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August 2011 Blog Posts (7)

List of Cacao Growers, Processors, Propagators, Artisan/Chocolatiers

Hi! I am Madel, a Fulbright Scholar currently working with Dr. Skip Bittenbender on a research on cacao at the UH . Right now we're listing the cacao growers, propagators, Chocolatiers/artisan with a hope that we can meet sometime to discuss on the cacao industry in Hawaii and aim to have a wonderful Hawaii Cacao industry in the future. 


Will you care to email me your name, Farm/bussiness location, home address, email address. Please state the no. of cacao trees you have; the…


Added by Ma. Delpha Estrada on August 24, 2011 at 7:10pm — 5 Comments

Garden Island Chocolate now has a facebook fan page

Garden Island Chocolate invites you to visit our new fan page on facebook, you can see us making Kauai chocolate and Kauai Acai, and all the other fascinating agricultural endeavors like dehydrating bananas, planting cacao trees, harvesting cacao pods, harvesting citrus, miracle berries, etc...

We also have regular contests for free chocolate, and you get to see our exciting research and development for our new chocolate products like truffles, and chocolate covered mac nuts and…

Added by Koa Kahili on August 24, 2011 at 6:49pm — No Comments

need a chocolate tempering machine

I need a continues chocolate tempering machine like Prefamac - Automatic tempering machine, type CONTINUA   in economy price :   Please suggest the brands

Added by santhosh kumar on August 24, 2011 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Part two: Developing the new Organic Grand Cru Piura from Original Beans

Thank you all for your enthusiastic responses and showing interest in the development of Original Beans’ new recipe! What happened after two weeks? Is the new chocolate still so fruity?

How does Organic Grand Cru sound? I like it. We have waited for the first organic harvest from Congo (Cru Virunga) to make the change for all products.

But the most important thing we have changed in our recipe has to do with conching, a truly magic process in the art of making fine chocolate.…


Added by Vera Hofman on August 11, 2011 at 1:11pm — 3 Comments

Dragee packaging with Nitrogen gas.

I want to keep my Dragee packets cool and enhance the shelf life of the Dragees by filling Nitrogen gas into the packets.

Will the Nitrogen Gas spoil the Dragees or enhance the shelflife of Dragees?  My Dragees are Chocolate covered nuts and Chocolate covered cereals.

Any advise?

Thanks in advance.

Raji from India.

Added by Rajarajeshwari Kainthaje on August 9, 2011 at 10:10am — No Comments

My dream came true: a visit to Felchlin!

As you all might know I work as a volunteer for Original Beans. The combination of delicious chocolate and nature conservation makes it the best in my opinion.

Two weeks ago Philipp, founder, called me. A new test production would start Thursday! If I could come to Switzerland? Wow! A dream comes true! I immediately packed my suitcase. The biggest one so I can take a lot of chocolate back home. We are on a mission: how can we get more of the fruity flavors of the bean into our Piura…


Added by Vera Hofman on August 2, 2011 at 1:01pm — 3 Comments

Life Between Cacao Harvests

In Ecuador, cocoa harvesting takes place two times per year. Harvests runs between February and April, and then again begin again between August and October. This dual harvest system means that cocoa plantations are often busy, as are chocolate makers. However, there are still seasons of the year when the cacao farms are between harvests and things are a bit slower. This naturally begs the question of what to do in the off season for chocolate?

One of the things we always recommend to…


Added by Jeff Stern on August 1, 2011 at 1:21pm — No Comments

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