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Importing Cocoa Beans

One of the implications of wanting to partner directly with cacao farmers is learning how to import cocoa beans.

My first ever post on The Chocolate Life was a naive call for small-scale farmers to send me their beans. Little did I know that one of the biggest hurdles to starting a “from the bean” chocolate…

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Added by Landen Zernickow on September 25, 2014 at 5:34pm — No Comments

Root Chocolate - Chocolate Texture

At Root Chocolate, we've learned a lot since our first batch of chocolate and are starting to churn out more professional chocolate. However, we love the accessibility of our first recipe and its simplicity. Learn more about the biggest difference between our first and most recent batch, and what we have to say about keeping chocolate-making accessible!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/22/chocolate_texture/

Added by Landen Zernickow on September 22, 2014 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Root Chocolate - Slow Food

A better, cleaner and fairer world begins with what we put on our plates – and our daily choices determine the future of the environment, economy and society. – Slow Food USA

This is so relevant to those of us who make chocolate at home and who take the time to create chocolate from the bean. Read more on the blog:…

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Added by Landen Zernickow on September 18, 2014 at 5:16pm — No Comments

A visit with local chocolate makers

Richard and I took our Root Chocolate selves over to visit another couple of local chocolate makers and we are so honored to count David and Leslie among our new chocolate - making community now! Learn more here:

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/15/arete/

Added by Landen Zernickow on September 15, 2014 at 6:46pm — No Comments

Siriana Cacao

Read about our experience making chocolate with Siriana Cacao today on the blog: 

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/11/siriana_cacao/

Thanks, Piper!

Added by Landen Zernickow on September 11, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Supply chain and chocolate

What does supply chain have to do with chocolate? Read more on the blog about my personal connection to supply chain consciousness!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/08/supply_chain/

Added by Landen Zernickow on September 8, 2014 at 6:36pm — 1 Comment

Tempering and Bloom

Check out today's post on our experience with tempering and bloom. This has been one of the most evasive parts of making chocolate and we're looking for advice from the experts. Read about our attempts and let us know what you suggest!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/04/tempering_and_bloom/

Added by Landen Zernickow on September 4, 2014 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Advice for making chocolate at home

A new blog post is up, featuring Clay Gordon's advice for making chocolate at home. Enjoy!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/09/02/clay-gordon-on-making-chocolate-at-home/

Added by Landen Zernickow on September 2, 2014 at 7:14pm — 2 Comments

Cacao Sampaka

Cacao Sampaka

I've become a chocolate snob. Actually, I knew that, but I didn't realize how much of one I have become. Maybe I have always been one; I'm not sure. I was born into a family of chocolate aficionados after all, and my…
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Added by Ggirl Bldr on August 30, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Clay Gordon on living the chocolate life

“You never know when a small decision will have a profound impact on your life.” – Clay Gordon, the world’s first international chocolate critic

Read more on today's blog post, part one of a two-part series with The Chocolate Life's own Clay Gordon!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/28/clay-gordon-on-living-the-chocolate-life/

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 28, 2014 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Chocolate Ganache-Topped Chocolate-Cherry CUP-PAKENs

Chocolate and cherry is always a delicious combination, and this recipe is no exception. These 'cup-pakens' have mini cherry pies hidden inside of moist chocolate cupcakes.  Best of all, they are topped with a rich, real-cream chocolate ganache.  Try it!  I guarantee you will impress all…

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Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 28, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Premier Wonder Grinder

A new post is up about our new melanger and our biggest batch yet! Check it out at the address below:

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/25/premier_wonder_grinder/

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 25, 2014 at 9:57pm — No Comments

Winnowing Woes

Hi chocolate-making community,

A new post is up on the blog about winnowing. Help me figure out a smart solution for winnowing at home that doesn't break the bank or require expert engineering skills!

http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/23/winnowing-woes/

Looking forward to your advice!

Landen

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 24, 2014 at 1:31am — No Comments

Flourless White Chocolate Cake

I do a lot of experimenting with Flourless Chocolate Cake, and lately I have worked on recipes for white and milk chocolate (instead of the same ol' dark chocolate cake). Here is result of my white chocolate experiments with fresh Ontario peaches: http://ultimatelychocolatecakes.blogspot.ca/2014/08/flourless-white-chocolate-cake-with.html  I'd love to see your flourless chocolate cake…

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Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:22am — No Comments

What's your favourite 85%

I have tried all the commercial brands and some craft brands....but what are your favourite craft, bean-to-bar 85% dark chocolate bars?  Please tell me in the comments section on my blog page: http://www.ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.ca/2014/08/whats-your-favourite-85-chocolate-bar.html

Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on August 21, 2014 at 8:17am — No Comments

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolates

Dark chocolate is probably one food that is not only sinfully delicious but nutritious at the same time. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains a good amount of soluble fiber and essential minerals. A 100 gram bar of dark chocolate contains 70-85% of cocoa extract. If you further breakdown the contents, you get fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Of course, we can’t afford to forget that it also contains a considerable…

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Added by Freddy Falck on August 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Transgenic theobroma cacao

Reading some papers about cacao propagation I stumbled upon a granted patent on embryogenesis procedure on theobroma cacao tree. What I found alarming is that as long as a decade there're methods to introduce external traits to the embryo. Oficially creating a GMO cacao tree.

Here's some extract from the document : 

"A “foreign gene” is intended to mean any gene or polynucleotide not naturally found in cacao. In addition, this technology enables the…

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Added by José Crespo on August 17, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Growing Cacao in Costa Rica

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Added by Michael Petti on August 14, 2014 at 7:01pm — 2 Comments

Root Chocolate

Dear chocolate makers and chocolate lovers,

I wanted to share my blog, where I'm writing about my chocolate-making endeavors and experiences. Please feel free to comment. If you'd like me to highlight your business or your ideas, shoot me a private message and I'll reach out to do an informational interview.

www.rootchocolate.com

Thanks for being such a great community!

Best,

Landen

Added by Landen Zernickow on August 13, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Illustrating the chocolate making process.

When I recently wanted to blog about a Amsterdam-based bean-to-bar chocolate maker I realized that I never properly introduced 'bean-to-bar' on my own blog.

Now I finally made a brief drawing to roughly illustrate the process from tree to chocolate with a focus on the flavor developing steps (which is: fermentation, roasting, conching). Hard to hide my science background I guess... ;)

On my …

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on July 24, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

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