Ask the Alchemist #74

I am trying to minimize the chances of moldy nibs. Basically, if it’s cracked or germinated I toss it. I tossed 21% of them as they were very cracked. What IS a good way to sort beans? I don’t sort beans. I have over heard quite a bit about people sorting beans, under the assumption, […]

Ask the Alchemist #73

What do you think about the Cocoatown Roaster? Why don’t you sell them? Well, I make it a point to answer questions truthfully. That can be tricky to do with tact when there isn’t much good to say. But I will try. I have some very definitive opinions about roasting and what makes a good […]

Major restructuring of the stores

The Retail and Wholesale stores have been rather significantly restructured.  And it is more than just a cosmetic facelift. In both cases the goal was a better shopping experience and the ability to better find information. In addition, for the Retail store, I have added a major new class of items that at first glance […]

Ask the Alchemist #72

This video shows that I can use a spice grinder but you say it won’t work. I don’t understand. How did this guy do it with a spice grinder, then? What I could really use, though, is a more complete shopping list. Besides the melanger, what is the complete set of equipment I should […]

Ask the Alchemist #71

My cocoa butter arrived melted. Is it ruined? Can you ship cocoa beans in the summer? I’m worried they will melt. Will you ship my order on ice packs so it won’t melt? With the summer months approaching and some days starting to heat up around the country, addressing these various concerns seems like perfect […]

Ask the Alchemist #70

I’m so glad you have the Premier Grinder now. But I now don’t know which one to pick. Which is your favorite? One day in, and I’ve already had this question multiple times. Fair enough. Neither. It’s kind of like asking which of your children you love more. Or for those of you without children, […]



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