Talamanca Chocolate
Talamanca Chocolate
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Make your own chocolate in this fun, informative hands on workshop. Starting with the cacao tree, you’ll learn the history, culture and traditional uses of this amazing tree. Then it’s back to the kitchen to make chocolate from a 2,000 year old recipe. Participate in every step of the process, from roasting, grinding, winnowing and milling. From the fresh fruit to wrapping your own finished bar!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Moe
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Heartening to see ethical and sustainable approaches to chocolate making. This is obviously a passion for Ansel and her team. I learned a lot from the visit to the cacao trees, right through to the production process. Making our own chocolate to take home was an additional and welcome bonus!
Written 10 January 2024
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Ashley S
Las Cruces, NM4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
An absolute highlight of my trip to Costa Rica. The education we received during our class was valuable in so many ways. Truly, cacao is in its entirety, is a medicinal plant and this class covers all aspects from the very start. We received education on what we eat at home (for me the states) but also much of what we do love (Hersheys? never again...) is only 10% cacao. This class will not only open your eyes but you will leave with a whole new appreciation for chocolate and revel in all its wonders. Don't miss this. Entirely worth it!!
Written 10 December 2023
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Cathy H
catliveshere74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Ancel is great at passing on her knowledge and the menagerie at the farm are cute as well. A great morning, I learned loads
Written 20 November 2023
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Jeannine B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We loved our morning at Talamanca Chocolate Farm. Ancel has an incredible knowledge about cacao and chocolate, from use in medicine over challenges in the modern chocolate industry. The farm is so cute, there is a super relaxed vibe about the place. We brought our 3 yrs old son and Ancel was so welcoming with him When he got restless we were able to let him roam around the farm and feed the chicken and play with the dogs.

We loved everything about the experience, you will make your own chocolates as well as tasting traditional hot chocolate.

They also sell their own chocolate bars if you are interested, they make super cute gifts (approx 1400 c per bar).
Written 4 October 2023
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Jennifer E
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Fabulous experience in Costa Rica. In this class you REALLY learn about chocolate - how cacao is grown, processed and revered. Then you get to experience it in all stages with help from the owner, Ancel. She shares her passion and knowledge as well as her farm friends, Hero, T-Rex and Paprika being favorites. It's hands-on making and tasting that went way beyond our expectations. At one point Ancel said that chocolate can change you; the trees go through rebirth and so can you when you begin eating a bar and then finish it a different person. I felt that after this class I was a different person with a new awareness and respect for the earth and all it has to offer, especially with respect to CACAO. Thank you Ancel! Your apprenticeship is appealing and one day I hope to see you again. :)
Written 21 July 2023
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PT1
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Absolutely lovely morning spent with Ancel who was a wonderful host. She explained in detail the history of chocolate, how it moves through the process from pod to chocolate bar and how she makes her very special own brands. She was funny, engaging and super helpful. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the area!
Written 6 February 2023
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Lynette H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
What a wonderful day! Up on a hillside surrounded by a jungle forest, howler monkeys in the treetops and cacao trees everywhere. So very informative and tons of fun and laughter as well. I know there are several other chocolate workshops in the area but I cannot imagine any being more personal and interesting as this. Delicious end results too!
Written 22 November 2022
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Kylie S
Sugar Land, TX4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This was hands down one of the best cooking classes/tours I've ever done (and ive done a lot of classes)!! You get to learn how to make chocolate from the very beginning, a cacao tree on a farm, to a beautifully wrapped chocolate bar; and learn about traditional versus modern ways too! Not only was the cooking part cool, but you also learn a ton of great information about the history, science, and culture of chocolate! I 100% recommend this tour!!
Written 1 April 2022
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Lucas A
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We turned up expecting a general demonstration of how chocolate is produced and some useful tips and knowledge to take away.

Instead, what we experienced was an exposure to a wealth of information regarding the cocoa bean, chocolate production, history (stretching as far back as the Aztecs), science (including medicinal and psychological benefits), culture, agriculture, ecosystem and much much more...!

During our particular session there was supposed to have been a power cut by the Costa Rican energy company. Therefore our host Ancel had to improvise and she was clearly conducting this lesson from her superb knowledge of chocolate production and cocoa bean and not a template for a preplanned lesson.

Ancel's ability to depart and communicate knowledge is outstanding! Her knowledge and ability to communicate and teach mixed with her amicable personality and sense of humour makes this lesson an amazing experience and we thoroughly recommend her tour.
Written 31 March 2022
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Barbara K
Amersfoort, The Netherlands10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We really loved this workshop! Ancel is a passionate teacher and tells you a lot about cacao trees and the history which is very interesting. After that she goes through the process of making chocolate step by step. It is a must do if you are in the area!
Written 9 March 2022
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