Chocolate Making Startup Tips From CocoaTown

The fine chocolate industry is steadily growing as more and more consumers are realizing the benefits of healthier chocolate.  CocoaTown has been active in the craft chocolate movement since 2006, providing patented equipment to chocolate makers around the world.

As you can imagine, we have learned a few lessons on our journey that we think will help the adventurous chocolate maker startups. In this article, we share some of these tips with you......READ MORE

#WomenWhoTrade Micro-Grant Recipients

Mayor's Office of International Affairs, Atlanta (USA) has announced the recipients of #WomenWhoTrade Micro-Grant for 2021. We are happy that Andal Balu, Co-Founder of CocoaTown is one of the recipients. .....READ MORE

Meet the 2021 Women Export Cohort

CocoaTown President and Co-founder Andal Balu is one of the 26 female entrepreneurs in the first cohort of the Women Export University.....READ MORE

Women in Chocolate with Andal Balu Co-founder of CocoaTown

Andal Balu, Co-founder of CocoaTown, chocolate machine patent holders,
producers and manufacturers, speaks with Lauren Heineck......READ MORE

Andal Balu elected as new board member in FCIA

The new board reflects the diversity of FCIA’s growing membership. “We are excited that chocolate makers, chocolatiers, traders, specialty retailers and processors are well represented on our leadership team for the next two years,” stated Bill Guyton, Executive Director.....READ MORE 

Thirty-one Georgia Companies Receive 2020 GLOBE Awards, Four Recognized as Exporters of the Year

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) today announced its International Trade division’s 2020 GLOBE Award recipients. This state-led awards program highlights Georgia companies that entered new international markets in the previous year. During calendar year 2019, GLOBE winners from 17 counties across Georgia collectively entered 75 new international markets..READ MORE

Breaking Barriers: Interview With Andal Balu, CocoaTown

You have been in the industry for many years and currently serve on FCIA’s board of directors. Why do you think there is a lack of diversity in the fine chocolate industry and what can be done to remedy this?

 Affordability – FCIA events always happen in New York or San Francisco...READ MORE

Andal Balu mentioned in AAPI Heritage month

CocoaTown co-owner Andal Balu writes "I am grateful to City of Atlanta for highlighting me for AAPI Heritage Month spotlight. I am grateful to God for giving me an opportunity to live in the best city to live and have a business. Georgia has been rated as #1 State for entrepreneurs....READ MORE

Mayor’s Office of International Affairs Highlights Atlanta Women Exporters 

In an effort to celebrate women entrepreneurs and their contributions, the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs (MOIA) hosted “Women + Trade,” on April 30th, a virtual panel highlighting women exporters based in Atlanta, their impact on the global economy, and how they are managing and dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.....READ MORE

WOMEN+TRADE

In an effort to celebrate women entrepreneurs and their contributions, the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) hosted "Women + Trade," on April 30th, a virtual panel highlighting women exporters based in Atlanta, their impact on the global economy, and how they are managing and dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.....READ MORE

SECTOR CACAOTERO PARTICIPARÁ EN CERTAMEN PARA EL COCOA EXCELLENCE PARIS 2021

La convocatoria la efectuó Anecacao para un concurso nacional clasificatorio, cuyas inscripciones se receptarán hasta el 16 de noviembre de 2020.

La promoción del cacao ecuatoriano de calidad y su diversidad, así como la demostración de los conocimientos y técnicas de los productores se pondrán en escena en la primera edición del concurso Cacao de Excelencia Ecuador 2020, clasificatorio al Cocoa of Excellence Paris 2021.....READ MORE

CHOCOLATE RÚSTICO 80% CACAO BEAN TO BAR DE ENRIC ROVIRA

Chocolate rústico 80% cacao bean to bar de Enric Rovira En el libro Chocolate. Pasión y ciencia, Enric Rovira ofrece su visión actualizada del chocolate y del cacao. Esta obra, que se puede adquirir en exclusiva en Books For Chefs, se convierte....READ MORE

HOW ARTISAN CHOCOLATIERS GOT INVENTIVE THIS DECADE

Chock-a-block with choices: From modifying an idli grinder to creating upcycled cotton waste wrappers, this was an inventive decade for artisan chocolatiers “We are not just in the business of making machines, but of creating chocpreneurs,” says Andal Balu over a phone call from....READ MORE

Best Valentine's Day chocolate: Bean-to-bar artisan brands

The nibs are 50 percent cocoa butter. Grinding them in an electric CocoaTown machine generates heat by the friction of two large rotating granite wheels. Within a few hours, there's enough heat to extract the natural creamy cocoa butter.....READ MORE

COM R$ 10 MIL, É POSSÍVEL TER SUA PRÓPRIA FÁBRICA DE CHOCOLATE

A maior parte dos negócios de chocolates no Brasil trabalha com o chamado chocolate de cobertura, ou seja, derrete barras prontas para criar subprodutos. A tendência, no entanto, é que cada vez mais empresas produzam através da amêndoa do cacau, em um processo do grão à barra, mais longo, caro e controlado. Geralmente, o investimento em uma unidade fabril é alto e afasta os empreendedores.....READ MORE

GLOBE AWARD WINNERS 2019

Today the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) International Trade division and GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson joined Governor Brian P. Kemp to announce the winners of Georgia’s sixth annual GLOBE Awards at an event at the Capitol. This state-led awards program highlights companies that entered into.....READ MORE

GEORGIA HONORS 36 EXPORTERS FOR BREAKING INTO NEW MARKETS

Many represented the usual suspects, but this year’s GLOBE Awards honoring 36 Georgia-based exporters also included some companies new to selling their goods and services overseas. The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s international trade division doles out the awards to honor companies that have been able to....READ MORE

GEORGIA EXPORTER SPOTLIGHT: COCOATOWN

A Q&A interview with Andal Balu and Balu Balasubramanian, Owners County: Fulton Industry: Food Processing Equipment CocoaTown designs, develops, and distributes unique, multipurpose equipment to make gourmet chocolate bars from beans, nut butters and nut milks from nuts and other gourmet foods. What motivated your company to start selling....READ MORE

POLITICIANS, CEOS, CABBIES, COOKS… INDIANS IN AMERICA ARE HAVING A MOMENT

Indra Nooyi is possibly the most visible Indian-American CEO whose corporation PepsiCo is based in Purchase, New York. Dr. Balu M. Balasubramanian, a chemist, and his wife Andal Balu have recast the idli-grinder in a new avatar. Lavina Melwani @lavinamelwani....READ MORE

COCOATOWN IS REWARDED IN ATLANTA METRO EXPORT CHALLENGE

As well as being a Georgia GLOBE Award winner (see previous Newsmaker report), Cocoatown was among the top 10 companies receiving credits from UPS in the March 28, 2018 Atlanta Metro Export Challenge. The top 10 on March 29, 2018:CocoatownDustex LLCGF Health....READ MORE

ONE LAST TIME, GOV. DEAL PRAISES 40 GEORGIA EXPORTERS WHO CRACKED NEW MARKETS

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal meets with the state’s representatives from 12 countries. They promote Georgia products and recruit inbound investment. Gov. Nathan Deal this week headlined his last annual celebration recognizing Georgia companies exporting all over the world. During his customary speech at this year’s....READ MORE

INNOVATION IN PROCESSING COCOA INTO CHOCOLATE:

For years, farmers have been selling cocoa as commodity where the price is set in a distant area of the world removed far away from the cocoa farmers. The cocoa farmers had no control or means to grow their income substantially....READ MORE

CHOCOLATE SUTRA

The humble grinder of idli batter is now a chocolate-making machine Mr. and Mrs. Balu started out selling grinders for idli-dosa batter. Improvising from there, and finding a market niche, they launched CocoaTown, which is now a recognized catalyst for the “bean-to-bar” industry amongst small scale....READ MORE

THE BEAN-TO-BAR PHENOMENON: ‘MICRO-BATCHING’ GROWS UP

This exciting stage of the American craft chocolate market is not unlike what happened in the mid-twentieth century to the California wine industry. At one end of the room, grubby brown beans are being dumped unceremoniously down a metal chute. At the room’s other....READ MORE

COCOA INDUSTRY TO BE EXPANDED

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says the Government is committed to the expansion of the cocoa industry and will be offering increased support to stakeholders....READ MORE

THE WELL-TEMPERED BEAN, OR MY VISIT TO COCOATOWN (AKA DANDELION CHOCOLATE)

How can a person love something so much and know so little about it? For example, I love chocolate. In just about all forms. But what did I know about it, other than the way it makes me feel when I let a small square of it....READ MORE

THE KITCHEN-COUNTER CHOCOLATIERS

Obsessives are common in the world of cooking. They go down the rabbit hole of jury-rigged sous-vide machines, or spend two weeks lost in the 38-page bread recipe from the Tartine Bakery. They have cases of homemade lager in the hall closet and roast....READ MORE

FCIA INNOVATION IN FINE CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS AWARD

Innovation in Fine Chocolate Products – Andal Balu RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE IN FINE CHOCOLATE: The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) is proud to host the Recognition of Excellence awards to recognize outstanding fine chocolate industry professionals and companies for their significant contributions to our segment of the industry. We hope that by hosting these awards....READ MORE

THE EVOLUTION OF CHOCOLATE

Chocolate comes from the cacao bean. This is a basic fact, but it’s hard to imagine that this bean — or any bean — can be transformed into the rich, bitter, sweet, passion-inflaming substance we call...READ MORE