A little while ago I acquired an antique roaster. It’s in the process of being refinished, but in the meantime is completely functional. As a result, all cocoa beans are now available as Roasted. The odd 35 lb option is because that is the capacity of the roaster. Right now I don’t have an option for roasted nibs as it’s just to cumbersome and creates too many loop holes in the store, but I will do roasted nibs if you take the initiative and ask. Anything 10 lbs and under (total order) I’ll do for free as a courtesy. Over that and it’s $1/lb and I’ll contact you after the order is in to settle up.
Also, I’ve very please to announce there are now Customer Accounts. Chocolate Alchemy is coming into the 20th century. You can look up old orders, the current status of orders, adjust your information, etc. Please be aware though, and I know it can be confusing, there are TWO sets of customer accounts – one for Retail and one for Wholesale. I recommend making your user name and password the same if you use both stores, but be aware, there are completely un-connected.
Right now the customer accounts are in beta mode, meaning there may be glitches here and there. If you find one, please let me know about it. Likewise, if you would like to see a particular feature, let me know and I will pass it along to the developer.
Finally, I’ve spent the last week testing out a new model of Melanger from Spectra (formally Santha, but the Melangers are officially being offered by Spectra) – the Spectra 11. Photos and a review will follow, but briefly, I like it and give it two thumbs up. It’s basically a redesign of the bowl and how it attaches to the motor. Over the last couple years there have been some shaft bearing issues – leaks basically. This new design seems to over come this issue by removing the whole bearing. A semi permanent (it unscrews) shaft now runs directly from the flywheel, through a delrin hub, and and then screws down, covering the shaft, effectively eliminating two weak spots and protects another. And they have put the lid back to riding on top of the top tension nut (the way it was years ago), so you no longer have to worry about condensation. It will be retailing for about $40 more and should be available in a couple weeks.