New Products on the way

No Ask the Alchemist today.  The queue is empty. Mind you, I thought I was setting a new record this week for submissions, but somehow things have become confused.  All the messages were general questions to me.  Do you ship here?  Can you ship this out today?  Do you sell tempering machines?  Where can I […]

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 #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 […]

New cocoa beans

We are kicking the new year off with three new beans. First, the brand new one, and maybe my favorite of the bunch (since I just finished writing up the review, it is of course the last chocolate I ate, so of course it is my favorite). Peru FT/Org Norandino 2015/16 – There is orange […]

Two new offerings

Two new bean offerings. Tanzania – Direct Trade Kokoa Kamili Cooperative.  There is a clean earthiness and up front chocolate aroma.  There are deep base fruits, dried prune and damson plum in the nose. The chocolate has dark flavors of brown sugar, toffee,  coffee  and a fully balanced citrus (lemon?) acidity The next is #2 […]

Northwest Chocolate Festival and two new beans

We will be closed and away starting Wednesday 9/30/15 – Sunday 10/4/15 at the Northwest Chocolate Festival.  Please let me know if you will be there.  I’d love to meet up!  If in doubt, look for the kilt and vest – I should not be hard to find. No orders will be processed during that […]

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