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5 Reasons I Loathe Our Geese

I realize that it sounds silly to hate these seemingly innocuous creatures, but if you’ve ever had a goose quacking outside of your room at 2am, you know what I mean. There is goose shit absolutely everywhere. The kitchen & inside the cabins have only been saved because we have gates and doors to keep …

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Here It Is, The Big 20.

As the start of a project which will last 10 years, a fact intimidating enough on its own, this undertaking will also be one of the biggest commitments I’ve made in my life thus-far. To plan it out, in true Max fashion, I Googled a list of the top things that people wish they had …

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On My Grinder— Well, Cleaning It.

On the farm here in northern Ecuador, we pick and process cacao every other Thursday, allowing us to control each step of the bean-to-bar chocolate making process. Preparing the Premiere Wonder Grinder Part of our weeks-long chocolate making endeavor is the simultaneous grinding & conching of the fermented & dried & newly-roasted cacao beans. To do this in a more …

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