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Purchasing Direct on Vacation

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Forbes Feb 6, 2013. 3 Replies

Hey I was wondering if anybody has any experiences they can share regarding purchasing cacao beans direct from growers. Mostly I'm wondering about people who have purchased hobbyist quantities (20kg…Continue

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Thomas Forbes replied to borncamp's discussion Purchasing Direct on Vacation
"I have brought back a couple of kilos of dried beans but mostly paste which whatever I could fit into the check-on suitcases.  The weight limit is what prohibits bringing back any real quantity.  Going on vacation and sourcing good beans…"
Feb 6, 2013
Ian Whitaker replied to borncamp's discussion Purchasing Direct on Vacation
"Hi, I have taken small quantities in personal baggage (-5kg) of dried beans for our own use across from Central America (Honduras, Belize, Guatemala) to the USA, or through USA and to Europe, which involves exactly the same US Customs control in…"
Feb 6, 2013
Gifford Laube replied to borncamp's discussion Purchasing Direct on Vacation
"Hello Borncamp, I run a small cacao sourcing company here in Nicaragua, and we have been happy to host several visits over the past few months here. We have also been sending cacao air freight to the States and Europe in small lots (180-500 kilos).…"
Feb 6, 2013
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Purchasing Direct on Vacation

Hey I was wondering if anybody has any experiences they can share regarding purchasing cacao beans direct from growers. Mostly I'm wondering about people who have purchased hobbyist quantities (20kg or less) direct from growers or grower co-ops while they are visiting another country.  Are there generally opportunities for this, or is the volume so low as to be non-existent?  Also what sort of constraints are there bringing beans back into the US? Are such small quantities negligible or do they…See More
Feb 5, 2013
borncamp replied to Geetha Panchapakesan's discussion Question about chocolate molds
"There may be some machine shops or maker spaces in your area with cnc machines or 3d printers. They may be able to mill out molds (in the case of a cnc) or build up a mold (in the case of a 3d printer).  If you are design inclined you may be…"
Jan 21, 2013
borncamp replied to Ning-Geng Ong's discussion Winnowing equipment for hobbyist
"I've used a fan with a tarp and had good results. Place the fan on a chair with the cracked nibs/shell pieces in a bowl. Place the bowl in front of the fan and continuously lift the materials into the air and let them fall back into the bowl.…"
Dec 21, 2012
borncamp replied to eileen h.'s discussion Chocolate Bar Cardboard box
"I don't know much about the packaging industry. However, my company has a client that does do work in that sort of thing. They call themselves a corrugated box company. "
Dec 16, 2012
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