I am considering starting a chocolate business and am in the process of trying to decide on the couvertures I would like to use for my product lines. I'm wondering if others can share their input on how they went about deciding on the couverture you would eventually use in your business?
So far I have tasted around 40 different couvertures and I don't feel like I am anywhere close to finding a perfect dark, milk, or white chocolate that I'd like to use for my recipes. The brands of couvertures I have tasted so far have been Felchlin, Valrhona, El Rey, Callebaut, Guittard, and E. Guittard. I have tasted a few from each brand, but not every variety that each of those brands sells. Some of those have been very good, but I am still searching. I'd really like to find a way to get a very large sampling of different couvertures so that I feel like I've made an informed decision and that my products are the best they can be.
So far I have been limited to what I can find locally in small quantities. I'm trying to avoid buying several pounds of a couverture that I just want to taste. Can other chocolatiers offer suggestions on how you went about buying small samples of couverture to taste so that you could make a decision for your product line?
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
updated by @pantoufle: 04/09/15 03:31:51PM