Craft Sized Conche Refiners!

Choklat is now selling purpose built Conche/Refiners for the Craft Chocolate Industry.

For 9 years we have been making absolutely fabulous chocolate. However we haven't been doing it with the stone wheeled "Melangeurs" that craft chocolate makers have been using. Why is that? Well, to be very candid with you, the stone wheeled melangeurs are actually designed to mill grains and seeds, and are not designed to make chocolate. They never were.

On top of that, using stone mills to grind cacao beans is based on technology that hasn't been used to make chocolate now for many years. This is why the larger melangeurs are not being made anymore and are extremely hard to find (although rumour mill has it that a company has started producing them again in Europe).

True Story.

9 years ago when I first started Choklat (www.Choklat.com) I rolled the dice and purchased a couple of these JMJ40 machines from a company in China. They made amazing chocolate, so I bought a couple more. The 4 small machines we've been using here at Choklat have been running 24/7 for 9 years, and the only thing we've had to replace have been the heating elements.

They are rock solid. They have made us several million dollars worth of chocolate. Best of all? They are priced about the same as the stone wheeled melangeurs.

You can buy a grain mill from an equipment company to make chocolate, or you can buy a chocolate machine from a proven chocolate company to make chocolate. Just remember: This machine is the engine of your bean to bar business. You can't afford to make a bad decision on this piece of equipment.

Choklat is the official North American Dealer for these machines.

You can either get in touch with Clay Gordon here at the Chocolate Life, or contact me directly. He's been to my factory. He's seen my equipment, and he's tasted the product made with it.

Best Regards, and Happy Chocolate Making!

Brad Churchill

CEO.

Choklat

www.Choklat.com

Seeing the inside definitely makes things a lot more clear! Is it a problem with the rust buildup inside the machine? Do you clean that out or does that cause any problems? Speaking of cleanup is it pretty easy to clean them if you happened to have made a flavoured bar and didn't want to contaminate a single origin?

There is no problem with rust. This was the only photo I had. When the machine first arrives, we recommend flushing it with 10-20 litres of very hot vegetable oil and draining it. This will essentially sanitize the machine and remove any contaminants from the factory. From that point on, as long as you add food safe ingredients to the machine, there is no need to clean it out. Simply flush with cocoa butter between batches. The oil/cocoa butter coats the entire inside of the machine at all times and prevents any oxidation of the metals. It's only while being manufactured and a bit during transit that oxidation can form. We make several single origin chocolates in these machines and what we do is create a batch (or several) with one origin. Portion out the cocoa butter we would use for a next batch and use that as a flush. Flush the machine and set that cocoa butter aside for the next time we want to make that variety of chocolate. Start with the next batch and a relatively clean machine. There will always be a tiny bit left in the machine, but we've found it doesn't affect the flavour of the new variety. Frankly, having to clean that machine between batches would be a nightmare and experience has told us there really is no need.

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HERE IS A GREAT VIDEO OVERVIEW. NOTE THAT THE FILE IS A BIT BIG (146MB) BUT DEFINITELY WORTH THE WATCH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEAN TO BAR CHOCOLATE:

Is this one of the ones on Alibaba?

The manufacturer does sell them directly, and I believe they advertise them on Alibaba and other websites like that. If you inquire and you're in North America, they will simply refer you to me.

I can't seem to DM either Choklat or discoverchoc. Could either of you email me brochure and costs to heather@garzasgoodies.com. Thanks Heather

FYI, I ordered one about 3 weeks ago from one of the (many) manufacturers over there. I had to get the motor swapped to a 220VAC single phase. $3000 landed in Houston. We'll see how that goes! I've done quite a bit of importing and don't expect any issues.

That's interesting Brian. As a dealer I don't even get them that cheap, and the price certainly doesn't include shipping (which is about $1000). I am in the process of designing some table top tempering and refining equipment, and knowing what goes into that machine in terms of parts, motor, switches, heaters, controls, and so forth, there is no way the manufacturer made money on that deal. I am actually guessing they lost money if they sold the machine to you for $3,000 landed in the US.