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Is it possible to grind cocoa beans in a coffee grinder?

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I am thinking of a conical burr grinder like the Niche Zero.

Is that doable? would it be difficult to clean afterwards?

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It is probably "doable" but would be a PIA to thoroughly clean it afterwards. WHY

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No, it will probably liquefy....if you do try it, I'd love to see a video!

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IThere used to be a hipster chocolate shop in London called Mast Brothers who did.

They used a HG-1 grinder to grind cocoa nibs, then used a siphon brewer to make a really quite extraordinary hot chocolate ( water based ) quite savoury, but very delicious.

So it is possible, but probably not with a machine you would share with coffee, also probably best to freeze the nibs first.

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Please make a video....

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1 hour ago, DavecUK said:

Please make a video....

They are no longer in business, at least in London.

Apparently they were found out to be melting down cheap industrial chocolate as a blend to make up their very expensive fancy bars of ‘single origin’ chocolate . . .

. . . so I heard.


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1 hour ago, JKK said:

They are no longer in business, at least in London.

Apparently they were found out to be melting down cheap industrial chocolate as a blend to make up their very expensive fancy bars of ‘single origin’ chocolate . . .

. . . so I heard.

I heard the same...looks like even hipsters can't be trusted. You think when dealing with a bearded person you would be safe.

 

Dammit just remembered I got a beard!

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I've tried grinding almonds through Niche and the burrs would not grab them properly, mabe 1 in 5 got through but they are oily and they stick a lot and probably clog it.

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Why not just use a pestle & mortar or even a food processor? It's not as if a constant grind is needed for cocoa nibs.


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1 minute ago, ashcroc said:

Why not just use a pestle & mortar or even a food processor? It's not as if a constant grind is needed for cocoa nibs.

Pestle way takes A LOT OF TIME, food processor won't make them fine enough, been there...

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remember there is a lot of fat (cocoa butter) that melts around 34 C in coca beans... it will mess up your grinder even frozen.


just fix it

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