I received confirmation today that I am getting a shipment of replacement cocoa beans AND a new type at that. I should have limited supply of the Forastero (smoke damaged and non-smoke damaged) and a very nice fully fermented Venezuelan Carenero Criollo Cocoa bean available by the beginning of next week. I will update the order page as soon as it is in and I am sure I am happy with it. The new Criollo will be priced a little higher ($1-2/lb I estimate) than the Forastero but I am told it is a very good bean with a nice fruity/winey flavor. I will of course let you know what I think and give roasting recommendations as I experiment with it.
In addition, I have a very promising lead on some Ocumare Criollo. I expect it to be quite different in flavor from the other Carenero but really cream of the crop. I should hear back about that in a few days. If all goes right, it should be available in 2-3 weeks.
Just as a reminder, please use jnanci at urcmail dot net for orders, questions or just correspondence. I will go ahead and accept orders now and will ship as soon as the beans arrive. The “proper” e-mail address should be back up in another week or so, as soon as the computer is back from the shop.
And finally, I expect the fully integrated shopping cart system to be in place with about a month. It got pushed back a little with the fire. That should make life easier on everyone.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding and happy chocolate making.