Posts Tagged ‘cacao’

Cocoa Butter Leaks

cocoa butter tray marks

Why are all the trays dirty right before using. I need to wipe them hard with damp towel every time. I am sure, I have never used it on any other purpose except roasting dried and fermented cacao beans. Stacking and storing them dry right after every operation. Still, they are dirty before every roasting. […]

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Cacao Bean Embryo Removal

I have been doing my best to make my product the best as possible. However, my best always seems not enough. Through reading, I am always finding a better technique to experiment on. A possible way to improve it further. Recently, I read a post in chocolatealchemy.com. A man asking about removing the bean radicle […]

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Try: Skip Bean Roasting

cocoa-bean-rejects

For the reason so many beans are wasted. Many of them actually have good nibs (broken, halves, shells off). However, they are likely to get burnt when roasted together with selected batches. I am throwing them all away with little hesitation. For the reason, there are small chocolate makers who are successful in winnowing raw […]

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Cocoa-Like Stone …

cacao-bean-reject-and-a-stone

If I focus myself enough and not take it too fast, I can easily spot stones while sorting out cacao defects. I know I need to. First, I never want to feed myself and my customers with ground stones. Second, it may affect flavor. Render the product inedible in extreme cases. Third, it damages equipment. […]

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Winnowing Before Roasting

I have been thinking for long now. The possibility of winnowing cocoa beans before roasting. It has several strengths and weaknesses. I can still use cracked, shelled and partially shelled beans. They are considered defective as they tend to burn during roast. If cracked and winnowed while unroasted, all will be of equal footing. Whenever […]

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