How my universal got its name
As promised way too long ago in my last update, here's the story of how my universal got its name. It may be a bit anti-climactic if you've been waiting... Read more
Long overdue update! The Universal lives!
Hello! It's been a while.
First off, I'm really sorry that this update has taken so long! Most of the reason for this is due to problems with the new... Read more
Rewards and Grinder Update
I've had a few people contact me about their rewards, so I figured I should put out a new update.
As I mentioned in the last update, rewards started... Read more
Rewards to start shipping this week!
It's taken longer than I had planned (and longer than I had planned since I had to revise my plans after it took longer than I had planned the... Read more
I'm so excited to announce that my new packaging is finished! In fact, yesterday I shipped out the first bars in the new packaging to fulfill individual and shop... Read more
Backer Surveys Sent!
I sent all of the backer surveys out earlier this week. So, you should have received one already, unless you chose 'No Reward'. If you haven't received it, please... Read more
In the rewards surveys, there's no place for me to give much info about the various rewards. For those of you who ordered a t-shirt, I wanted to show you... Read more
Things are moving along!
I hope you all had a great holiday season! Mine was insanely busy (and happily so). I just wanted to give you all a quick update on the status... Read more
New Mold Design!
As I mentioned in the last update, I have received final samples of the new molds. They are awesome and I've given the go-ahead on the final order. I thought... Read more
New Bar Origin Selected!
Just a quick update today to let you know that I've selected the cacao that I'll use to make the new limited-edition single-origin chocolate bar!
My last update was all about... Read more
Bean Evaluation Process
It's been a couple weeks (again!) and so it's far past time for an update! I've been slammed with the order I mentioned in the last update, and while... Read more
It's been a couple weeks, so I wanted to give you an update on what I've been working on. At the time of the last update, I was still waiting for... Read more
As you may or may not know, it takes 2 weeks or so after the end of a Kickstarter project for the funds to be transferred to the project creator.... Read more
Just a quick update to let you know that I've just finalized the purchase of a letterpress. It's a Golding Pearl No. 11 that was built in 1897. Even though... Read more
We did it!
Thank you all so much!
The Kickstarter is over! We made it! The final amount pledged is $17,308! I am amazed and humbled at the generosity and support from 153(!)... Read more
Over $11k! Also, last-ditch raffle!
There's only 33 hours to go in the Kickstarter! We've broken the $11k mark, which is awesome! But...we still have over $3500 to go. So, I'm offering a last-ditch raffle... Read more
Big Day Yesterday! Over 10k!
Just a quick note to let you know that yesterday was the best day yet for my Kickstarter project and that we've passed 100 backers and $10k toward the goal (and quickly... Read more
Time's running out! (also, Top 50 Bean-to-Bar Makers in the US)
We're down to the wire! There's only 3.5 days left in the Kickstarter. So, if you've been waiting to become a backer, now's the time! :)
If you've already become... Read more
Only One Week Left!!!
First off, thanks again to all of you who have already backed my Kickstarter project! It appears that we are through the trough, as the past few days have brought... Read more
Totally Random Bonus Reward: Crocheted Potomac Chocolate Fish!
Have you ever wanted a small plushy of the Potomac Chocolate fish?
Well, here's your once-in-a-lifetime chance anyway. :)
So, my wife Cyndi crochets stuff--usually blankets, but she's also... Read more
More On Grinding and Refining Than You Wanted to Know
Buckle up. Let's talk more about grinding and refining chocolate than you could possible care about. :)
As you probably know, the main ingredient in chocolate is cacao seeds, a.k.a.... Read more
So, last night we passed $5000! That's 1/3 of the way towards our goal. Thanks to everyone who has supported this project so far!
Of course, we still have about... Read more
What Should the New Origin Be?
One of the goals for this Kickstarter is to develop and release a new, limited-edition single-origin chocolate. I did this as part of both of my previous Kickstarters: Upala, Costa... Read more
Why New Chocolate Bar Molds?
As I mention in the Kickstarter project, one of my goals is to get new chocolate bar molds. I've given a lot of thought to this and wanted to discuss... Read more
Over $4000! Also, the plague of the trough.
First off, thanks to all of you who have already backed my project! We've broken $4,000 and are well on our way to making the $15,000 goal. I really... Read more