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Cinchona Bark sources?

cmalarick May 29, 2013 12:30 PM

Hey there, I've had a hard time finding Cinchona Bark for, you guessed it, making my own tonic. I've tried Christina's Spices in Inman square, Cambridge Naturals in Porter, and the Modern Homebrew Emporium (they were quite a stretch but on my way home). Does anyone have any trusty sources that they know keep this stuff in stock? I need to reach out to Penzeys, they're probably my best bet. At this point, I'd take either the bark chips or powder. Thanks!

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    misseri Nov 25, 2013 08:35 AM

    I had no luck finding it in Boston, either -- Penzey's definitely does not carry it. You're better off buying online. HealthyVillage has it for $13/lb plus shipping.


    1. The Professor Nov 23, 2013 10:38 AM

      Google is your friend (even though they, like Facebook, are widely regarded as the enemy of privacy).

      In any case, there are _quite_ a few sources for it on the WWW. It shouldn't be very hard to find some.

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      1. re: The Professor
        joeblack Nov 23, 2013 05:27 PM

        how is google the enemy of privacy?
        yea, there are plenty of sources online, but it'd be nice to find a local shop so that I could experiment with it before buy a larger quantity and paying for shipping.

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        joeblack Nov 2, 2013 05:16 PM

        Did you find any? If so, where?

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        1. re: joeblack
          joeblack Nov 23, 2013 10:15 AM

          FYI, Witches Weed aka Artemisia Botanicals doesn't have it anymore. The shop owner said it's been difficult to find recently.

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          tdaaa May 30, 2013 11:59 AM

          Do you have a recipe that you would share? I have been using Tomr's tonic concentrate, which I like, but would certainly consider making my own instead...

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          1. re: tdaaa
            TroyTempest May 30, 2013 12:01 PM

            do a search on the spirits board. This is a fairly common thing.

            1. re: tdaaa
              misseri Nov 25, 2013 08:36 AM

              I use Jeffrey Morgenthaler's recipe, and love it. It's spicy and herbal.


            2. StriperGuy May 29, 2013 12:45 PM

              Penzey's won't have it. Witches Weeds in Salem MA has all sorts of funky botanicals including chinchona.

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                huuvola May 29, 2013 12:44 PM

                I was on a similar quest a few months ago and couldn't find any in Boston. During a visit to NYC, I picked some up at the excellent Kalustyan's. (However, looking at the Penn Herb link listed by Klunco, the prices at Kalustyan's are significantly higher.)

                Note that you can purchase cinchona bark either powdered or "cut" (meaning large pieces of bark). For making tonic, I found dealing with the powder much easier than trying to grind up large pieces of bark in my spice grinder.

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                  Klunco May 29, 2013 12:32 PM

                  In the past I've always ordered the bark from Penn Herb and been satisfied.


                  The plus with them is that they stock lots of other esoteric herbs you may or may not want for other infusions ie. wormwood, gentian, etc.

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