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At 10:49am on November 11, 2013, david castellan said…

Thanks Clay

It points to a whole other way of infusing flavors. The nibs were very moist with the lees/wine sediment before processing and had an incredible aroma. 

Will be experimenting with other origins too.


At 11:33pm on August 21, 2013, Deborah said…

Thanks for the input Clay. I like the solar panel idea and will experiment. We are on stand alone solar at home and have a few smaller panels I can play with plus a 12v portable fridge.

I'll let you know how it goes



At 5:41pm on May 9, 2013, Julie Ehrentraut said…

I am interested in finding out prices on 2 of FBM's machines - the Aura and the Chocolab.  Do you have current pricing on these yet?

At 11:25am on December 20, 2012, Maya Townsend said…

Ditto! Good to see you at the tasting also. Thanks for the Domori & Pacari recommendations.

At 12:15pm on August 28, 2012, Judy and Jon Q said…

Yeah!  His name is Pancho- he lives in La Carrera, Usulutan, El Salvador's largest cacao plantation (but in greeeat need of care because its care went way down after the agrarian reform).

At 7:48pm on June 25, 2012, Paula Keller said…
Hi clay,

I am looking to start up a chocolate business in Grenada (we grow criollo) and would love to use your consultancy service. Please contact me at Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Paula
At 9:28pm on April 24, 2012, Mimi Wheeler said…

Hi Clay

I am starting the process of selling my small, award winning and fast growing chocolate business. Is there a way to broadcast this fact in an appropriate way to members of this wonderful website? Mimi

At 8:54pm on February 22, 2012, Wendy Buckner said…

Hi Clay!  Hope things have been going well for you!  Been away from here for a while!  Just a friendly hello!  ~Wendy

At 8:08pm on January 24, 2012, Lisi Montoya said…

Thank you so much Clay, it was very nice to meet you. Hope to see you soon in Perú!

At 4:30pm on December 20, 2011, marie rich said…

Hi Clay,

What chocolate plantation trips are in the near 2012 future ?

Thank you., Hope you are doing great ! Paula R. from Spokane , WA

At 4:06pm on October 13, 2011, Jennifer J. Wood said…
Hello Clay, All the New Orleans places and yummy foods are still just as good if not better than ever. How can a girl from a place like NOLA not love chocolate :)
At 11:48am on October 13, 2011, Carla Martin said…
Hi Clay, Sounds good. ~Carla
At 11:10am on October 13, 2011, Carla Martin said…

Hi Clay,

Thanks for your note. My dissertation focuses on the politics of language and music in Cape Verde and the Cape Verdean Diaspora. My research on chocolate is part of a newer project on the politics of food, though it involves many of the same issues. I'd be interested to learn more about what you might have in mind for The Chocolate Chronicles. I'd also very much like to interview you for my blog at some point, if you have the interest and availability.

Take care,


At 4:27pm on August 6, 2011, Jessie Dardar said…

Thank you Clay,

looking forward to networking with people who have the same passion.


At 1:35pm on July 8, 2011, Sirius Chocolate said…

Hi Clay,

I tried adding content to the Discover Chocolate Wiki, and could not get it to work. Ive developed several websites from the ground up, & consider myself at least a little bit internet savvy, but simply cannot figure out how to make it work. Is it not yet functional? Perhaps the instructions for how to add your company could be a little clearer...


Keep up the good work!


At 9:51pm on June 20, 2011, Sarah said…


If you make it to SF please let me know. It would be great to meet up. What type of event would you be doing? I came across your "Discover Chocolate" book and just ordered it, looking forward to the read. I am on a mission to learn everything I can about chocolate! After this trip to Ecuador I have been so inspired by chocolate and the people who grow and care about it. To tell you the truth, I got back and immediately went online to create a blog/twitter in hopes to find others who have been inspired by chocolate. Your website was exactly what I was looking for! The possibilities to create meaningful human connections, social awareness and adventures through chocolate has refreshed my outlook on life. Thank you for your work in pioneering an education/community around chocolate--it is just like wine culture! It looks like I will be attending the Fancy Foods Show in DC this July. If you will be attending we could also get a chance to meet there.

At 5:02pm on June 19, 2011, Sarah said…

Hey Clay, 

Thank you! I am excited to be a part of The Chocolate Life, what a great site. I will be updating my blog soon to include the details from my Ecuador trip. I spent time in Quito, Banos, Puyo, did a stint with the Sarayacu community and then made it out to some gorgeous cacao farms in the Esmeraldas region. Looking forward to discussing more about chocolate! 

At 10:14pm on June 12, 2011, Tania Carey said…

Hi Clay,

thank you for the welcome.

Sounds like you probably came thru Takaka while in NZ. It is a great place, warm and sunny. We grow a lot of fruit here including avocado, tamarillo, sapote, paw paw...most sub tropical fruits and nuts.

I have an organic store here and we have just started making our own chocolates, fun!

At 6:48pm on May 22, 2011, brian horsley said…

thank you clay glad to be back


At 2:05pm on May 19, 2011, Sirius Chocolate said…

Hey Clay, do you think you can help me out?

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