Behmor 1600 Plus Coffee Roaster

Roasting Cocoa Beans with the Behmor 1600 Plus [Review]

The Behmor 1600 Plus is a drum roaster for coffee beans, and it is one of the few coffee roasters that can be easily adapted for cocoa beans. This is mainly due to its relatively large…

10 Essential Reasons Why We Roast Cocoa Beans

An essential part of the artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate-making endeavour is roasting the cocoa beans. For the cocoa farmer, the journey begins with the cultivation of cocoa plants,…

What is Winnowing Chocolate?

Most everyone loves chocolate but know little about winnowing chocolate. Whether you prefer dark, light, bittersweet or unsweetened, this confectionary is a favourite fare for many. In…

What is Grinding and Conching Cocoa Beans

Grinding and conching cocoa beans are two portions of the bean-to-bar artisanal chocolate-making process, a popular trend that has captured the imaginations of entrepreneurs and the…
Cocoa Beans and Fresh Harvested Pod

What Does Bean to Bar Mean?

A growing number of consumers today buy artisanal chocolate, known as "bean to bar chocolate" whenever possible. Experienced chocolatiers consider this label to be an indication…
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN COCOA IS RIPE TO HARVEST?

How Do You Know When Cocoa is Ripe to Harvest?

Let's talk a little bit about harvesting cocoa. A lot of people are interested in the idea of sustainable home food production. Not only is it a lot healthier, but it also tends to…
Temper Chocolate

How to Temper Chocolate for Molds

Like magic, the alchemy of chocolate turns a gooey mass of brown paste into heaven. It’s the height of accomplishment to pop out a perfectly snappy, shiny molded chocolate bar and…
Chocolate Molds

How to Make Chocolate Molds

Have you ever wished you could make your very own chocolate molds? Surprisingly, you can, and it's pretty easy too. With very little equipment and a few basic steps, you can create…
Fermenting Cocoa Beans in Thailand

How Do You Ferment Cocoa Beans?

When you are preparing to bake, do you ever stop to consider how the cocoa you are using got into your pantry? The process of producing cocoa is a multi-step process of careful harvesting,…
Growing Anarchy Chocolate

Growing Cocoa Trees (Theobroma cacao) in Thailand

Growing cocoa trees could be a good way to expand income or save money on chocolate. A good investment for farmers as demand currently outstrips supply, however growing cocoa trees…
Cocoa Beans and Fresh Harvested Pod

2 Methods for Drying Cocoa Beans

Making anything with chocolate is fun and tasty. There is a process to get the cocoa you bake and cook with to your shelves, and it starts in the regions where cacao grows. The pods…
Chocolate Gift Wrapping Ideas

Chocolate Gift Wrapping Ideas

When it comes to chocolate gifts, there is a strong symbolic meaning behind the giving such as a blissful life, love, passion, and caring. It is a simple yet passionate gift that everyone…