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 […]

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 […]

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