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Jun 29, 2009 05:47 PM

ISO Source for Bulk Unsweetened Valrhona or Callebaut Cocoa Powder

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. 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.

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

      1. Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco sells cocoa in bulk.

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        1. re: sfpizzalover

          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.

          1. re: sfpizzalover

            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. 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 They also have the Valrhona in bulk.

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

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

            2. 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.
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