Great! We look forward to hosting him. We'll definitely have at least 2 cacao farm & chocolate factory tours and a bean-to-bar chocolate making class in January, with possibly some additional mini classes. Just tell your mate to keep an eye on http://madrechocolate.com/Classes.html and we'll post classes usually 1-2 months ahead.
Tx Tom.....sharing this with fellow chocophiles..."The flavour of the chocolate is pretty good and typical of the Samoan origin, full chocolate note with hints of nuts and honey, you will also find it will start to develope some fruity notes as the chocolate ages over the next three weeks or so. Quite an edible chocolate! The raw note in there and extra bitterness from the small beans could be easily masked by formulating as a dark milk chocolate."
Since then we have fermented longer (6-7 Nights), turned the fermenting beans daily in the latter half of fermentation, sorted the beans before exporting.....peter from dprawfoods.com thought the longer fermentation was disadvantageous? We now have Joshua bahen in WA making chocolate from Tavita;s cocoa beans here in Samoa carefully fermented 4 and 6 and 7 nights (3kg of each). Monsieur Truffe is also making chocolate this week from CSL (Cocoa Samoa Limited) beans again more carefully fermented for a longer duration (5-7 nights) by Talima.
Our growers are used to just making their own Koko Samoa paste, selling it locally in 250g cups for hot chocolate drinks, but are now having to consider obtaining the best chocolate precursors for premium export purposes.
Hi Tom, You were the first to make chocolate from our SAMOA GOLD beans, thanks to Howard (www.mamorchocolates.com). Can you please send me your Testimonial/results to email@example.com as this same grower now has 5 tonne available..we inspected them yesterday after her organic certification follow-up visit....she's asking an additional $AUD5000/tonne through our Pacific Distributor, Richard David at www.kokosamoainternational.com and this is the price increase we want our growers to receive. Then, and only then, will we be able to produce more premium beans to make some of the best chocolate thru chocolatemakers like yourself. If you know of anybody keen to purchase 10 tonnes of PREMIUM SAMOA GOLD cocoa beans, they are now available. First come first served. And let me take this opportunity to thank you Tom..can we send you another sample as we have altered the fermentation technique to improve the quality even more? Cheers, Steve
Sorry it has taken me so long to reply to you. Any tips you have for me would be excellent. I have never made chocolate before. My daughter has a rare condition and can't have dairy so i am on a mission to make dairy-free chocolate. There is more and more in the shops but i love chocolate so thought it would be a fun challenge for me. I have ordered a melanger grinder which should arrive in the next week or two. I am sure i will have to taste a lot of bad chocolate before i get good at it but i will let you know how i go :)
Hi tom,like wise good to see some else in adelaide who likes chocolate. Ah I make a mixture of chocolates like pralines,truffles,clusters etc. I mainly make them as a hobby but have made them for work recently and everyone loved them,which is good to hear. I have a passion for making them and are intrigued by different ways you can use chocolate. cheers marcus!
Hi Tom, great to hear from you! Thank you for the feedback! I am pleased that you are enjoying it as much as I do. I am having so much fun with it all!! I will in the next 6 months be adding a shopping cart to my website so you do not have to take a detour to Bute. :) Alternatively, there are currently retail outlets and more to come in Adelaide.
I am very lucky to have a family community who support me so well. They are all on my marketing bandwagon! No better advertising than word of mouth! Yes Bute is the definition of Australian small country town. Imagine, 22 years ago, a corporate girl selling steel from Cincinnati Ohio visiting a man in Bute that she met and fell in love with in Barbados! Major major culture shock! Once I settled in, I thought, what have I done! But, I found my way and my purpose and niche. Isn't life interesting.
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I am awaiting 15kg from John but will try Tava when I'm finished with those. I would like to try and age some chocolate so I may go through those quite quickly.
My sister is holidaying in Australia - I'll see if she can find some of that icing sugar for me. Thanks
I am very new to this game but I have been in contact with Tava and they said they are not yet up and running in their new premises. I am on their email list to notify when operational again but for now I have been ordering from John at Chocolate Alchemy. I have only made two batches and can't wait to make some more.
Question for you - I read somewhere that you can get icing sugar in Australia with no starch in it - is this true and would it be any good for chocolate?
I'm doing an incredibly small scale commercial operation in Belize called Cotton Tree Chocolate Company which is an off shoot of my jungle lodge called Cotton Tree Lodge. I was following your thread on winnowing but I couldn't see the pictures. Would you mind emailing me some pics? I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!