So one day I decided to become a Chocolate Maker.
had always been fascinated by chocolate, and after reading a book on the
chocolate making process I decided to give it a whirl. I needed a new
hobby anyway. I had been making custom cakes for a few years, but after
a run-in with a bridezilla I decided fancy cakes were too stressful and
prone to disaster.
So in November 2016, I started my
Chocolate Maker’s by journey. I began, of course, by looking for some
cocoa beans. Actually, first I read some books, then I bought a couple
of cocoa seedlings (I killed one but the other is still hanging on), and
then I went looking for beans. An internet search of “cocoa beans for
sale” brings up the be-all-end-all site for the novice chocolate maker.
It is John Nanci’s Chocolate Alchemy. WOW! I was like a kid in a
But confusion soon set in. There were
so many varieties of beans and so many choices of format. (Is format
the right word?) Which cocoa bean should I get? There were cocoa beans
from all around the world: from Belize and Bolivia to Venezuelan and
Vietnam. Once I selected a cocoa bean, then I needed to decide on the
format: did I you want whole beans? Roasted or un-roasted, or maybe
nibs? Again, did I want them roasted or un-roasted. Can you
understand my dilemma?
In the end I decided on the
Honduras Wampusirpi cocoa bean in honor of my mother who is from Utila,
Honduras. The Chocolate Alchemist site offers a “Apprentice Kit” so I
opted for that. It comes with the bean of your choice in both roasted
and unroasted forms, and nibs again in both roasted and unroasted
forms. The kit also has cocoa butter, lecithin, and some chocolate
The kit has almost everything you need.
So now I have
the beans so next I needed some equipment. After reading the info on
the Chocolate Alchemist I decided that the only thing I really, really
needed was the Chocolate Melanger/Refiner/Concher. After a little
research I settled on the Premier Tilting Chocolate Refiner – Melanger.
I'm sitting at my front window waiting impatiently for the UPS/USPS
guys to arrive. I can't wait to begin my journey as a Chocolate Maker…