I’ve read all your posts about profile roasting but I’m still not sure where to start. Can you give me just a basic profile that will work for all beans?
In many of the ORAC scales I've seen, I've noticed that cocoa powder scores roughly 49,000/100g while baking chocolate is ~ 60,000/100g.
Do you think that there is any danger of the metals in the husk of brewing cocoa?
I make a 75% dark chocolate using cocoa nibs, cocoa butter and coconut sugar. It's very nice but I would like to make a lower % chocolate for my customers who prefer a less intense chocolate experience
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This week I want to review and put in one place how time relates to chocolate making. What you are going to see again is that there is a range, and there is no cut and dry X length of time it takes to make chocolate from the bean.
How long does it take to make semi-sweet chocolate and what is the recipe?
What do you think of beans from Cameroon?
It is getting more and more of a rare day that I can offer a new origin. Today I get to.
I have recently had the chance to experiment with a very powerful 10 tray combo/convection oven. I was really excited about all the features but the results I have got so far have been disastrous! So I would be really grateful for your thoughts on resolving this mystery.
How do you define quality chocolate?
I have been roasting the Belize Maya Mountain beans in 2lb batches in my home oven. So far I have tried two different profiles:
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Could you maybe enlighten me a bit about the function of the lid on the melanger?
It is about aging or blocking the chocolate right after the melanger/conching.
I have always blocked them untempered for about 2 weeks before melting them for use. But I heard some professional chefs said they age them in tempered form.
I have a friend whose Mom needs medical MJ for an illness and she loves my chocolate.
I think I'm confused by something and I'm not sure what to think.
I just heard about "Ruby Chocolate" from Callebuat. Do you know what kind of bean this is and have any info about it? Would like your 2¢
Sometimes you leave out drying time and sometimes you don’t. In the case of your patanemo recommendation, is 10/3/4 drying/development/finishing
I have been playing with trying to control my roasts with the Gourmia and was having a lot of trouble getting the temps to hit about 212 at 10 minutes, and then tamping down the temperature for the development phase.