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This instructional video is intended to help people make chocolate using simple ingredients and simple equipment. The equipment and method is especially suited for people living in chocolate-growing regions of the tropical Americas, as the equipment is universally available and does not require electric power.
Here's a similar method for making milk chocolate. Great video of roasting, but more complicated recipe and instructions for making milk chocolate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-lV3hrDvEA
Similar method of making chocolate but using the oven roasting technique, winnowing instead of peeling, and tempering chocolate afterwards. His equipment is more electronic, so I wanted to show that it can be done cheaper and in larger quantities with manual powered equipment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUjc6fLnfmM
Here's an example of where you can get a $25 grinder, http://www.wayfair.com/Buffalo-Tools-Corn-and-Grain-Grinder-CICGRIND-BUF1075.html
And an example of where to get raw whole cacao beans for $15/lb online: http://www.nuts.com/nuts/cacao/organic-beans.html. I got mine at the Redland Farmer's Market in Homestead, FL for $10/lb, which is the cheapest I can find it for in the States so far. In Latin American countries where cacao is grown, you can often find it in big markets at about $1-$3 per pound. This just in--a youtuber gave me this link for buying Hatian Cacao direct from the farmers, and it's cheaper than typical online prices!: http://singingrooster.org/buy/haitian-cacao/
After a lot of comments about where to get the raw beans from, I talked to my supplier (who works at the open-air stand in the Redlands market in Homestead, FL), and he said that if you go on their website for honey products and email them, they may be able to arrange for shipments of raw cacao beans to you. It's probably going to be most cost-effective if you're looking for bulk orders, as they don't have it set up for small amounts. But it's worth a try, and if anyone tries it, please report back here whether it worked or not. They sell at $10/lb for raw beans at the market, so I expect they'll have to add on a significant handling fee, but this is the good stuff, folks:
A youtube watcher also gave me this wonderful link about fermenting cacao and then used our process here for toasting and finishing. this is great for anyone who wants to make it straight from the tree: https://slavabowmanphotography.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/from-bean-to-bar-how-to-ferment-cacao-and-make-chocolate-from-scratch-part-1/....