Originally broadcast live on May 19, 2016
Fine chocolate with fabulous flavor starts with high quality beans. But for many chocolate makers, one of the biggest challenges, especially when starting their business, is finding or “sourcing those beans”. The process of bean sourcing from finding the beans themselves all the way to having them arrive at your factory ready to be made into chocolate is a complicated one that can involve many people including farmers, brokers, transporters and more. In this Chocolate Masters Hangout, we’re going to talk about bean sourcing – how does the process work today? Has it changed over time with the extensive growth in the bean to bar chocolate industry? What is involved in ensuring that a chocolate maker gets the best beans to make the best chocolate? What are some of the best tips for a new chocolate maker just starting out? Join us to learn more about sourcing cocoa beans!
Chocolate maker: Greg D’Alesandre, Dandelion Chocolate
Chocolate maker: Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate
Moderator: Alysha Kropf, Ecole Chocolat
Producer: Robert Ouimet, Big Snit Media
About our Panelists:
Greg D’Alesandre, Dandelion Chocolate
Greg has been working with chocolate for over fifteen years, and making bean-to-bar chocolate for the last few. He started making liquid nitrogen truffles in college with “borrowed” equipment from the physics lab. As Dandelion’s Chocolate Sourcerer, he travels the world in search of the best cacao to use to make great chocolate, and feels strongly about sourcing cacao directly and building good relationships with the network of cacao producers and chocolate makers around the world. https://www.dandelionchocol...
Art Pollard, Amano Chocolate
Amano Chocolate is a multi-award winning artisan chocolate maker. Art believes in making chocolate using a hand’s on approach. He visits the plantations, buys directly from the growers, and when necessary works with them to improve their skill in properly growing, fermenting and drying the cacao beans to meet his standards.http://www.amanochocolate.com/