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December 2009 Blog Posts (8)

where to buy beans?????

Hello fellow chocolate heads... I'm looking for some cacao beans. Just small quantities (500g-1kg) of beans to buy - fermented and unfermented, all unshelled ('unpeeled'), to experiment with for making old-school drinking chocolate. And ideally all from Central America, eg Tabasco, Guatemala - because I'm trying to replicate pre-Colombian cacao-based drinks. I'm writing a book on it, and I'm doing a little talk in February at which I'd like to supply audience members with samples of said… Continue

Added by Marcos Patchett on December 31, 2009 at 4:40pm — 5 Comments


Processing cacao beans with raw integrity was the single most difficult project we have undertaken at Big Tree Farms to date. It was a complete reinvention of the wheel because simply put, there were (and are) no technologies available which can process cacao beans under commonly accepted Raw temperature standards. There was nothing to go on, no point from which to start, so it was trial and error over a period of four years and the building (and scrapping) of many locally-engineered… Continue

Added by Ben Ripple on December 29, 2009 at 9:30pm — 32 Comments

Hello Everybody!!!


My name is Orson V. Galvão. I live in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil and as a member of APCFE - Associação dos Profissionais do Cacau Fino Especial (that means: Professional Association of the Special and Fine Cocoa), I make my own chocolat, from 100% to 60% of liquor. By now I am just a melter, using a mix of pure fine cocoa liquor and bitter industrial chocolat. This last one is from where I "kidnap" sugar, and since it has 35 percent of cocoa mass it´s easy, with some math, to know how… Continue

Added by Orson V. Galvão on December 23, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

recipe request

does anyone have a recipe for red wine truffles

Added by Roisin Walb on December 21, 2009 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Mystery, Myth, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits

This blog post is for three purposes:

(1) We request your help. What questions do you have around this issue? What would you like our panel of experts to respond to? Please post them here.

(2) We wish to let you know about an upcoming educational program sponsored by The Fine Chocolate Industry Association ( on January 16, 2010 in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko.

(3) This program is one of a few… Continue

Added by MJ Stojak on December 17, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

If you are looking for a special present this Christmas, we have a delicatessen selection of the best chocolates of the world

Added by chocolatetin on December 9, 2009 at 5:53am — 2 Comments

A New Chocolate Book on the Block

Take a look at this newsletter. I want to add that I interviewed Clay and he dished out some awesome answers for me to sprinkle in my new health book The Healing Powers of Chocolate. Thank you so much Clay. Much appreciated!

Added by Cal Orey on December 5, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Chocolate perfume

That's it; i could not longer resists and order 3 samples of perfume (enough for 2 applications each) at $20(!) for the 3 from Mandy After. I am too curious about the cocoa perfume she has. i've heard great things about her but never tried any of her products and my meager income will not stretch to actually buy the products. So samples it will be. Has anyone of you ever worked on a chocolate fine perfume? We have a couple of times with a perfume house and always ended up with something too… Continue

Added by Artisan on December 5, 2009 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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