Ask the Alchemist #136

Warning – not chocolate related this week. But important as the holidays come up. I got the error saying it is not a valid tracking number. Please give me the correct tracking number. I ordered Friday. Why didn’t it ship until Wednesday? That’s 5 days!!!! I am so disappointed. I needed it Tuesday. I picked […]

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 […]

Beans from Eden and more

The new crop of 2015 Belize is in.  Organic and Fair trade.  Full of juicy blackberry this time.  At this writing, half is already gone so act fast and stock up if you want it. Although La Red is gone for now, we now have two new  beans from the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic Rizek […]

Ask the Alchemist #125

“Have you tried the EZ Temper and how in the world does it work?  I don’t understand it.” Yes, I’ve have one (Thank you Kerry).  You can go read the Review.   It outlines what I think of it, how it works and the theory behind it. The short of it is it works and […]

Ecuador Micro lots are in

First off, there is no telling how long these will be around.  I have a few hundred pounds of each at the moment.  If one or two in particular go over well, I may try and bring in a bit more.  Regardless, get them while they are here. Ecuador – Cedeno  – The chocolate carries […]

Ask the Alchemist #106

I am a little disappointed in the wild boliva I got. I have thrown away a third of the beans. They are full of webs and moth eaten beans. Can I still make chocolate out of these? I’ve read from some chocolate makers that they are throwing out 30%. I’m assuming you got them from […]

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