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At 9:35am on April 8, 2011, Francisco Pache said…

Hello Clay,

Do you receive my messages?

I would like to join you in the trip to Dominican Republic.

Please contact me and tell me if the trip is confirmed or if you cancelled it.

I have to buy the tickets TODAY, because I will first travell to Cuba for 3 weeks and then connect to D.R.



At 12:44pm on March 27, 2011, Samuel Conrad Mason said…



Thanks for establishing and moderating this very informative and useful  network and forum for chocolatiers


Re your expressed wish, I'll be happy to help if I can. Who would that member be?



At 12:17pm on March 27, 2011, Jennifer Nielson said…
Thanks for being so diligent about the spammers.
At 4:23pm on March 23, 2011, Joy Gemberling said…
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!
At 9:09pm on February 21, 2011, Evelyn said…
Thanks! I'm looking forward to going even further into the world of chocolate. So glad I found this website!
At 3:12am on February 15, 2011, Pixie said…

Kia ora Clay,

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

At 1:36pm on February 7, 2011, Vera Hofman said…
Hi Clay, The brand Idilio is new I think. But the chocolate is not. It was first sold by the name Beschle Quizas. Niklaus Blumer and Pascal Wirth are the men behind Idilio. See: and and The chocolate is made by Felchlin. Very beautiful chocolate :-)
At 8:44am on January 5, 2011, Lola Gedeon said…

Hi Clay,

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

Thank you,

Lola Gedeon Lucas

Fazenda Venturosa

Bahia Cocoa Bean Co. 


At 4:25pm on October 18, 2010, Robert Frederick Rankin said…
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
At 6:31pm on June 6, 2010, JOE ARREDONDO said…
Hi Clay, would it be o.k to give me an update on how I can put an ad for my website or in Spanish 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
At 4:58am on May 10, 2010, David Knoef said…
Thanks for the contacts Clay, just feeling my way around the chocoblogosphere at the moment, seems theres a lot of passion and knowledge shared on your site.
At 9:37am on May 7, 2010, Barbara Wilson said…
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 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.
At 12:34pm on May 6, 2010, Bobby Schaffer said…
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.
At 6:28pm on May 5, 2010, anna mazzoccoli said…
Hi Clay-

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.
At 6:29pm on February 22, 2010, Margot said…
Great meeting you here at "The Chocolate Experience Mexico", hope to see you again ;)
At 10:02am on January 12, 2010, X said…
I'm so happy you were able to make a trip to Bolivia! I've found it to be a wonderful country with very nice people. I've been here for approximately 2 years but I do make occasional trips back to the U.S.
You have an open invitation to come to Sucre whenever you can. It's a great place to relax, have a few Huari's, visit a chocolate factory to eat some chocolate and do some touristy things.

At 11:42pm on January 6, 2010, Margot said…
Hi Clay! Looking forward to your visit to Mexico!
At 5:51am on January 1, 2010, The'a said…
Happy new year to you Mr. clay, wish all the best towards you in this year, good luck^_^
At 3:43pm on December 31, 2009, Robert Stout said…
Hey Clay,
So using a perforated baffle on the Chocovision machines almost double their capacity? Any reason you can think of not to cut your own holes into the solid baffle?
At 1:40pm on December 26, 2009, Brian D. Hawkins said…
Congratulations on your The New York Times quote.

"Clay Gordon, an industry expert from and author of “Discover Chocolate.” <- Very cool

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