The chocolate idea began innocently enough, when my wife ordered a pound of Cocoa Beans on the internet.
The beans sat around the store for several weeks, when finally, she asked me to bring the beans home.
She proceeded to prepare the chocolate in the kitchen, she called me to help grind the cocoa in a corn Mill we had set up. We ground the cocoa repeatedly, re-feeding the cocoa into the grinder, until it liquified. I sweating profusely retired to the coolness of the living room. After some time she called me to try the chocolate. Frankly, it was the first time in my life, to taste fresh chocolate.
From that day forward we had decided to change our house ware store to manufacture chocolate.
We have roasted coffee for the past 15 years. All coffees stay fresh for approximately 7 to 10 days. No matter how you package the coffee, oxidation continues from the moment the coffee is roasted. Chocolate has the same characteristics as coffee, so we had plenty of experience to apply to cocoa beans.