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I am heading to Amsterdam on Feb. 21 for Chocoa and I wrote a prologue blog post. I am flying back through Reyjkavik and have scheduled a visit and tour of Omnom while I am there.

TheChocolateLife celebrated its 9th anniversary in January. To celebrate the 10th Anniversary, I will be leading a tour to Bolivia to visit Hacienda Tranquilidad and the Alto Beni to learn more about the cacaos silvestre - the wild cacaos - of the Beniano. Please contact me via Private Note if you want to receive more information as trip planning unfolds.

Want to know what I have been up to for the past couple of months? Read about my project down in Mexico. Gallery of pod photos.

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If you are having issues using the site (adding or editing content), I have started to add some Tutorials in the FAQ section of my page. Scroll down to the TUTORIAL section and click to open and read about Posting in Forums, adding Blogs, Events, and other content not in Forums, and Changing and Updating Personal Information, Including Passwords.

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Kristofer Kalas

Kitchen Aid Panning Attachment For Sale

Posted On:  Thursday March 23 2017, 7:50 PM
Posted In: Classifieds
Last Updated By: @Kristofer Kalas

$650 new, asking $400 + shipping. Stainless steel, includes stand. Located in New York. 
adamscottkrantz

Has anyone ever built a DIY ball mill?

Posted On:  Thursday March 23 2017, 7:04 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Lyndon

Hello everyone –  Just curious if anyone has experience building/using a DIY/home-made ball mill, along the lines of  this (links to YouTube video).…
Nick Shearn

Molding a bar with inclusions

Posted On:  Thursday March 23 2017, 12:55 AM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @thechocolateyogi

Hi All, I want to use some new bar molds I've bought to include caramelised nuts and other inclusions and I want to have a professional appearance with the nuts…
Kate Mulderig Mason

For Sale-Hilliard Cooling Cabinet-Lake...

Posted On:  Tuesday March 21 2017, 3:00 PM
Posted In: Classifieds
Last Updated By: @Kate Mulderig Mason

Hilliard's Cooling Cabinet, 2008 for sale. I bought this in 2012 from a small chocolate shop owner who bought it new in 2008. Excellent condition.  $2,200.00…
VoodooJai

Dry Well Bain-Marie

Posted On:  Tuesday March 21 2017, 2:56 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @mitch

Hi all is it possible to use an ordinary commercial " Dry Well Bain-Marie" for melting and holding chocolate to temperature. If NOT why not? Many thanks…

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The Chocolate Club HK
 
@thechocolateclubhk • 4 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on @thechocolateclubhk:
"Hi Ron,  Here is my Skype name: katiekayanchan. I look forward to your reply.  Cheers, Katie"
Lyndon
 
@lyndon • 15 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Has anyone ever built a DIY ball mill?"
"Another followup question, I'm guessing you can't conch like a melanger in a ball mill because it refines too quickly?I've not got round to..."
thechocolateyogi
 
@thechocolateyogi • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Molding a bar with inclusions"
"Hi Humboldt-chocolate, No we haven't tried flooding and scraping because we purchased the moulding line that works with the dosing head, not with..."
Humboldt Chocolate
 
@humboldt-chocolate • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Molding a bar with inclusions"
"I too have purchased the Unica...But have not tried to use it with inclusions yet. Have you tried to flood and scrape without the dosing head? I..."
GretaHass
 
@gretahass • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Chocolate"
"Research points to flavanols – substances that help lower blood pressure and improve vascular function,  improve cognitive function , and even..."
GretaHass
 
@gretahass • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Handmade Scottish Chocolate"
"Known as The Highland Chocolatier, Iain Burnett is an award winning chocolatier based in the heart of the Scottish mountains, His lovingly handmade..."
Kate Mulderig Mason
 

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The Chocolate Swap is the place for ChocolateLife members...
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Are you looking to start a chocolate business? Want to...
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DC Chocolate Festival

DC Chocolate Festival


04/29/17 11:00:00AM
Global Chocolate Summit

Global Chocolate Summit


05/04/17 09:00:00AM
Dallas Chocolate Festival

Dallas Chocolate Festival


09/08/17 07:00:00PM
The Big Chocolate Show

The Big Chocolate Show


10/06/17 11:00:00AM

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Is Vietnam the new 'cool' origin chocolate?

Is Vietnam the new 'cool' origin...

Updated On:  Tuesday January 31 2017, 3:34 AM
Posted In: 
Posted By: @Lisabeth Flanagan
Comments : 1
Since Marou started making waves among chocolate lovers worldwide, there are telltale signs that Vietnamese cacao is becoming the trendy thing to do in bean-to-bar…
Our First Batch!!!!

Our First Batch!!!!

Updated On:  Wednesday January 18 2017, 12:49 PM
Posted In: First Coco Batch
Posted By: @Coco Queens
Comments : 3
We are a group of high school girls from Aurora Colorado. We are making our first batch of chocolate. 1.What do you guys do to make the batch what you would…
Project Grijalva - 2016 Report

Project Grijalva - 2016 Report

Updated On:  Sunday December 11 2016, 11:52 AM
Posted In: CacaoMEX
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 1
Back in April, I wrote a blog post about a project in Mexico I started working on: Cacao Grijalva. I won't go into much background here - that's covered in…
Why is chocolate box said to be the perfect gift for any occasion

Why is chocolate box said to be the...

Updated On:  Friday September 30 2016, 5:40 PM
Posted In: Chocolatier
Posted By: @ChocolakWorld
Comments : 1
Chocolate is something which is loved by one and all across the globe, regardless of any national or international boundaries and it is difficult to resist…
The University of British Columbia needs 50 cacao beans!

The University of British Columbia...

Updated On:  Monday September 19 2016, 5:44 PM
Posted In: research on Cacao
Posted By: @Pierre Gruget
Comments : 9
The University of British Columbia needs 50 beans from as many origins as possible. Please send some.   Dr Lu, from the University of British Columbia,…
Our class process

Our class process

Updated On:  Friday September 16 2016, 10:25 AM
Posted In: chocolate making
Posted By: @Psydynasty
Comments : 3
A few days ago we roasted our cacao beans at about 270 degrees and let them sit out we weighed and measured all the beans. We have gotten to the stage of cracking…
Frontiers of Science in Cacao Symposium

Frontiers of Science in Cacao Symposium

Updated On:  Sunday June 5 2016, 5:44 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 1
The 30th anniversary of the cacao lab at Penn State’s College of Agriculture was honored during last week’s Frontiers in Science and Technology for Cacao Quality,…
Living La Vida Cocoa in Mexico

Living La Vida Cocoa in Mexico

Updated On:  Friday April 22 2016, 4:57 PM
Posted In: My Chocolate Life
Posted By: @Clay Gordon
Comments : 6
Mexico occupies a special place in both the genetic and socio–cultural histories of chocolate . Despite that importance, very little is known about Mexican…
Paul Johnson

Cacao Restoration in Puert Viejo, Limon...

Updated On:  Wednesday March 9 2016, 3:42 PM
Posted In: 
Posted By: @Paul Johnson
Comments : 2
The cacao forest that surrounds our chocolate factory is much like many other forests around here. It was planted about 120 years ago as part of a big push to…
Landen Zernickow

Premier Wonder Grinder

Updated On:  Thursday February 11 2016, 3:36 PM
Posted In: 
Posted By: @Landen Zernickow
Comments : 2
A new post is up about our new melanger and our biggest batch yet! Check it out at the address below: http://rootchocolate.com/2014/08/25/premier_wonder_grinder/…

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