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.   […]

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 […]

The long dark tea-time of the soul

It’s more like cocoa-tea-time but you get the drift I suspect. May I present Alchemist’s series #7 – The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul. TLDTTOTS is replacing Fire and Brimstone #4.  It is a semi-dark, richly chocolate, brewing cocoa.  Very possibly the best yet (at least I like it the best).  I really […]

New Wild Bolivia in is

This is almost, but not quite, an ‘it’s back’ moment.  I have offered a wild Bolivia in the past.  That was from the Alto Beni region.  This time the beans are from the Beniano.  Basically the same local native (heirloom?) stock but a different elevation and soil type.  And still very small and full of […]

Organic Belize 2016

We have a lone bag of 2016 Organic Belize in.  At this point, given how the supplier is handling distribution, I’m not confident we will be seeing any more available any time soon. For those unfamiliar with it, the raw beans have an odor of old school juicy fruit hard candy.  While roasting there is […]

Ask the Alchemist #164

Level:  Apprentice Read time: 7 minutes What is your opinion on the use of cocoa butter?  Can you suggest how much I should add?  I don’t want to add too much or too little. It seems like if you have 4 chocolate makers in a room, you will have 6 opinions on its use.  And […]



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