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Welcome to TheChocolateLife! Lots of experienced hands here willing to help out.
Where is your farm?
Hello Clay, our farm is in Sunyani Ghana. It is only Twelve (12) acres, but it is a start. I have been trying to figure out on how to ask a question on Start up Central, But maybe you could advise. I have purchased all of the equipment to do everything, but we are just starting. I am from the U.S. But I married a Ghanaian so we live in Ghana for the last SIX (6) years. & love Chocolate. The Hydraulic Cocoa Butter Press only had a FOUR (4) page manual & didn't say anything about making Cocoa Butter. I did get TWO (2) different videos from the Manufacturer, but they used (NIBBS) & not Cocoa Paste is everything I have ever read about. Video #1) shows the (NIBBS) placed in a White Cloth Bag that was closed & then a Felt Pad was placed on top of the bag. A metal Plate was then placed on the Felt Pad, the lid was closed & the Machine was turned on. Mostly CREAMY WHITISH oil came out into the collection bowl. But it still had Brown particles that should be filtered.
Video #2) They only put STRAIGHT (NIBBS) into the press without anything. Then the metal Plate on top of the (NIBBS) & turned on the press. What looked like OILY CHOCOLATE (DARK BROWN) oil came out into the collection bowl. So I believed that the Bag & felt Pad helped to Filter out most of the Cocoa from the oil.
My question is, if I use the recommended COCOA PASTE instead of the (NIBBS) into the bags. I picture a CHOCOLATE MESS. Is there anyone out there with knowledge or experience that could explain to me on how to make quality FILTERED COCOA BUTTER to make WHITE CHOCOLATE????
I hated to OVER KILL YOU with your very pleasant welcoming, but I could not figure out how to post. If someone could explain the posting to me I would be very grateful. But if someone could also help me answer the above I would be deep in debt to you. Thank you clay for giving the time & chane to talk I would love to hear & read about what you have going??Thanks,