Chocolate Shipping Considerations

I am planning to expand the bean-to-bar reach thru online presence. Getting it published is easy for me as I have been in an online guy for quite a time. My problem is protecting the chocolate while in transit. I need to do my homework with this.

How do I pack and send it?  Here are some pointers I gathered:

– thick and sturdy packaging should be the first.  It must be strong enough  to resist dents and thick to repulse heat.

– spacing – Bare space in between the actual goods and inner packaging wall. I never tested it but probably stagnant air is better insulator than solid materials.

– sealed packaging – prevent hot air from entering. We need dead air as said, keeping in the colder air while preventing hotter entry.

– bubble wrap — metallized bubble wrap if available. It has cushioning effect, preventing any possible damage from mishandling. It create space and when we talk about space, each bubble has a sealed stagnant air inside. A very effective insulator, I supposed.

– expedite … next day delivery. The faster, the better. There will be less chances of chocolates exposing to unfavorable temperature.

– do not ship on weekend. It is about the Saturday afternoon and whole day Sunday day-off. Most likely package will be stored in a warm storage facility for that long. And, I don’t want that thing to happen.

– perishable and fragile Marking. My very first shipping attempt never went well. The customer was dissatisfied and showed me a photo of partially melted and dull looking product. I was sure I packed his order well will plenty of insulation. Guessed it was to blame to carriers end. For the next shipment, I asked for the “perishable and fragile” marking. It worked this time and the customer was satisfied.

The two marks are free. So I will be using it from then on.

– weather monitor. This thing never came to my before. Good thing I am a patient reader. More protection is needed in high temperature areas and less in colder places. Attention should be well focused on summer months.

– there is a receiving person at time of delivery. There must be someone there expected to take care of the package. Someone who knows he need to take good care of the recieved package. All efforts go to nothing if it is left under the sun.

– include temperature indicator… Inside the package. I am still not sure about it. I have never searched for it yet. I am sure it will be useful somewhat. Like the recipient knowing if the package was subjected to non tolerable heat.

Including dry ice and frozen gel pack is also a consideration. However, its added cost might be prohibitive.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The Hot Frosted Cinnamon Coffee

My friend arrived while I was busy grinding cocoa nibs. Too bad I could never offer him any snack. No any available in refrigerator and I couldn’t think of any decent available from nearby sari-sari store. I offered him we go to 7-eleven for coffee after finishing my chore.

No other decent coffee shop in town except for this place. The 7-eleven. One entrepreneur had tried opening a coffee shop before but it simply never clicked. His shop only lasted for few months. He should have been very successful if he acquired a Starbucks franchise instead. People here love the brand.

I never used the 7-eleven loyalty card.. that I bought before for ten pesos. I have never activated it in the first place. It was on my home table.

Get first the hot drink before paying? The paper cups were on top of coffee dispenser. We were noob and never knew how to operate it. We were trying hard sosi pretending only know how to order espresso coffee from a barista. We called the crew attention and asked for help. She said, just make a choice and press a button. With this setup, if someone is accustomed to, he could just get a coffee without paying, or just pay for the first cup and get a free refill. That is if the crew never noticed and the customer is somewhat dishonest. We are honest, so we paid.

7 eleven coffee dispenser

It still reminds me of my colleague who used to get unlimited Slurpy refill.

20 pesos coffee

Our choice were Frosted Cinnamon. Straight and frank analysis. It was very good a first but became pretty boring after the third sip. It was too sweet and seemed making my head spin a little. It was becoming sweeter as the cup got deeper. It gave the impression of their inefficient apparatus, could not mixed well the dispensed hot drink.

frosted cinnamon coffee

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

I Love BonChon! | Chap Chae, Chicken Drums and Thighs

It was my second time eating at Bonchon. It was in SM Mall of Asia Mall grounds the first time. I also took pictures for documentation but I forgot putting it online.

i love bonchon

I Love Bonchon! I got the article title from their very own slogan. It is a nice and catchy slogan. I your going to brag about where you ate, your going to ” I love Bonchon!” Even if you never say the words “I love”, it is going to cross your mind most of the time.

For those who are not familiar with the name yet, bonchon is a Korean word that means “my hometown”. So their slogan literally means “I love my hometown”. Knowing what it means makes the slogan nicer and more memorable.

The restaurant originates from South-Korea.

Our orders:

One Chap Chae for 79 pesos. I call it pansit with strands almost four times bigger than ordinary Pinoy version. Has a dark brown complexion. Combination of sweet and saucy taste sets it apart from other pansit that I have tasted. I am sure the sauce is soy sauce variant. Chap chae or jap chae is a Korean glass noodles.

chapchae

Two sets of Chicken Drums and Thighs with 2 Iced Teas for 155 pesos per set. The order we’ve got were really thighs and drums. It’s unlike Jollibee and McDo where they give chicken parts at random and you have to point out before hand if you want a specific part. She said it was garlic flavored chicken but I barely perceived it. What dominated was, again, the soy sauce. I see it as Mang Inasal’s with a very different taste. Generally good but I found it too salty for my taste buds.

bonchon chicken legs and thighs

Thank goodness, their iced tea tasted just right. Not too sweet and not two bland!

Two extra rice for 40 pesos. One rice order each were was simply not enough. We are touring are two kids around the mall after the meal. We need extra energy to ride with their naughtiness.

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

The 7 eleven Reward Card…

How many of you did get this 7-11 reward card?  I am not a big fan of this kind of promo, reward card, loyalty card or whatever they are calling it. They are good for regular, avid and impulsive customers. They sure can accumulate points easily and get the reward sooner.

I availed SM rewards twice and failed to activate them twice. I had Mercury Drug’s, National Bookstore’s and BDO’s. All of them are rotting somewhere I never know. The first two were offered to me several times before I signed up. BDO card was sent thru mail. I guess all depositors are being given.

I am an occasional 7-11 customer. Recently, the crew cashiers were asking every customers for a reward card, giving them the option to sign up in case none. For the second time the crew offered me, I asked how much it cost and what forms do I need to fill up. It was actually very cheap, 10 pesos only. I don’t need to fill up any form. I can activate the card through text message at time I am most convenient.  I said nodded. I paid for my order, the crew gave me the goods together with the card.

The card has been sitting on my table for almost two weeks now.  Shall I activate it? Shall I use it? Hmmmm….

the unactivate 7 eleven reward card

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

4-in-1 Kakanin sa Bilao. Biko, Ube at iba pa…

Did you know this not so popular store sells good tasting kakanin. It has no name. We don’t even know who the owner is. It looks like a fly-by-night store avoiding tax authorities, but it is always there every time we pass by. For the benefit of everyone, we pinpointed its location with the help of android phone, google map, gps and mobile internet. Here it is… Continue reading “4-in-1 Kakanin sa Bilao. Biko, Ube at iba pa…”

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.