Ask the Alchemist #152

I have an Italian espresso maker with individual control of brew temp and pressure and I would like to start making “mocha” shots, 50/50 coffee/cocao. Any suggestions on a particular bean, grind, proportion, or technique to get started. I am an totally coffee geek.  I have my own lever espresso machine.  I just finished a […]

Ask the Alchemist #151

I have learned (the hard way) that not all cocoa butters are created equal. In fact, there seems to be a huge variation in quality, with some CBs having a very metallic taste. What is the reason for this variation in quality and what causes the metallic taste? Bad storage? Is there any substantive difference […]

Ask the Alchemist #150

A lot of bean-to-bar craft chocolates only two three ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, and sometimes cocoa butter. Industrial chocolate, on the other hand, often contains cocoa butter, but also vanilla, and soy lecithin. Could you briefly explain the role of these ingredients? How do they impact the taste and/or texture of the chocolate? I was asked […]

Ask the Alchemist #149

I heard you are getting some porcelano in. How do I roast it? I know it should be very light because it is puree Criollo, but I’m lost after that. I don’t want to ruin it. First the bomb. Yes, I have some Porcelano in that will be available next week. Next, if you roast […]

Ask the Alchemist #148

What recipe should I use? This is a follow up from all the possible combinations and permutations that are possible when making a batch of chocolate. Clearly you can’t make all 7 billion combinations. You can’t even make 70 really. But what you can do is go about it systematically and zero in pretty quickly […]

Ask the Alchemist #147

I am planning to open a chocolate making business. I’m trying to come up with the perfect chocolate that stands out from the crowd. What recipe should I use? I can’t tell you. I’m going to tackle this one with math. And I’m going to try to walk a line between utterly absurd and merely […]

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