Testing and Evaluation Cocoa beans

Origin - Mixed

Type - Mixed

Crop - 2015-2016

 

I have something a touch novel, and I hope helpful.  Testing beans.  These are vastly inexpensive, and perfect for getting your feel for roasting, experimenting, and getting daring, and maybe, just maybe, having some neat surprises along the way.  Now, before anyone asks, there are no certifications on these, I don't know really anything about them except they are composite samples that one of my suppliers had around.  Knowing what I do, they passed them onto me (basically at the cost of shipping), and I am passing them on to you at effectively that same cost of shipping and doing business. 

On the surface, this may look like I have beans that I am offering that could not have supported anyone (i.e. crappy prices to farmers, non-fair trade, dare I even mention slave labor? etc) but the story behind it is that, again, they were sample beans collected over time (i.e. there were no cost associated with except shipping) that simply would have been thrown out, but instead you get to benefit from them, and no one loses and it's frugality all the way around.

Finally, being a kitchen sink mix (well, testing lab mix) I can't say anything about preparation, roasting suggestions or the like.  Just think of it as a grab bag.  But I will say, I've made a number of batches of chocolate and overall, it's pretty good, and none has been bad.