Comments on: The economics of artisanal chocolate A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Moopheus Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:50:16 +0000 Cool video. One factor they didn’t go into is that with agricultural products like cacao and coffee, there are a number of varieties of beans with different qualities, some of which are more difficult and costly to produce, and limited in supply. The big industrial players like Nestle and Hershey can’t use the better grades simply because they cost too much and aren’t available in the gigantic quantities they need. They have to buy on the open commodity markets. Whereas the opposite is true for smaller operators: it is to their advantage to be selective about the suppliers they buy from.

And if you really want to do it, for a cost of about $1000 in gear, you can set yourself up with a countertop chocolate making operation in your own kitchen.