Monday January 23, 2006



There are delays in shipping, responding, and all that jazz at Chocolate Alchemy for the moment, because the Alchemist has had the flu, or bronchitis, or some other misc. upper respitory illness so far labeled only "Not Pneumonia" for the past two weeks. Yes he's seen the doctor. Even had two chest x-ray's now. He's on antibiotics. He's just still sick and not able to get much done.

We'll get back to any and all orders ASAP, and things are still being processed and shipped, just v e r y slowly right now.

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Posted Comments for this update:


[Tue 16:43] dmac email ~
get well soon dude!!
[Thu 16:14] Alchemist John ~ site
Thanks - I think/hope/pray/beg that I am on the mend.

All pending orders are now out - thank you EVERYONE for the patience.

If I made a mistake, let me know. You might have heard - I am not running on all cylinders.


[Sun 12:14] Andal Balu email ~ site
Hello John,

Good work on using wet grinders for chocolate grinding. We sell commercial size chocolate grinders (made by Santha as well as others) suitable for grinding cocoa beans. Call me at 770-594-1815 and I can describe how our product is better than other grinders.

Andal Balu


[Sat 13:01] gloria email ~
This will be my first time making my own chocolate, I need all the help I can get.I know nothing about it, just need a new career that will make me happy and hopefully all my friends and family. Thank you.
[Sun 22:42] Alex email ~
I live in the UK I see you can ship worldwide my question is will cocoa butter survive the trip? I assume cocoa beans will because they are packed dry & lecithin I can get locally so there is no need to pay extra postage for that but I would like to know about the cocoa butter before I place an order. Also would a wheat mill work for grinding? I have a kenwood chef with a wheat mill attachment [attachment number A931 if you want to look it up] it is designed for grinding flour & has rollers very similar to your Crankandstein Cocoa Mill.



Friday January 6, 2006

Well, there are a number of things that I am excited about this year. Here is some of the things you can look forward to hearing about:


  • We have on the drawing board a heated Santha. When that becomes available, you will be able to take your experimentation to a new level with time vs temperature conching.
  • There is a prototype winnower that is looking promising. That will be rather useful for those that want to get into chocolate making for a small business.
  • Also, for those interesting in larger capacity equipment, I will updating availability of larger Santhas.
  • I am going to put together a "how to" of building your own cocoa roaster. I roast in this coffee roaster I built for under $100. I want to offer plans and possibly a kit (if I can find the time).
  • We will be offering a nice scale from Escali within the next month.
  • There is Fair Trade Certified Cocoa from Ghana on the way. I hope to have samples in February.
  • The whole site will be given a facelift. I plan to get all the old posts categorized into topic, add a search feature, and hopefully (yes, I keep saying this) have a real shopping cart.

I am sure there is more. I will continually be experimenting with different cocoa beans, techniques, recipes, etc and passing that information on to you.

As always, please email me if you have questions, concerns, problems or praise. I love to hear from everyone. And don't forget about the E-mail list we offer. It is not a really busy list, but there are some really good and knowledgeable people there.

Happy new year everyone and thanks for making 2005 a great year.

Your humble servant,

Alchemist John

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Posted Comments for this update:


[Thu 20:36] Doc ~
I would like to know more things about making chocolate. I am starting my research and I am trying to find out diffrent ways of making it. Thank You for having this site I will be talking back to you soon.
[Mon 12:14] Eileen email ~
Hope you are feeling better, if not well. Am doing research for Unitarian Universalist talk on fair trade cocoa beans. I suspect that some of your beans are fair trade. Any research help would be appreciated. Your 100% chocoholic correspondent, Eileen




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