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January 2012 Blog Posts (7)

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate. part 7

Published by Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. (2008)

The Transformation   From Bean to Chocolate

The fermented and dried cocoa beans are packed in sacks made of coarse jute and shipped across the ocean. They are then transported along the Rhine and unloaded at the port in Basel and put into storage. The chocolate…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on January 25, 2012 at 9:02am — No Comments

Hawaiian Criollo

We visited The Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory, where they claim to be the first in the state of Hawaii. They offer a cacao tree to hand poured bar operation; the only such operation in the US. A one pound bar of dark Criollo chocolate sells for $36. http://www.ohcf.us

Added by Stan Phillips on January 21, 2012 at 1:32pm — 2 Comments

Growing of cacao in Convento. (ECUADOR)

Found this nice mail few weeks ago in my mailbox, like to share it.

Dear Geert, I found your blog and read the article about cacao in Ecuador, also your web page and found most of them very interesting and delightfull for the eyes....so  I can imagine it will be the same with your hand made chocolate.....delightfull for the senses.
I am attaching a photo of a jewelry piece we were commisioned by the President of the Junta Parroquial de Convento,…
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Added by Vercruysse Geert on January 21, 2012 at 11:26am — No Comments

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate. part 6

Published by Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. (2008)

Since visiting Felchlin 2010 and 2011, I must admit I’m addicted to there chocolate and there philosophy.      This book is to interesting not to blog, so I must share this on my blog.

The Journey: From the Farmer to Basel.

After selection, the dried beans are generally transported as bulk goods in the…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on January 12, 2012 at 8:34am — No Comments

cheap bean to bar chocolate making machines

Hello, am interested in purchasing used cheap bean to bar chocolate making machines. send me prices.

my e-mail is ssembuya@yahoo.com

Added by stephen sembuya on January 10, 2012 at 8:44am — No Comments

Artisanal chocolatiers in Paris: Clay Gordon's recommendations

First off, I have to say I've been remiss in writing this post, as we did a self-guided tour of Clay's recommended  spots back in late October, but I have to give him credit for what was an absolutely awesome 3 days.  Clays' recommendations greatly expanded the list we had and he helped make it one of the nicest trips we'd ever been on.  We got to nearly all his recommended spots, and here are my own throughts about the places we visited:

  • Pralus: Loved it.  Love their little…
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Added by Keith Ayoob on January 8, 2012 at 7:06am — No Comments

the creation of a product can be one of the most exhilerating experiences

in my 20 plus years in the chocolate and pastry world I've put out quite a lot of what some may call innovative stuff.... being my bread and butter I'm often too 'at work' to realise what exactly it is I'm doing and have achieved....luckily I realise that and have made a conscious effort to enjoy the experience of creation because let's face it , that's the whole point of it in the first place, right? 

 In my outside the box way, what recently began as a joke between a Maryland Chef…

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Added by Paul John Kearins on January 1, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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