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I wish I could tell you I was too busy making chocolate and other stuff to write…but no, that’s not it. I wish I could tell you I haven’t had the typical complications many a small business owner faces, many of which, I have discovered in my conversations with others, are simply par for the course, the normal, everyday winds of adversity. Nonetheless, all has not been awry, we’ve actually also been on vacation in California, back in my hometown of Solana Beach.

While there, we did a bunch of fun stuff with the kids, like Legoland, Seaworld, trips to the beach, many afternoons in the pool, among other things…while I also dealt with PR problems, meeting brokers, packaging and labeling design, equipment needs, and other fun business stuff you don’t usually here about here on my blog. But I’ll spare the details for later…

I’m now back in Ecuador, and we’re ramping up production for the fall. This week we’ve been especially enjoying playing with the new panning machine-it’s a Kitchenaid drum attachment for panning. I’ll post more about it later because I have to go back and add some more chocolate to the cocoa beans we’re working on for export. But for now, I can say we must have the near perfect environment for doing it because even the first batch of almonds turned out perfect!

Welcome to Destination Ecuador!

Welcome to Destination Ecuador! My family and I have been living in Ecuador for the last four and a half years. We’ve dealt with the worst kinds of red-tape, searched out or ended up making hard-to-find ingredients ourselves, imported equipment for making chocolate confections, learned the import-export business...Continue >>

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