My name is Conny and I'm new to this community. I live in Sweden. I have been interested in making chocolate from bean to bar for a couple of years now and I have studied the process for doing this a little harder the last year. The goal is to set up a small scale production for chocolatebars.
I've searched this forum as well as every little corner of the internet to find machines that will fit in my production. It is here I think I will need some help.I dont think I have asked myself the right questions about the quantity that I'm looking to produce. I would like to have the capacity of making roughly about 5000-10000 bars (60g)/month.
Now I'm wondering if you can help me with som tips and links to where I can buy machinery and accessories for my little venture. Used or new doesn't matter. I'm trying to find machines in Europe since I've read that the is a good aftermarket but I can almost only find big industrial machines.My budget is $20k (will this even be enough?)
Please come with ideas. I saw the Mastbrother was using a hot air-owen for this. I was thinking of using the same with a custommade barrel inside.
Cocoa breaker and winnower (is this recommended?):
Or I will go with the crankenstein (http://shop.chocolatealchemy.com/products/crankandstein-cocoa-mill) and build my own winnower since I read a really bad review about the above. I calculate that to be about $1500 if I go that way.
ECGC-65-A Grindeur about $5500-6000 including shipping and taxes.
What is the best choice?
Will do the packaging by hand the first time and the packages will be planned for this.
All help is appreciated.
updated by @conny-frid: 04/20/15 10:21:54PM