The Kleego (pronounced like glee' go) is FBM's newest machine and their first machine designed specifically for craft bean-to-bar chocolate makers that serves several vital functions: Kleego significantly speeds up conching times, gives the craft chocolate maker significant control over flavor development during, and is also a melter for general-purpose use and for extending the capacity of any tempering machine.
Built on top of a K-Series 50kg melter with integrated pump, Kleego adds a digital control panel and a conche head assembly that turns the Kleego into a 35kg conche.
The conche head includes counter-rotating stirrers (creates shear for texture development), a forced hot air system, and a ceramic heating element in addition to the bowl heater for flavor development. The digital control panel gives operators precise, repeatable, control over many parameters of the conching process.
Our experience shows that conching times can be as short as 3.5-5 hours, depending on the results the chocolate maker is looking to achieve.
Kleego is the evolution of an accessory for an FBM tempering machine built for a chocolate maker in Genoa. When I saw this accessory in Milan when I was there in October 2012 I inspired FBM to develop the concept as an accessory to the 50kg melter in their new K-Series line. I've been working with them since October making sure that the Kleego meets the needs of small-batch craft chocolate makers.