Forum Activity for @Erin

Erin
@Erin
12/04/16 04:06:17PM
30 posts

WTB - Bean to Bar Equipment - Spain (or Europe)


Posted in: Classifieds

I have some used equipment I am looking to sell and some new equipment I sell.  Please send me an email to erin at indi chocolate dot com (spelled out to avoid scam and spam, please no spam) and we can see what will be most interesting/helpful for you. Thanks


updated by @Erin: 12/04/16 04:27:51PM
Erin
@Erin
05/31/16 11:13:59PM
30 posts

Need to know about parts/manual availability for this machine.


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Here's the instruction manual.  I would talk to Luc at Bakon USA for the replacement part.

Hope this helps,

Erin


Chocotec60Instructions.pdf - 377KB
Erin
@Erin
05/31/16 10:58:10PM
30 posts

Looking to purchase 65lb grinder/melanger


Posted in: Classifieds

Hi Jennifer (thanks David), full disclosure, I sell the Diamond Custom Machines Commercial Refiner in both 70 and 100 lb capacity.  I would be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

You can PM me here but may have a quicker response if you send an email to info@indichocolate.com (no spam please).

Thanks,

Erin

Erin
@Erin
05/31/16 10:31:41PM
30 posts

Cocoa Event Huila Colombia


Posted in: Opinion

I would be interested in attending too, especially if it could be coordinated with other cacao events happening in Colombia.

Erin
@Erin
05/31/16 10:04:19PM
30 posts

Help needed for a pest issue - 'warehouse moth'


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

When I receive my beans I open the bags and do a quick clean before putting them in sealed bins.  This has really helped reduce problems.

If it looks like moths could be a problem I use dry ice at the top of the bin in a dish.  This has worked well for me.

Erin
@Erin
05/31/16 07:21:31PM
30 posts

changing the belt on premier wonder grinder


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Sorry I didn't see this post sooner. I sell the upgraded belts as well as better gears for the demands of making chocolate on my website ( http://indichocolate.com/products/chocolate-machine-replacement-parts?variant=1168767445).

Erin
@Erin
05/31/16 06:35:43PM
30 posts

Artist to Chocolate Artisan, Moving to Seattle!


Posted in: Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Keep in touch.  indi chocolate is the bean to bar chocolate maker in PIke Place Market.  We'll be moving to a bigger facility in the Market next year...

Erin
@Erin
02/13/16 07:39:10PM
30 posts

Premier Wonder Grinder Help


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

When adding the sugar the temperature will go up due to the high friction. If you don't want the temperatures to go up that high, you can add the sugar more slowly and/or release some pressure from the top lock which will reduce the friction on the wheels and so the temperature will not increase.  Releasing pressure from the top lock can also help keep your stones spinning if they get stuck.

The bearring material is Delrin (not HDPE) and is stronger, longer wearing, can withstand higher temperatures and is  FDA certified and heavily used in the food processing industry.  

Generally, I wouldn't recommend putting your bowl and stones in the dishwasher.  Melting temp of Delrin is 347 degrees.  

It's great and consistent with our feedback that you are consistently getting refinement in a shorter period of time.  Congrats!

Happy chocolate making!

Erin

Erin
@Erin
02/11/16 01:47:06PM
30 posts

Premier Wonder Grinder Help


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hi Tim,

Seems the problem is that the machines weren't initially cleaned before being used.  

Before using the machine for the first time, it is important to clean out the machine to make certain it is free of excess stone, dust and packaging material.  There are instructions for cleaning the machine that come with the machine.  You should initially rinse the bowl and stone holder with wheels well in very warm water until the water runs clear.  Let the bowl and stones dry completely (allowing over night and/or 24 hours to dry, depending on dryness of surrounding air, is a good idea to ensure no moisture remains that could cause cocoa butter to seize).  After the bowl and stones are completely dry, warm cocoa butter to a liquid state.   Turn on the machine and slowly pour in the cocoa butter.  Let the stones get covered in the warm cocoa butter for about a minute or two.    Turn off the machine, empty any excess cocoa butter.  Now you are ready to begin making chocolate. This warm cocoa butter is a great lubricant and also begins the process of warming up the stones.  Using a hair dryer on the stones and/or placing the bowl and stones in a warm (not hot) oven can also help with refinement and keeping the cocoa butter warm initially.

Making certain that all parts are completely dry is important when working with cocoa butter, due to it's propensity to seize when moisture is present.  There was probably some remaining moisture that made it difficult for the wheels to move.  

Make certain the wheels are well situated on the shaft to allow movement. When moving the stone holder down the shaft, you will notice that when the stone holder is correctly positioned down the shaft that the wheels will move when stone holder is rotated around the shaft.  Once you have the stone holder correctly in position, you will be ready to use the top lock to hold it in position.  The top lock places downward pressure on the stones and helps with refinement.  You can reduce the pressure in the begining when you are adding nibs to adjust for the big partical size and slowly add more pressure when the particle size is more similar and smaller.  The top lock should never be more than finger tight.

For your first few batches, start with smaller batches that come half-way up the wheel.  This will allow you to see the stones moving and give you time to learn the cadence for adding ingredients.  Once you've got the hang of it, you'll be good to start making larger batches.

There are Chocolate Maker Upgrades available for the Premier Wonder Grinder that include more robust gears for the longer run times required for making chocolate, long wearing Polyurethane belt and fully sealed ball bearings (much better for working with cocoa butter).  There are also machines upgraded specifically for the rigors of making chocolate called the Chocolate Refiner ( http://indichocolate.com/products/chocolate-refiner?variant=7781420993).

Work is being done on the website to include instructional and troubleshooting videos for the Wonder Grinder, Chocolate Refiner and Tilting Grinder that should be posted soon.  

You can contact me directly from the contact information on the website if you have additional questions, etc.  

Hope this is helpful.

Happy chocolate making!

Erin

Erin
@Erin
12/05/15 08:48:56PM
30 posts

Anyone used the Olde Tyme peanut butter mill to make pnut butter?


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I sell the Premier Wonder Grinder and the upgraded Chocolate Refiner, and we are seeing an increasing number of people using them for making nut butters.  They are liking the texture they are getting and are running them for a shorter period of time than they would for making chocolate.  Also great for making things like gianduja.

Erin
@Erin
11/19/12 08:31:28PM
30 posts

Equipment


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I second that. That's the place to start and figure it out.

Erin
@Erin
06/04/12 10:32:22PM
30 posts

wrapping chocolate


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Well, it will not look different because I am already using the same mold and a very similar bag with a sticker.

Erin
@Erin
04/23/12 02:24:43AM
30 posts

Samoan Gold Standard Cocoa now available for testing


Posted in: News & New Product Press

Hi Howard, I just sent you a message on The Chocolate Life.

Thank you

Erin
@Erin
03/26/12 01:36:02PM
30 posts

Can you use a Coffee Roaster for Roasting Cacao?


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Can you post it please so we can all get the info? Thank you.

Erin
@Erin
11/14/11 11:23:35AM
30 posts

Mast Brothers


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

Please post once you know.

Erin
@Erin
10/20/11 02:02:41AM
30 posts

One Bar, Two Bar, Red Bar.....


Posted in: Opinion

I think this is interesting too.

Erin
@Erin
10/03/11 11:58:02AM
30 posts

Cocoa Bean Storage


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Brad is pointing you to the right place. John Nanci is now making winnowers. I have seen an earlier prototype and it did a very good job of winnowing with a lot less work than your current method. Best of luck to you.

Erin

Erin
@Erin
09/27/11 03:09:05PM
30 posts

Questions about using a wheel based tempering machine with enrober


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hi Richard,

I sent a friend request to you to find out more about your machines.

Thanks,

Erin

Erin
@Erin
09/12/11 03:49:04PM
30 posts

Cracking cocoa beans using a Brazilian coffee sheller


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

Hi Clay, I saw an earlier version of the Aether and the results were much better than the Crankandstein.

Also, I really liked how little dust the earlier version produced. Now that the improvements have been made I am even more interested in it.

Erin
@Erin
08/23/11 03:13:12PM
30 posts

better pricing for better cacao


Posted in: Opinion

This is a fantastic discussion.

I am interested in working with both the farmer/cooperative as well as other smaller chocolate makers that would be interested in group purchasing. I would like to focus on beans from South and Central America with delivery to Seattle. Full (or at least half full) containers will result in transportation cost savings that could be used to offset the costs of distribution from Seattle as well as towards a quality premium for the beans/farmers.

I have had some discussions with a few smaller chocolate makers that may be interested in group purchasing, but have not gotten firm requirements (including quantities, specific qualities, etc.) or commitments (for quantities or money). Feel free to contact me again if those I have spoken to before are still interested.

If there were enough interest, it would be ideal to have several origins and deliveries throughout the year. This would help reduce storage costs for interested parties as well as diversify offerings (and reduce overall impacts associated with drops in availability from any one source).

Interested parties (i.e. farmer/cooperative and chocolate makers and not bean brokers, middle men, etc.) should feel free to reply and/or send me a message. Please indicate where you are located, if you are a farmer and/or buyer, what quantities of beans you are interested in/have available, and timing for those quantities (such as twice a year beginning in October, etc.) as well as what your requirements are (quality of beans, etc.).

Thanks

Erin
@Erin
06/22/11 08:12:04PM
30 posts

i need to buy frozen pulp of cacao fruit


Posted in: Classifieds

Hey Seneca, where have you found it in California?

Erin
@Erin
12/13/10 09:03:16PM
30 posts

Bacon in chocolate


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

The Food Channel show Unwrapped had a 2008 show titled "Candy Bar Bonanza" that talks in more detail about the Vosage bacon in chocolate process. I know that it showed again on 10/25/10 at 7:30PM. Not certain if you could Hulu it or find it some other way. Hope it helps.

Erin
@Erin
11/25/10 12:33:38PM
30 posts

One More Way to Be Thankful for Chocolate


Posted in: News & New Product Press

Any of you that have worked with chocolate know how amazing chocolate is on the skin. Not only do you smell fantastic when chocolate finds your skin, but the antioxidants of chocolate along with the cocoa butter leave your skin feeling fantastic. I wanted those amazing sensations of chocolate on my skin, but without the mess.

After much research, I developed chocolate body care products worthy of the discerning members of The Chocolate Life. You just can't fake the chocolate smell and sensations and I wanted tokeep it as natural as possible. It had to be real chocolate.

My chocolate body care products are made with and inspired by great chocolate. The Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub will not only leave you smelling like chocolate but exfoliated and refreshed as well. The Chocolate Foot Repair Cubes are great for those tough spots like the heels and elbows. Follow up with the Chocolate Mint Lotion. Not only is the smell fantastic, the lotion absorbs quickly and doesn't leave you feeling greasy. Finish off the experience with chocolate for your lips. Our Chocolate Lips leave your lips kissably soft and come in five varieties: Chocolate Love, Chocolate Mint Devine, Mocha Madness, Chocolate Orange Smooch, and Chocolate Vanilla Temptation.

I am happy to announce that indi chocolate is now taking orders at indichocolate.com. Please try us out and find one more way to be thankful for chocolate.

Happy Thanksgiving!

updated by @Erin: 04/10/15 12:06:09PM
Erin
@Erin
11/03/10 03:48:03PM
30 posts

Warming solution


Posted in: Opinion

Hilmir, if you want to get some small Rev 1 tempering machines at a great price contact me directly. They can be great for teaching. No spam please. Erin@DoveDiscoveries.com. Thanks
Erin
@Erin
11/03/10 03:57:48PM
30 posts

Interested in a device to make tempering in a Santha or Cocoatown grinder easier?


Posted in: Geek Gear - Cool Tools

This would be very interesting, especially in the Cocoatown Grindeurs. It would be nice to have a plug in play device to the heating/cooling system whereby you could set the parameters and it will let you know when to seed and when it is tempered, the rest is done for you (or you could set the parameters ahead of time).Very interesting indeed.
Erin
@Erin
05/13/12 09:39:10PM
30 posts

Fresh cacao pods hooray, but what to do?


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Adeir, that picture is very beautiful and intriguing. I would love the recipe in English.

Erin
@Erin
03/28/10 02:20:26AM
30 posts

Unfair Trade in Belize - How Kraft Shafts Cocoa Farmers


Posted in: Opinion

You nailed this one on it's head. Thanks Clay.Cotton Tree Chocolate also buys beans from TCGA and has no problem with paying for the Fair Trade premium for the beans. Because Cotton Tree Chocolate is such a small company, the costs to get Fair Trade certification on the packaging were prohibitive. Cotton Tree Chocolate and Sustainable Harvest International work together towards making a more sustainable living for these farmers. These beans are not exported to be processed elsewhere. The ingredients for Cotton Tree Chocolate come from Belize. Locals are hired to make chocolate in the very same town as TCGA. Cotton Tree Chocolate is produced and sold only in Belize and works to create a better living for the people of Belize.The Fair Trade labeling requirements favor larger chocolate making companies with deeper pockets without looking at how much is actually being done to help the local community and it's farmers.
Erin
@Erin
11/18/08 05:47:43PM
30 posts

Indian Cacoa


Posted in: Tech Help, Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Rajareshwari, I would be interested in learning more about what you are doing with Cacao in India. You mentioned you are both a Chocolatier and a cacao grower. Where are you growing the cacao in India and what processing are you doing with the cacao? BTW, nice pod pictures!
Erin
@Erin
07/06/08 07:27:52PM
30 posts

Bean to bar chocolate makers


Posted in: Tasting Notes

Cotton Tree Chocolate is made in Belize. It is a bean to bar chocolate made at the Cotton Tree Lodge in the Toledo District of Belize.The initial batch of Cotton Tree Chocolate was made from tree (picked directly off a local farmer's trees and fermented and made at the Cotton Tree Lodge) to bar. Most batches are not fermented on the premises but instead start with freshly fermented and dried beans that are then roasted on the premises.Cotton Tree Chocolate likes to buy the freshest beans possible directly from the farmer.Cotton Tree Lodge arranges a chocolate week at the lodge which allow guests to tour cacao plantations, pick cacao, and participate in all of the steps to make their own chocolate bars. Guests can also tour the Cotton Tree Chocolate factory on the premises.
updated by @Erin: 09/11/15 06:36:40PM