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Roasting Seminar and Free Shipping

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Roasting Seminar and Free Shipping

It feels like this year is picking up speed already and it is barely out of January and my list of things I want to share is growing.

Roasting Seminar

Let's start off with the next Profile Roasting Seminar.  It is March 19, 2018 and is an in depth, hands on seminar on profile drum roasting.  You don't have to be professional chocolate maker to attend.  There are 12 available spaces open.  Wouldn't you love to learn on this beauty?

In May I will be attending and offering another Roasting Seminar in Sao Paulo Brazil, May 6 during a Bean to Bar festival.  More information to follow should to want to come down.

Free Shipping

I am trying out a limited free shipping offer.  It is actually the same one I offered back during the holidays and I am trying it out for February.  If it turns out to be relatively hassle free on both sides (yours and mine) then they may stay around.  Here are the details:
 
I know Amazon can do this thing all the time and everyone expects its but as a small business owner I can't.  For me it's kind of a big deal.  Here is what I CAN do.  If you fill any USPS Flat rate package with cocoa beans, cocoa nibs or Brewing cocoa, I'll pick up the shipping in the USA.

That means:

  •     8 lbs into a USPS Medium Flat Rate Box
  •     12 lbs into a USPS Large Flat Rate Box


Here are the codes.  If you click the link in each one you don't even have to remember the code (assuming you know how much you want to order), it will be automatically applied (aren't we getting fancy!) to your cart and checkout if you fulfill the requirements.

    USPS Medium Flat Rate Box 8 lbs. 8lbsfreeshipping or this link
    USPS Large Flat Rate Box 12 lbs. 12lbsfreeshipping or this link.


A few details.

  •     This is for the Retail Store only.
  •     You can use them as many times as you like.
  •     The 2 lb Flat rate envelopes are not included this go around.
  •     I cannot get the Testing and Evaluation beans to work due to technical details of the price coding. Sorry.
  •     In a few select cases you may find you can put less than the amount into your boxes (7 lbs into a Medium box for instance) and the code will work.  Please do me the honor and courtesy of going with the spirit of the offer and filling the box and not gaming the system.  I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
  •     Please don't include anything except cocoa beans, cocoa nibs or brewing cocoa (in any combination) in the order.
  •  A couple new beans should be up later in the week.  Also, the ultra cinnamon spice/fruit cake Direct Trade Nigeria is nearly gone, and I don't expect the next crop to have the same profile, so get it before it is gone.   Just look at that chocolate level!

Other Stuff

Finally, this is a shameless plug for our new turnkey-you-only-need-a-melanger Chocolate Making kits. The feedback has been heartwarming and universally positive one them.  There is time enough if you want to make one a Valentine's Day Gift.
 

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Chocolate Kit of the Month Club

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Chocolate Kit of the Month Club

Have you heard about those new fancy meal services like Blue apron that delivers pre-portioned ingredients right to your door every week or month and you just have to follow the recipe and cook it up for a fresh meal?

Well, this is Chocolate Alchemy's version.  I have put together everything you need (minus the Melanger) to make chocolate on a monthly basis and get your fix of fresh homemade chocolate!

Roasted cocoa nibs, sugar, and other ingredients as needed - all weighed out and ready to go.

And it is Subscription based (that's the club part) so you only need to order once and it shows up until you decide to stop it.

There are lots of details so check them out.  

Chocolate Making kit of the Month Club

In addition, since we brought the software online to offer Subscriptions, you can now get a steady supply ofBrewing cocoa at whatever frequency you desire....with a discount for subscribing.

What do you think?  Is there anything else you want to to show up to your door every week or month?

That goes doubly true for an issues you find.  It's new software after all.

Please let me know.

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Holiday Schedule

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Holiday Schedule

The last day we will be shipping is Friday December 23. And hopefully if you need anything by that Sunday (December 25 – Christmas) you will have ordered well in advance.

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This and that

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This and that

Today is just a small laundry list of announcements, some of which I would like your opinions on. There is no Ask the Alchemist because my queue is empty. 

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Fiji - a new Direct trade origin.

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Fiji - a new Direct trade origin.

Let’s start off with saying this bean ranks in my top 10 favorites ever.  It has virtually everything I love about chocolate rolled into one. Just look how it pegs the chocolate category in the spider graph!  And sweet.  And fruity. And nutty.  The flavors just keep coming and coming.

Yeah, I’m that impressed.

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New arrivals

A very limited supply of Belize from Maya Mountain has arrived. Belize 2016 Organic/Direct Trade:  Smooth, silky chocolate.  The raw beans have an odor of fresh pineapple.  While roasting there is toasted macadamia nuts, warm proofing spelt bread and a lovely savory quality with a touch of tang from fermentation.

The four *new* old favorites from Venezuela are also here. Sur del Lago, Cuyagua, Guaniamo and Canoabo.

                              
                               

Sur del Lago 2016 -   It is a complex, well-rounded cocoa that can make a luscious chocolate bursting with flavor accented by bold red berry fruit, dry cashew, toffee,  malt,  caramel  and most important, chocolate.

Cuyagua 2016 This is what Criollo is all about and what everyone claims to have (but rarely do). It is fruity, delicate, with walnut and plum skin.  The aroma is plum and vanilla, with both coming through in the taste along with a nice back drop of current, vanilla and cream.

Guaniamo 2016 This is a wild harvest Forastero and the most elegant I've ever tasted.  Actually, very atypical for a Forastero.  That's what natural selection can get you.  There is rose and gardenia in the nose.  The flavor is distinctly chocolate with undercurrents of loam and soft leather.   It is rather low in bitterness but has a nice balancing astringency, but not overpowering.  There is distinct acidty, but soft like a malic acid grape nip.  The lasting impression is succulent.

Canoabo 2016.  What it is is a study in balance and elegance. Like a lot of the beans in this region, there is cream and soft red fruits. Red currant comes to mind. There slight tang of mineral molasses for balance. A touch of roasted brazil rounds out the flavor.

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Site under attack

I'm not quite sure why spambots have it in for us currently, but we are being hit hard and barely keeping our head above water.  When we don't keep up, you are going to see the main site lag pretty bad and not load. We are working on it.

This is just so you know we know.

Thanks.

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Video Tuesday

Every Tuesday, for the next few months we are going to be putting out a new video on our youtube channel, How to Make Chocolate at Home.  In a similar manner to my walls of words in text, I ramble a bit, taking this or that side path as it suites what I am attempting to convey. All about cocoa beans is new.

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLYEGb3f5ps[/embed]

I hope you enjoy it.

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