For 9 years we have been making absolutely fabulous chocolate. However we haven't been doing it with the stone wheeled "Melangeurs" that craft chocolate makers have been using. Why is that? Well, to be very candid with you, the stone wheeled melangeurs are actually designed to mill grains and seeds, and are not designed to make chocolate. They never were.
On top of that, using stone mills to grind cacao beans is based on technology that hasn't been used to make chocolate now for many years. This is why the larger melangeurs are not being made anymore and are extremely hard to find (although rumour mill has it that a company has started producing them again in Europe).
9 years ago when I first started Choklat (www.Choklat.com) I rolled the dice and purchased a couple of these JMJ40 machines from a company in China. They made amazing chocolate, so I bought a couple more. The 4 small machines we've been using here at Choklat have been running 24/7 for 9 years, and the only thing we've had to replace have been the heating elements.
They are rock solid. They have made us several million dollars worth of chocolate. Best of all? They are priced about the same as the stone wheeled melangeurs.
You can buy a grain mill from an equipment company to make chocolate, or you can buy a chocolate machine from a proven chocolate company to make chocolate. Just remember: This machine is the engine of your bean to bar business. You can't afford to make a bad decision on this piece of equipment.
Choklat is the official North American Dealer for these machines.
You can either get in touch with Clay Gordon here at the Chocolate Life, or contact me directly. He's been to my factory. He's seen my equipment, and he's tasted the product made with it.
Best Regards, and Happy Chocolate Making!