Ask the Alchemist #107

Have you found a good sugar grinder that lasts? Numerous times, when my grinder breaks, I just put the coarse sugar into the melanger. And at first I noticed the chocolate seemed to get smoother, quicker than when I ground the sugar first. I thought it was a fluke. But it just happened again last […]

Ask the Alchemist #96

How can you recommend lecithin? It is toxic from being a refinery waste and full of chemicals. Well, when you put it like that, it sounds like pretty awful stuff. Unfortunately it’s also written (maybe not on purpose) to sound very much worse than it is and inflammatory to boot. Let’s get the first part […]

Equipment updates

Sylph winnower – We have been having an issue finding certain parts, but have a small production run started. They should be available at the beginning of December. Behmor 1600+ – These are now in stock but going very fast. Premier Grinder – I am no longer offering these units.  But it has nothing at […]

Ask the Alchemist #70

I’m so glad you have the Premier Grinder now. But I now don’t know which one to pick. Which is your favorite? One day in, and I’ve already had this question multiple times. Fair enough. Neither. It’s kind of like asking which of your children you love more. Or for those of you without children, […]

New Products and a new Origin

First there is a new origin.  Organic Uganda.  Dry tannins offset by a good backbone of chocolate. I also have an old favorite back.  The smaller size Escali Scale. Plus there is a new IR Thermometer.  I’ve absolutely fallen in love with this for roasting, grinding and tempering. And finally, for the newest, most exciting […]

Cocoa pods

Just a reminder that this is the last day for ordering Cocoa pods.  Then it will be another month or so.  No fooling 🙂 And as I keep forgetting to mention, I’ve had really good luck drying the whole pods.  I accidentally let a couple in my refrigerator, wrapped in the paper they come in, […]



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