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Topic: Semi OT: Cocoa / Chocolate (12 msgs / 190 lines)
1) From: Aaron
Ok, we know there is coffee that can be bought in stores.  ie folgers, 
maxwell house etc.
Then we know there are those who like to pretend their coffee is the 
'ultimate' thing, ie starbucks, beanstreet etc etc...
However we all know the truth and know what real coffee is all 
about....  Homeroasting....
How does this apply to chocolate / cocoa.?
If one wants a really good cup of hot cocoa / hot chocolate, is nestle 
or swiss piss really all there is or can one get something far superior 
like with homeroast coffee?
If so, any information will be appreciated.

2) From: Derek Bradford
You've never spoken with Alchemist John, have you...  :)
He's a dangerous man.
On 8/6/06, Aaron  wrote:
The Uglyroast 3! Coffee Roaster.  ...Now 85% less ugly!http://uglyroast.atspace.com

3) From: miKe mcKoffee
Ah come on don't tease, give him the slippery link!
http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

4) From: Michael Dhabolt
or swiss piss really all there is or can one get something far superior<
I see that miKe already supplied the link that leads to the answer.
Mike (just plain)

5) From: Tara Kollas
Oh, yeah - I keep telling myself I don't need another obsession.  I don't
even like chocolate that much.  And I keep thinking I should try roasting
On 8/5/06, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:

6) From: Les
Oh it is a slippery slope!  Alchemist and I usually see each week and
I get a chocolate update.  Often I am the luck guinea pig!  If you
have a drum roaster, you are on a greased slippery slope!
Enjoying great coffee and chocolate!
O 8/5/06, Tara Kollas  wrote:

7) From: Michael Wascher
The first time I opened Alchemist John's web site Jean glanced at the images
and asked "What IS that MESS??!".
She doesn't think that homeroasting coffee is so bad after all. She asked
that I never try making chocolate.
But, I do love chocolate! And, I never did promise ...
On 8/5/06, Tara Kollas  wrote:
"There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we
don't know." --  Ambrose Bierce

8) From: Aaron
Thanks for the input folks.  OMG, and I thought roasting coffee could 
get expensive.
Im gonna die of a clogged heart if I start roasting chocolate, but hey, 
ya gotta go sometime.
My I roast is starting to show signs of misbehavior or perhaps old age, 
so Ive been twiddling the idea of a hot top now for a little bit.
If I can do chocolate in it too, well I think my mind has  just been 
made up.
Now to try to save the $500 for the hot top then the probably other $500 
for the other equipment I am going to need for the chocolate side of it.

9) From: Ken Mary
Actually, cocoa is good for you as it contains a lot of antioxidants.
I thought you had built a toaster oven roaster. That should be fine for
roasting cocoa. How has it worked for your coffee?
I have been toaster oven drum roasting for almost two years. If you have any
questions, just ask.

10) From: Aaron
Umm duh you are right Ken,  I do have the roaster, just never thought of 
doing cocoa in it, ill just have to turn the temp down is all.... 
Everything is so new that I am absorbing that the obvious slipped right 
past me :x
Right now im still trying to digest all the information and make sure I 
understand the process here. Looks like a lot of work but I can see it 
definately being worth it.
How much bigger is a cocoa bean than a coffee bean?

11) From: Alchemist John
The process is not all that bad.  Really just a few steps. :-)
The smallest cocoa beans are about the size of your thumb nail, and 
they can get twice that size.  Normal count is around 90-110 beans per 100 g.
And I have not even announced it on my own site yet, but I am 
experimenting with an inexpensive piece of equipment that let me turn 
the roasted cocoa into hot chocolate quickly and with a minimum of 
mess.  First time in 4 years I have got something like that work....
At 07:14 8/6/2006, you wrote:
John Nanci
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

12) From: Justin Marquez
On 8/6/06, Alchemist John  wrote:
OK, *now* I am interested. Please keep us updated on this widget!
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

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