feel free to contact me for all the information you need.
regards
Anna Franceschini
Eurochocolate
At 11:03am on June 19, 2009, Anna Franceschini said…
Dear MR.NEUHAUS, thanks very much for your kind reply.
I know that the flight for Italy are not so cheap but I hope that you can find some convenient for October. We usually cover to the Summit Speecher the nigth spent in Perugia to join the festival.
Your projects and activities are very interesting and it could be very useful for us and you as well, meet the delegation of ghana and ivorian org involved in chocolate village project. As well as professor of Science nutrition you can join the meeting on chocolate properties and nutritional factors in pregnant women.
We also are trying to contact Mr. Howard YAna Shapiro , ex "seeds of change" now main actor of the MArs inc. swift to more ethical cocoa production. So if you know how to reach him, i would be very grateful.

Hoping for your presence at the Summit
Best Regards
Anna Franceschini
At 4:37am on June 19, 2009, Anna Franceschini said…
Dear Mr. NEUHAUS , i'm Anna Franceschini International Officer Of Eurochocoate Festival. Th most important chocolate festival in Italy. I would like to invite you at The International Summit " In the Hearth of Chocolate" 21th October, that will debate on ethical and sustainable projects on chocolate world, supported by ICCO and Fair trade italy.
I red about the project "hope ang farness helping African cocoa farmers" and it would be a plesure that you could came in italy to talk about this program.
feel free to ask me more about the festival at
a.franceschini@eurochocolate.com
www.eurochocolate.com

Best regards.
Anna Franceschini
 
 
 

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