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…It’s Things Thursday: TCHO?


TCHO is a very interesting chocolate company. Founded by a Space Shuttle technologist turned chocolate maker and a grizzled industry veteran who set up chocolate factories for 40 years from Costa Rica to Germany, TCHO takes a decidedly tech approach to the chocolate making process.

As such, they released a ‘beta’ version of their chocolate over a year ago, and have encouraged their customers to help develop the products through limited run, “beta editions” of the chocolate ever since.

TCHO Flavor Wheel

The enthusiastic ‘beta testers’ quickly moved their way through 1026 iterations of the chocolate, and after a solid year of very hard work, “Chocolatey”, “Fruity”, “Nutty” and “Citrus” flavors have all arrived and are ready for a “gold master” release, including new packaging and a finalized formula.

TCHO’s chocolate formula might have just graduated out of beta, but their factory certainly has not, as it’s been designed to produce more than 4,000 metric tons of chocolate per year, which makes them one of only a dozen other major chocolate manufacturers in the US.

In addition, TCHO has a social mission as well, and intends to move beyond just Fair Trade, and actually help farmers by transferring knowledge of how to grow and ferment better beans so that they can escape commodity production and become premium producers.

“In the end, there’s only one way to truly understand this story. Just put it in your mouth.”


…Denim factories are interesting places?

Denim Factory

David Friedman recently had a chance to tour through a denim factory in Kentucky that specializes in high-end jean distressing for top labels and designers, and if you’ve ever wondered what goes into making the perfect fade or loosening just the right amount of fabric to make those hundred dollar and up jeans you always see at the stores, then it’s definitely worth a look.

[David Friedman – Photo Essay: The Denim Factory]

[Via: Kottke]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Got Milk?

Got Milk?

Got Milk?’s latest informational site is a fantastic looking papercraft-esque factory that cranks out milk flavors like Gladiator Formulator (for help with muscle rebuilding), Zen Again (for help with PMS), Holy Molar (for help with cavities) and Shut Eye Battle Cry (for help with sleep).

On the site, you can learn all about milk’s health benefits, find recipes, learn about the Got Milk? brand history, and more.

If nothing else though, definitely check it out for the fantastic use of Flash that makes the site so beautiful.

[Got Milk?]


…Ecko Manufacturing hires hot girls?

Ecko Manufacturing

Ecko Manufacturing doesn’t look like any sweatshop that I’ve ever seen.

Apparently, after deciding that subtlety was just not their strong suit, Ecko Manufacturing decided to launch a viral ad campaign with the tagline of “Hot Girls Make Great Clothes”.

Whether or not that’s true is still up for debate, but there’s no debating the fact that a factory filled with hot girls is definitely one way to get people to browse through your catalog.

[Ecko Manufacturing]

…The factory tuners are coming?

To Catch A Preditor

Motive’s article, To Catch A Predator, which is all about the current trend of factories bringing their hot rod building in-house, is another example of why Motive is quickly becoming the place to go on the web for interesting automotive information.

The full range of tuners is covered, including AMG, M Division, John Cooper Works (JCW), Nismo, SVT/Ford Racing, SRT, Quattro GmbH, F, SS, GXP, V-Series, Super, Alpha, STI and Mazdaspeed, so if you’ve got a brand, they’ve got a tuner for you.

Perhaps the muscle car wars aren’t over after all…

[Motive – List: A Look At Factory Hot Rodders]