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All Blog Posts Tagged 'cacao' (13)

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

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

ChocoMuseo soon to be open

Dominican Republic is the main exportator of organic cacao in the world. There is a lot of great cacao produced here but not too many people to prepare a great chocolate out of it.

If everything runs well we will be opening one of our ChocoMuseo in Bávaro, Punta Cana on the 15th of November.

For those who never visited us in one of our other ChocoMuseo in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Perú, we will be teaching people about cacao and its artisanal process to be transformed in…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on October 27, 2012 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments

First postings from our chocolate trip around the world.

Our family has begun a trip around the world in search of cacao and chocolate. We will be travelling with our kids to France, Germany, Italy, Madagascar, Vietnam, Mexico, Ecuador, and many others. We have started blogging about it on a new site called The Chocolate Chronicles (founded by The Chocolate Life's Clay Gordon).

 To find out more about us, try our Backgrounder.

To read the first few…

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Added by Cyrus Shaoul on October 18, 2011 at 8:31am — 2 Comments

The Art of Chocolate. From the Finest Cocoa to Exquisite Chocolate (Published by: Max Felchlin AG, Schwyz, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary)

Chocolate is more than just chocolate - the consumer is often uncritical in its selection and simply eats it without giving it a second thought. This blog(book) communicates knowledge about chocolate in order to in crease the pleasure in its consumption. Chocolate, such as is enjoyed today, is the product of a variety of specialist processes tailored to achieve maximum pleasure. This blog(book) contains a wealth of interesting facts and, after reading it, you will no longer just consume…

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Added by Vercruysse Geert on October 6, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Cacao Nibs and Pathogen Risk

I have had customers asking me for cacao nibs and roasted  and raw cacao beans but have been reluctant to stock these items due to salmonella or other pathogen risk. After seeing cacao beans being fermented and dried in numerous countries I question the safety of these products. Dirt, bugs, drying on asphalt roads etc..I question from all but the most sophisticated winnowing operations to remove the husk. Am I overreacting to the risk ? Does the roasting process kill these pathogens? Is anyone… Continue

Added by Melanie Boudar on September 4, 2011 at 12:07am — 6 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…

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

"Fine or Flavor" Cacao versus Bulk Cacao

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Added by Jeff Stern on July 25, 2011 at 5:20pm — 8 Comments

Ecuador's Super Cacao

One of the interesting programs going on here involves what growers and organizations are calling "super cacao." Turns out that on most if not all cocoa farms, there always happens to be a few trees that have superior yields and greater disease resistance than all the rest.

 

At first, I had no idea what people were talking about-shortly thereafter, I realized that I knew the two North American landowners who were actually pioneering this effort. They began by identifying and…

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Added by Jeff Stern on March 28, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Virtual tour of the cacao and chocolate museum in Cusco, Peru

ChocoMuseo, the cacao and chocolate museum in Cusco, Peru will open soon.

To have an idea of how it will look like, please look here for taking a 3D virtual tour.

 

Next step will be to have a real virtual tour where you can read every sign and learn about cacao and chocolate.

Tomorrow, stone-grinding machines will arrive from the US and we will finally be able to taste…

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Added by ChocoMuseo on February 6, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

cacao farming in hawaii ...

I AM excited to share my photo journal of cacao farming on big island ... http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000300272243#!/album.php?aid=2063356&id=1244869327

~ aloha ~

Added by deedee devi on April 12, 2010 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

Aloha, Hawaiian Chocolate.

Here's a post from my chocolate blog (www.chocolateallthetime.com/blogspot). Comments?



You don't get to see cacao pods in the USA unless you go to Hawaii, and even there they a rare sight. Cacao trees (from whence, of course, chocolate) are cultivated only sporadically around the Hawaiian Islands. But Tony Lydgate of Steel Grass Farm on Kauai hopes to change that. His botanical garden (www.steelgrass.org) specializes in cultivating organic plants that bring value to the islanders and… Continue

Added by Susie Norris on April 28, 2008 at 12:04am — 12 Comments

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