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ricardo villanueva
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  • Sacramento, CA
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ricardo villanueva replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Enjoy your "site". Ciao."
Jan 26, 2012
ricardo villanueva replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Hi Adamandia: I am a little skeptical that the Santha grinder ( or any little stone grinder ) will produce completely smooth, under 30 micron chocolate.  These cute machines look like an old phonograph. Material is milled between a…"
Jan 26, 2012
ricardo villanueva replied to Adamandia Diamantopoulos's discussion Looking to learn how to make chocolate - bean to bar process
"Hi Adamandia: Might I first suggest the book The Science of Chocolate by S.T. Beckett who I believe teaches in York. His book can be very technical in places, but it is thorough. The Web site 'chocolate alchemy' is fine, but they are…"
Jan 25, 2012
ricardo villanueva replied to Brad Churchill's discussion Standards in the Questionnaire..... in the group International Chocolate Awards
"As I recall, Frank Capra and others cooked up the academy awards during a writer's strike.  It was  a whim that struck gold in terms of publicity, the oil of the movie industry machine, to mix a metaphore.  I think the AAs now…"
Jan 24, 2012
ricardo villanueva commented on Clay Gordon's group International Chocolate Awards
"Brad brings up excellent points. Chocolate means many things to many people. One awards pitfall might be the danger of snob appeal. As is, everybody "owns " chocolate.  Mention working with chocolate, and people smile. …"
Jan 23, 2012
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International Chocolate Awards

The International Chocolate Awards  highlights excellence in fine chocolate to consumers by awarding prizes for plain/origin bars, flavoured bars, filled chocolates (bonbons, pralines, ganaches) and spreads in national and regional rounds, culminating in our yearly World Final.Competitions are held in an expanding range of countries and World regions, including Scandinavia, Italy, European Semi-final, Canada, Germany/Austria/Switzerland and in the USA for the Americas.The Awards are overseen by…See More
Jan 23, 2012
Andal Balu replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hello Richardo,Thanks for your reply to my posting.  I do not intend to use this forum for our customer service.  I do welcome you to contact me directly to address your concerns appropriately.  I will also contact you…"
Mar 2, 2011
ricardo villanueva replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Hi Andal: Clearly you do not remember me. You sold me an Innoconcepts Ultra grinder. It worked OK except it had a design defect, namely overheating. Your company redesigned the unit. I asked for the modifications, and you wanted to charge me. …"
Feb 28, 2011
Andal Balu replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Ricardo, We want to bring to your attention that we have CocoaT mini Pregrinders for $149.99. It is a heavy duty pregrinder and can powder cocoa nibs in less than 30 seconds. Our customers are using this pregrinder to reduce the particle size and…"
Feb 28, 2011
ricardo villanueva replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Dear Clay: Well said! Apologies about flogging. I do think bean to bar production commercially is a risky proposition in this economy. On the other hand, shops that make chocolate confections and sell a variety of chocolates seem a better bet, all…"
Nov 30, 2010
Clay Gordon replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Ricardo: The grinder in question is not mine - I am not trying to flog it. I repeat - the machine is not mine. Please read the original discussion. As for the NSF/UL comments these are very real considerations in many locales, and specifically in…"
Nov 29, 2010
ricardo villanueva replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"By the way, Clay, seems to me you've been offering people some odd advice with respect to the legality of consumer and commercial electronics in California. I'll check out what you've been saying at work at the California Department…"
Nov 29, 2010
ricardo villanueva replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Clay, with the respect due to you: A couple of things. The California CCRs say nothing about prohibiting a "meat grinder" for cocoa. Nethier is there a particular problem with environmental management here is Sacramento. Ask Val Siebal,…"
Nov 29, 2010
Clay Gordon replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Ricardo: With all due respect, there are a couple of issues you may not have considered. The first is that your meat grinder option may not actually meet health codes for commercial production. It might be okay for home use or in some…"
Nov 28, 2010
ricardo villanueva replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Thank you Patti. Actually I have no special fabrication skills. But I am not too shy to ask for help. Eventually with help I get things right. You can too, I'm sure. May you have fun and success in your hocoate adventure! Ricardo"
Nov 28, 2010
Patti Humbert replied to ricardo villanueva's discussion $4000 pregrinder, really? Really? in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Ricardo, you are very resourceful! I am impressed....I'm not so good at fabricating my own equipment!"
Nov 27, 2010

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Making my first batch from whole Ghana beans.
My favorite chocolate is:
the last one I ate

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At 1:09am on September 17, 2010, Jeffray D. Gardner said…
Yes, that would be great on both counts. Thanks Ricardo!
 
 
 

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