Venezuelan Barinas Cocoa Beans Have Arrived

I am going to keep this very short. After quite the wait, the new stock of fermented and unfermented Venezuelan Barinas Criollo cocoa beans have arrived. I will begin processing the back orders and get them out ASAP. If you have been waiting to order until they were actually in, here they are.

Also, I have been experimenting with the prototype mill from CrankandStein. It works like a charm. It looks like we will be adding a large hopper due to bottlenecking. I had 3 lbs of cocoa beans cracked in a little over a minute even so. With a good strong hair drier set on cool, they winnowed out in only a couple minutes. 3 lbs of cocoa from roaster to nibs in about one half an hour. Sweet!

Finally, we have begun discussing conch/refiner designs with CrankandStein. This could be it folks. The last piece in the Home Chocolatier’s Alchemical Laboratory.

5 Responses to “Venezuelan Barinas Cocoa Beans Have Arrived”

  1. A Question: Can unfermented beans be planted to grow a Cacao tree? I’m looking for some quality seeds.

  2. A Question: Can unfermented beans be planted to grow a Cacao tree? I’m looking for some quality seeds.

  3. Its been awhile since I’ve toured your Chocolate pages. The site is wonderfully done and the graphic design is excellent. My first bunch of cocoa beans didn’t produce bad chocolate, but it didn’t touch what I buy – so I’ll hang in with coffee (which probably needs help too). Glad to see the site growing.

  4. No, we are not quite up to “commercial” chocolate yet. That will take getting the conch/refiner manufactured (which is on the horizon). I have nailed chocolate syrup though, and that adds to coffee in a great way (if you want a mocha that is).

  5. Hi, could you tell me what is chocolate liquer? Does it contain any alcohol? Sometimes I see this on the ingredients list of a chocolate bar, and was curious if this was a kind of alcohol, or maybe alcohol based. Thanks…

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