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.
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!
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!
Thanks, Clay. I just LOVE chocolate. I'm a newlywed; having reconnected to a high school friend via Facebook, and we both just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE chocolate. I'm looking forward to future posts on your site!
Thanks for making contact. We have been making Raw Chocolate for about 4 years now and it has been a great process to share the love we have with these foods with others and wholefood/organic shops throughout Aotearoa. I joined this site in the hope of getting some help in buying a Santha Stone grinder. I am finding it quite difficult to get information on which size of machine would be appropriate from what we want to do. I will put up a post here.....Kia ora Pixie
Hope you had a good and safe holidays. We are in Houston and will be here for the next month, would like to know if you could help us to meet some chocolatiers from Texas and if possible from other places, I brought some good dark chocolat 70% from the farm as well some dried beans and nibs, I thing it would be a good oportunity to meet some people who could be interested in meeting us and check our cocoa products. Hope to see you soon in BAHIA. My cell here is 713-3207469
Hi Clay. I don't think you have a member from American Samoa. You do have me however from Samoa which is close to American Samoa but which has been an independent state since 1962 and was previously called Western Samoa. Don't worry you're not the first to confuse the two places. I recently ordered a Spectra 20 from Santha in India and they mistakenly shipped it to Pago Pago American Samoa instead of Apia Samoa and caused all sorts of handling problems -Bob Rankin
Hi Clay, would it be o.k to give me an update on how I can put an ad for my website www.chocolatebootcamp.com or in Spanish www.chocolatesaludable.com in your website, We just started distribution for Xocai in Europe including Germany and Spain trough the Netherlands, who do you know that might be interested in the Networking part of it, Well you know that we are going global with Xocai and Everybody knows that it's raw, unprocessed, unadulterated dark chocolate that we have. There is two kinds of people in the World those who will sign up to eat the chocolate and those who will sign up to do the business, who do you know that can fit this profile?
Plesae let me know how I can make this work with your guys website, thanks sincerely Joe
Clay, Wow! Thanks for taking the time to read my site so carefully and I appreciate your feedback. That was my clumsy synopsis of all the info that I have read and have been told by farmers in Ecuador, etc. I find the info out there on the internet, in books and what the farmers say all very overwhelming and often in disagreement. As a result of your comments, I have made some edits to my site, if you are interested in taking a look it can be found at http://mindochocolate.com. Beware that our new site is supposed to be loaded in the very near future so there may be some temporary glitches. I asked our web designer to make the edits on the new site but there is a chance he may not get that done correctly so if the site looks different the changes might not be there.
Yes! Cacao Sampaka in Barcelona. I had just started working with chocolate at Oriol Balaguer and got the bug to find all things chocolate. That bar was amazing and the finish amazed me after every bite.
please check out this member. I have been asked to be a friend within minutes of her joinung and none of her friends has a real picture (like me)... I am not active but just retain my membership. Celeste Hill is her name.