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SET UP YOUR BEAN TO BAR COMPANY

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Evaluate & improve the quality of your cacao

Make the best quality chocolate from your cacao

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training

 

Staff

Training

SET UP YOUR BEAN TO BAR COMPANY

You want to start a bean to bar company? Complement a bonbon chocolat business with a range of chocolates produced  by yourself? We can teach you , guide you, assist you in this new step. 

Below a sample of program  many of our clients have followed before opening, with success, their brand. Contact us to adapt the topics to your specific needs. Check our list of clients.

DAY 1

 

  1. Cacao beans quality : how to select?  tasting and cut test- quality evaluation methods

       Different cacaos from Venezuela

  1. Roasting experimentations and tasting - Play around with roasting profiles according to observations from cut test and tasting of dry bean. Then taste the samples and evaluate results.

  2. Cacao pod cut

  3. Roast- start winnowing

  4. Presentation on Bean to bar trends around the world

 

 

DAY 2: bean to licor production

  1. Continue Roasting- Winnowing

  2. Pre-grind and melanger operation (stone melanger)

  3. Presentation on cacao of Venezuela- history- varities- export situation

  4. Tasting licor – tasting of different defects in chocolate

 

 

DAY 3

  1. Add sugar – how to evaluate the amount of sugar and (if any) cocoa butter to be added

  2. Analysis of packaging and tasting of different chocolate styles

  3. Presentation of your business plan & analysis together

  4. Presentation of what is bonbon chocolat business

 

DAY 4

  1. Tempering

  2. Molding

  3. Packing / storing

  4. Marketing trends

  5. Q& A session for your business plan

 

DAY 5 :  option 1

      Day at KAKAO bombones lab with an introduction to the bonbon chocolat making

  1. Preparation of Ganaches & Pralinés

  2. French method

  3. Belgian method

  4. Home made transferts

 

DAY 5 :  option 2

  1. Discussion of equipment required for your business plan

  2. The market of Speciality cacaos in Europe , USA and Japan and the  marketing used

       The market of bean to bar chocolate

 

EVALUATE THE QUALITY OF YOUR CACAO

You are planning to sell your cacao or buy cacao? We can teach you how the professionals of the speciality cacao market evaluate and communicate about quality and style, and set up a price.

The methods include the traditional visual and olfactory  analysis, the cut test but also the internationally recognized "cacao grader" method developped 5 years ago by the Institute of Fine Cacao and Chocolate ( FCCI) that complements the traditional method with a complete , simple and clear organoleptic evaluation.

We can teach you how to do it yourself but if you have no time we can also analyse for you your cacao samples. We will send a full report and a set of licor and chocolates produced in the "optimal way" with your cacao.

 

MAKE CHOCOLATE FROM YOUR CACAO

You would like to know better your cacao, or  reach the best possible chocolate from your cacao? With a sample of  your cacao we will  produce different versions of chocolate, made with various roasting/refining times  so that you can discover with your senses the potential of your cacao.

 

The “recipe” of  the bean to bar process will allow you or your cacao clients to avoid wasting time and money in finding out the  best possible interpretation of your cacao: roasting time and temperature, refining time.

 

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Chocolate bars most of the time do not bring enough income to  pay the bills of your craft chocolate business. In addition , it is healthy to diversify products to better differenciate yourself from the competition.

 

We will coach you to develop a new range of products  all around cacao and chococolate of course: nibs, inclusion bars, bonbons chocolat,  pastries , granolas and drinks. 

 

STAFF TRAINING

We will help you and your staff understand better your products and their difference /specificity compared to the ones of the competition.

You will be able to present them in a more effective (sales oriented) way to the clients and boost your sales.

We will also give you insights on the international marketing trends so that you can better plan the product development or acquisition and boost your business.

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