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Project 39: The first attempt

October 19, 2011

One peeled bean

There are really very few steps involved in making chocolate.

Roasting:

Roasting

Peeling:

Peeling

Grinding:

Grinding

Conching:

Conching

And enjoying.

Unfortunately, if you screw up one step it may negatively impact your ability to get to the last one. We seriously overroasted our first batch of beans. I blame inexperience coupled with bad advice. You would not believe the horrible smell that was involved in every single one of the steps shown above. In the end we had to throw our first batch away.

Fortunately we had plenty of beans left and the resolve to try it again. Our next try was a larger batch requiring different equipment. Check back tomorrow to see what we recommend for those of you who want to try this at home.

And on Friday, maybe you’ll get to see the results of this:

Action!

Next: Second batch

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3 comments

  1. […] A new craft per week in 2011 « Project 39: Making chocolate Project 39: The first attempt » Project 39: Materials October 18, […]


  2. Oh, no! Now the pressure is really on to do all my editing! Worry not–I shall persevere! lol


  3. I love the final shot—-soooo cool!

    I just want to know how those sneaky little beans, who look so Plain Jane can explode your palate with such amazing flavors. It’s a mystery of life.



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