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ISO Source for Bulk Unsweetened Valrhona or Callebaut Cocoa Powder

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TerriL Jun 29, 2009 05:47 PM

I would prefer to buy this locally if possible by the pound or kilo, but Whole Foods stopped carrying it a while back. Marin or East Bay preferred, but all suggestions appreciated.

Just FYI the Pasta Shop (at least the one on 4th St.) only carries small packages of cocoa at this time. I used to buy it buy Callebaut by the kilo several years ago. TIA.

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  1. chefj RE: TerriL Jun 29, 2009 06:29 PM

    I know that Pacific Gourmet carries it . They are wholesale suppliers but you should talk to them and see. If you know someone in the industry they may be able to do the buying on your behalf that would work too. www.pacgourmet.com

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      Michael Rodriguez RE: TerriL Jun 30, 2009 06:36 AM

      Ratto's in Oakland sells Valrhona. Ask Elena, the manager, if she would sell you large quantities. I bet she would.

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        sfpizzalover RE: TerriL Jun 30, 2009 07:16 AM

        Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco sells cocoa in bulk.

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          TerriL RE: sfpizzalover Jun 30, 2009 04:07 PM

          They do, but they couldn't tell me the producer. All they knew was that it wasn't dutched (they're also out of stock right now). I thought at one time they sold Valrhona, but I may be wrong.

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            blackpippi RE: sfpizzalover Aug 24, 2009 02:13 PM

            Rainbow does indeed sell Valrhona. However, I kept trying to make the "perfect" cup of hot chocolate and it just wasn't working. Now I know why-I just stumbled on a Cook's Illustrated taste test from January 2005: "Valrhona has flavors of hot dog as well as burnt, woody, & smoky."
            Yep, that about covers it.

          2. Robert Lauriston RE: TerriL Jun 30, 2009 10:32 AM

            Have you tried Pernigotti? I like it better than Valrhona (which is excellent). I discovered it at Williams-Sonoma, which has it off and on, but it's cheaper if you buy it by the kilo from chefshop.com. They also have the Valrhona in bulk.

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              TerriL RE: Robert Lauriston Jun 30, 2009 04:06 PM

              I like Pernigotti too, but hadn't seen it in bulk anywhere. If I can't buy locally, chefshop.com is a good idea -- thanks.

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              maxie RE: TerriL Jun 30, 2009 03:22 PM

              Try Spun Sugar on University in Berkeley. They carry a lot of chocolate products, including bulk Valhrona. I'm not sure what brands of cocoa powder they carry. http://www.spunsugar.com/
              1611 University, Berkeley

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                TerriL RE: TerriL Jul 16, 2009 06:02 PM

                Just FYI I saw bulk Guittard dutched cocoa at Berkeley Bowl West today. I prefer other brands to Guittard, but it was a good deal (sorry, don't remember the price).

                Anyway, I already got my shipment of Pernigotti from chefshop.com (2 kilos), so I'm set for a while.

                1. kungful RE: TerriL Jul 16, 2009 07:42 PM

                  You might try here: http://www.thegourmetcorner.com
                  They often have Valrhona, and always have Cocoa Noel.

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                    TerriL RE: kungful Jul 17, 2009 10:36 AM

                    Thanks, kungful. Do you know what the prices are like -- not for the cocoa, per se, but generally? There are a few products I'd like to pick up.

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                      kungful RE: TerriL Jul 18, 2009 08:45 AM

                      They are generally pretty good, a tad high, perhaps, but not exorbitant.

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                    Luber RE: TerriL Jul 17, 2009 10:31 PM

                    http://www.qzina.com (international wholesaler, branch in SSF)

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