Ask the Alchemist #160

Level: Apprentice Read time: 4 minutes After winnowing I was told to remove all excess of twigs from the nibs (which is the root of each bean- see picture attached) otherwise my chocolate would be bitter! The task is huge!!! We can only remove 2 pounds per hour per person so for me it is […]

Direct Trade Vietnam is in

Today is all about Direct Trade.  It’s been six months coming, but 3 new beans are finally here from Vietnam.  And all of them are big, bold, intensely flavored beans.  Just look how round the displays on all the spider charts are.  They are just big everywhere. Ben Tre – The flavor is big and […]

Ask the Alchemist #157

How do I make cold brewed cocoa? Only as of late have I experimented with this. First off you can use any of the Brewing cocoas. Combine a couple heaping tablespoons in a pint of cold water, give it a shake and let it set for a day, then strain it off.  It could hardly […]

Two new cocoa beans from Ecuador

Ecuador 2015 Puerto Quito Organic Ecuador 2015 Pequino Organic Both are brand new beans that I’ve not had in before.  Lush chocolate and nutty flavors.  And very clean.  Check them out.

Ask the Alchemist #155

What would you say is the most sought after type of bean right now between Criollo and Trinitario? Also, where would be the best country to source these beans from? This is sort of a trick question.  I am pretty sure it was not meant that way, but it is one nonetheless.  It makes too […]

Three brand new products

First and foremost, I want to present the NutraChef ‘cocoa press’ oil expeller.  You can now make your own cocoa butter at home at the press of a button.  I tasted the most amazing milk chocolate made with some fresh pressed Madagascar cocoa.  The caramel notes were amazing and fully due to the single origin […]

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