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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 — No Comments

Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 2

Here I am with Roberto Granja of Transmar, one of the larger cacao companies in Ecuador. Roberto was at last year's Salon as well and they buy production from San Martin and Huanuco in Perú as well as other places.

Above: I am wearing a real Panama hat. Although they are called…

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Added by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Perú and the 2014 Salon del Cacao y Chocolate - Part 1

The 5th annual Salon del Cacao y Chocolate was held in Lima, Perú July 4-6. This was followed up by La Ruta del Cacao, a trip into la selva (the jungle) in and around Tarapoto in San Martin province July 7-9. I was one of a group of more than 20 invited international guests who attended both the Salon and La Ruta.

As with last year, the two events were organized and enjoyed the support of a broad range of organizations and government ministries including the Perúvian federal…

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Added by Clay Gordon on July 15, 2014 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Choco Files

You can check out my reviews of the chocolates I've tasted at Choco Files. I also explain my review philosophy and I'm adding more and more files with my ratings for each bar.

Added by ChocoFiles on July 7, 2014 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Yabisi Kakaw : Rebooting Puerto Rico's cacao heritage. | Kickstarter Campaign | FINAL DAYS!

Hello everyone,

 

For quite some time now,  I’ve been in love and fascinated with theobroma cacao, the plant. Whose seed was once used as currency in pre-columbian civilizations in South America  I live in Puerto Rico, one of the places the Spanish conquistadors brought seeds and and started commercial production in the 17th century. Historical records show that along with ginger, cacao was the main agricultural crop at that…

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Added by José Crespo on June 29, 2014 at 8:16am — No Comments

Introducing to My Self

25 Years in chocolate and pastry business , i design pastry and chocolate and design Special Machinery i have more than 180 customers around the world , i give ideas and know how , sometime recipe , i help to provide chefs , machines . material , to share you any question in business start up even mechanical or electrical problems in your machine 

i hope i get good friends from this site since i belong to this business and chocolate life

Added by Maroun Milan on June 28, 2014 at 9:58am — No Comments

Amsterdam's chocolate places

Amsterdam is not only an extremely pretty city. It also offers some great options for chocolate lovers and its chocolate scene was growing fast during the last few years, so I now list the best Amsterdam chocolate locations on my blog. There are many very decent chocolatiers and some really excellent ones. There is a fantastic chocolate bar shop specialized in high quality single origin chocolates.…

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on June 11, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

ChocoVivo - stone ground, bean to bar chocolate in Los Angeles, CA

ChocoVivo, just ten minutes east of Venice, is the first bean to bar chocolate manufacturer I’ve found in LA.

For the full story (including taste-testing!) come on over to The Chocolate Tourist blog.…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on May 16, 2014 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Allergic... to Cocolate??

Maybe not! Listing common ingredients in "chocolate" that could be inducing symptoms. Do you or a friend suffer from the following? 

It's all at The Chocolate Tourist blog.…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on May 9, 2014 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Potomac Chocolate in Woodbridge, Virginia

Potomac is the first chocolate maker I ever interviewed. My friend Valerie and I met Ben Rasmussen and got to watch him make chocolate. From scratch.

A one-man bean to bar maker with a childlike joy in the process of making good chocolate!

Read the rest right here!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on May 7, 2014 at 11:20pm — No Comments

Theobromine & Caffeine in Cacao

As I have since 2007 I am once again researching theobromine and caffeine in cacao.

Starting with this study:

"HPLC Determination of Methylxanthines and Polyphenols Levels In Cocoa and Chocolate Product"

http://www.ukm.my/mjas/v7_n2/14Nazaruddin.pdf

I am going to add to this as I go along and learn more so I will warn you in advance that it will be rambling and not very well organized.  Someday I hope to…

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Added by ChocoFiles on May 3, 2014 at 10:57am — 1 Comment

Fabros Farm not just a cacao farm but a cacao forest

Cacao is endemic in the locality of Maria Aurora. In the neighborhood of Brgy. Diaat alone, cacao trees are grown in backyards. I was even shown of one resilient and abundantly fruiting cacao that is precariously thriving on a rocky ground on one end of the bridge just on top of its abutment. The tree appears like dangling on a…

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on May 2, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Chocolate solid

I tried many times make chocolate ,it will not come solid stage.it's coming liquid.whenever i kept outsite of freezer will come liquid stage.How to make solid stage.Please advice to me.

Added by syed on May 1, 2014 at 3:09am — 6 Comments

The Chocolate Tasting Kit: A Great Way to Unleash Your Inner Connoisseur

Have you seen the new kit for tasting chocolate by my fellow Canadian, Eagranie Yuh?  At first I didn't think I needed it, but then I saw the value for both new and experienced chocolate tasters. In fact, I might include it in chocolate tasting sessions, offer it as a draw prize to…

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Added by Lisabeth Flanagan on April 28, 2014 at 10:26am — 1 Comment

Candy Contents: Name That Ingredient!

Chocolate was first enjoyed as a drink. Mash up some cocoa beans, add water and some other exciting ingredients (sugar, spices, corn) and yum, it’s dessert for kings and queens.

But now we usually eat chocolate in a bar. Did you ever wonder how that came to be? No? Well, I’ll tell you anyway. Read all about it.

Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 25, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Middlebury Chocolates in Vermont

I subscribed to Standard Cocoa's monthly chocolate delivery service, and my first box contained Middlebury Chocolates! Small batches of handmade bean to bar chocolate.

Good stuff!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Amsterdam Chocolatiers - Metropolitan

It took me a while to go through Amsterdam's chocolatiers with detailed blog posts. There's always personal favorites... and I knew from the beginning which was my number one chocolatier in town (although I like some other places quite a lot, too!). Anyway, when it comes to pralines/bonbons/chocolates, my favorite is:…

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Added by Sweet matter physicist on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Cacao Sense Dingayan Cacao Farm Story

Cacao sense is common sense

Most of our practices are based on common sense, keen observations and experiences gained throughout the years of our operations. In the farm, we have existing shade trees, like madre de kakaw and the big grasses served also as…

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Added by Pinoy Chocophile on April 22, 2014 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Book Review: "Chocolate Chocolate," by Frances Park & Ginger Park

I hope you will love this book as much as I did! A charming memoir of 25 years in business at the Washington, DC chocolate shop of the same name. A boost to every entrepreneur, dreamer, and chocolate lover.

Read all about it!

Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 13, 2014 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Chocolate Chocolate - family-run shop in DC

What do you call the neighborhood shop that represents the dreams, hard work, family loyalty, and enduring passion for chocolate of two very special sisters? Chocolate Chocolate.

Read all about it on The Chocolate Tourist blog!…

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Added by The Chocolate Tourist on April 9, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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