FEATURES : FOOD / DRINK

The Mast Brothers

By Tom Ran

Published August 12, 2010

Michael Mast and Rick Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

Michael Mast and Rick Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Rick and Michael sort through the cacao beans

Photo: Mindy Best

Rick and Michael sort through the cacao beans

Sorting through the beans

Photo: Mindy Best

Sorting through the beans

Michael grinding the beans

Photo: Mindy Best

Michael grinding the beans

More grinding from the stone grinders

Photo: Mindy Best

More grinding from the stone grinders

Churning of the chocolate during the tempering process

Photo: Mindy Best

Churning of the chocolate during the tempering process

Rick and Michael's first machine used to make early batches of their chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

Rick and Michael's first machine used to make early batches of their chocolate

The molds and the result

Photo: Mindy Best

The molds and the result

The finishing touches in the process

Photo: Mindy Best

The finishing touches in the process

At the end of the day the team gather around the butcher's table to wrap the bars.

Photo: Mindy Best

At the end of the day the team gather around the butcher's table to wrap the bars.

At the end of the day the team gather around the butcher's table to wrap the bars.

Photo: Mindy Best

At the end of the day the team gather around the butcher's table to wrap the bars.

Bags of cacao beans

Photo: Mindy Best

Bags of cacao beans

The end result

Photo: Mindy Best

The end result

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

Photo: Mindy Best

Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory

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The Mast Brothers Chocolate factory occupies only three rooms in a nondescript building in Williamsburg. The first doubles as a storefront that opens on the weekend to customers with much of the equipment fully exposed to the public. It’s a different story during the weekdays, it is there that the process of making their bean to bar chocolate begins and end. From sorting out the cacao beans to wrapping each bar by hand, the operation starts from one room to another and back again until the final product. Our photographer Mindy Best was on hand to document the experience while the crew was working on the short film. Watch our third installment on the Mast Brothers here.

COMMENTS

Kristen Haley
said at 4pm
September 3, 2010

This was a phenomenal video. Beautifully shot and edited and the story was very well told. <3

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