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TheChocolateLife celebrates its 9th anniversary this week, starting publication the week of January 18th, 2008.

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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James Hull

Help needed for a pest issue -...

Posted On:  Saturday January 21 2017, 6:49 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Andy Koller

Hi everyone, not sure how common this is as i cant find much information about it. Basically i got a small sample of cocoa beans from venezuela, didn't get…
mariano garcia

what use it is given to the shell of...

Posted On:  Friday January 20 2017, 3:39 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Sebastian

I roasted cocoa beans and many have already separated from the seed husk. that I can do with it?
timwilde

DIY Chocolate Molds - Revisited Topic I...

Posted On:  Friday January 20 2017, 1:26 PM
Posted In: Geek Gear - Cool Tools
Last Updated By: @timwilde

Hello everyone!  I'm sure this has been discussed but cant find anything recent. But I'm looking for a cost effective way to get a custom mold done and as I've…
Enliveninternational

Socially-aware, Nicaraguan Cacao!

Posted On:  Thursday January 19 2017, 2:09 PM
Posted In: The Cocoa Exchange
Last Updated By: @Enliveninternational

We are a non-profit that proudly works with cacao farmers in rural Nicaragua. The quality that they produce is absolutely astounding, and delicious!  We would…
RegardsSent

If given the option between a 3 phase...

Posted On:  Thursday January 19 2017, 1:22 PM
Posted In: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques
Last Updated By: @Clay Gordon

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Andy Koller
 
@andy-k • 8 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help needed for a pest issue - 'warehouse moth'"
"Sebastian - is it important for the dried but raw cacao beans to have airflow? If yes, why? Because of the moisture content of about 7%?Thanks for..."
Sebastian
 
@sebastian • 19 hours ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help needed for a pest issue - 'warehouse moth'"
"carl - i suspect that the bottom of the pallet is open, allowing airflow?  IE the bottom of the pallet has not been shrinkwrapped, so the unit as a..."
Andy Koller
 
@andy-k • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help needed for a pest issue - 'warehouse moth'"
"Thanks for the input Carl. From their website, they look as they work with quite advanced equipment. Actually the idea with vacuuming to persevere..."
Carl Matice
 
@carl-matice • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Help needed for a pest issue - 'warehouse moth'"
"Villa Andina from Peru ships their cocoa beans in a shrink wrapped bag and I have never had problems of molding or moths from them. They put 3..."
Sebastian
 
@sebastian • yesterday • comments: 0
Posted a response to "what use it is given to the shell of the cocoa beans"
"that doesn't look at all like a central or south american metals profile to me. i'd never advise you to do something consumable with the shell...."
timwilde
 
@timwilde • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DIY Chocolate Molds - Revisited Topic I think"
"Vacuum would be more expensive than simply printing the mold.  Which has been confirmed is possible and allowed :D"
KevlarCoated
 
@kevlarcoated • 2 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "DIY Chocolate Molds - Revisited Topic I think"
"Have you considered vacuuming forming the mold? You could 3D print the positive then vacuum form polycarbonate over it. If you have access to a..."

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The Slow Melt Podcast

The Slow Melt Podcast


01/27/17 12:00:00PM
Chocoa 2017

Chocoa 2017


02/22/17 10:00:00AM
13th Annual Oregon Chocolate Festival

13th Annual Oregon Chocolate...


03/03/17 11:00:00AM

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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 : 1
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/…
USDA Cacao Germoplasm Collection in Puerto Rico

USDA Cacao Germoplasm Collection in...

Updated On:  Monday February 8 2016, 4:13 PM
Posted In: cacao travels
Posted By: @Eric G
Comments : 1
In April 2015, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit with Dr. Brian Irish, curator of the cacao collection for the USDA Tropical Agricultural Research Station…

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