a 2nd try
Batch 2 was more successful. I made this batch with Venezuelan Ocumare beans. The roast was still a shot in the dark, in fact every step in the process was a bit arbitrary. This batch was much better than the first but still not very good.
Update: It's been a few months since i made this batch, and I tasted it recently. A lot of chocolate makers age their chocolate before they shape it into bars and sell it. With this second batch of mine, the flavor does seem to have settled with the few months of aging - it's not as bitter, and the front taste isn't as acidic as it was when it was first made. The good flavors have a more lasting finish (when I first made it the fine flavors deteriorated quite quickly leaving a bit of a chemical taste in the mouth). I will say, this batch has grown on me!