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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.”


…It’s Things Thursday: Moon Dust-DNA?

Moon Dust-DNA

Even if your watch contains parts of the Titanic, there’s now way it’s as cool as the Romain Jerome Moon Dust-DNA.

With a lunar inspired dial featuring real Moon dust, a steel and titanium case that incorporates steel from the Apollo XI space shuttle, rusted steel paws that include fragments form the Soyuz spacecraft, and a strap composed of fibres form a spacesuit worn during the International Space Station mission, the Moon Dust-DNA is about as cool as they come.

Moon Dust-DNA Collection

History doesn’t come cheap, as the watch line will range from $15,000 to more than $500,000, but it’s hard to put a price on exclusivity like this.

[Jomain Jerome – Moon Dust-DNA]

[Via: Born Rich]

…Top Gear built a space shuttle?

Top Gear Rocket

Top Gear, the very popular British automentary (television documentary about autos), stands by the motto “Go big or go home”.Recently Richard Hammond, one of the show’s presenters, was seriously injured after crashing a rocket-powered car at over 300 MPH.

Now, their latest debacle was an attempt at building and launching a space shuttle out of a Reliant Robin (a car not found in the US). The goal was to launch the car, and then glide it back down to the ground via remote control, though that’s not exactly what happened. (Skip to about 2:29 left in the video if you just want to see the good stuff).

[Via: Autoblog]