How a chocolate is made - Bean to bar chocolate making process
Have you ever thought of how a chocolate is made? What is the main ingredient in chocolate? What are the steps involved in a chocolate making.
Let's discuss the Bean to Bar / Farm to Table Chocolate.
Chocolate making steps:
- Cocoa beans collection
- Fine grading & cleaning the cocoa beans
- Roasting cocoa beans
- Making cocoa nibs
- Chocolate refining
- Chocolate tempering
Cocoa beans collection
World's most of the cocoa production comes from African countries Ivory Coast and Ghana. Asian country, Indonesia is also one of the largest contributors in cocoa brans production. Your chocolate taste, texture and life depend upon the sourcing of cocoa beans. With experience you will gain knowledge on what type of cocoa beans you would require for your kind of chocolates. How to measure the good cocoa beans, what is the moisture you need to consider while collecting the cocoa beans. Different origin cocoa beans have different natural flavor, It is very much similar to mangoes. There are many varieties of mangoes available, different mangoes taste different and have different experiences in consuming it. Similarly cocoa beans. If you use single origin or single farm of cocoa beans for your entire batch of chocolate making, then you will ensure a unique chocolate taste and experience which may mark you as a unique chocolate producer.
Fine grading & cleaning the cocoa beans
Roasting cocoa beans
Making of cocoa nibs
We tried to give a brief knowledge on the bean to bar how the chocolate is made. There are many myths around the chocolate making and many parents are cautious about giving chocolate to their kids. Most of the big companies follow a healthy and hygienic method to make the chocolate. Different companies and individuals use different methods and machines to bring their desired quality of the bean to bar chocolate making.