It's all about supply and demand. First rule of business right? or was that "location, location, location"?
When we set out to make chocolate we didn't know we were going to be creating a successful business. Weird right? Ever since our first batch of chocolate 5 years ago, we have been keeping up with demand for our product.
Since day one, we have experienced more and more pressure to produce more and more chocolate. Each stage along the way we have sniffed out bottlenecks in the production process so that we can keep up with demand. We have invented and imagined more ways to roast, winnow, refine and temper the chocolate. Along the way keeping everything very low tech and “entry level”.
Every week someone asked if we can produce for export and “opportunities” are abundant. Lately we are saying "no" more often to customers who want larger volumes of chocolate. Each time I explain that we have a several types of accounts. Here we have an account in US Dollars, Colones, and we have a happiness account. The happiness account tends to get withdrawn when we go for increased in the other two accounts. We are limited by our ability to produce and our willingness to "go big".
Often we have felt that we are raising a dragon and always in danger of been eaten by our own creation. The goal has been to tame the dragon without being eaten. So when we think about the dragon getting bigger and having more teeth, you can see the problem. Yet... we still love the process had still haven't been bit by the dragon. So going a little bit bigger isn't so scary.
One of the steps in the chocolate factory is tempering. We have created an effective hand tempering method which has served us for 5 years. But the time is arriving to reinvest in clearing the next bottleneck. Very soon we will be in the market for a tempering machine. This machine will help by also cleanly depositing the chocolate in our molds for better conservation of chocolate. We will have better chocolate and less waste of chocolate and time washing molds.
If you have been looking for a way to bless us financially, a great way is to help us raise the $ for this new machine. Our target is $15,000 and we are already half way there.
Email us if you are interested in helping. Of course chocolate gifts will come your way as a thank you for helping us out!
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