Don't miss out, this was so much fun! My son and I were able to take a tour with Jeff through his mature old growth cacao farm and learn from start to finish the amazing history of the cacao bean. Jeff is engaging and knowledgeable, and believes in sustainable agricultural techniques to combat the fungus the has had such an impact on the cacao farming industry.
He's a great guy that has made an impact in the community and is helping to put local chocolate producers in the spot light. He carefully sourced additional beans from local growers to supplement his own yield to make some exquisite chocolate.
Throughout the tour through the property he explains the process of harvesting, fermenting, drying, and roasting cocao beans. At the top of his property is the fermentation and drying operation looking out over the jungle to the ocean, breathtaking! Nearby he provides samples of chocolates from his various suppliers and explains the subtle differences in each example. Guests are then invited to use a host of fresh ingredients to enhance the chocolate, Jeff started of the creative process by making a Thai chocolate with the addition of fresh ginger, curry, coconut, lemon grass. A variety of ingredients were available for guests to experiment with.
From there it's on to the factory where the beans are roasted, shelled and crushed into raw chocolate before being tempered and poured into molds and labeled.
From start to finish this tour was beyond expectation, allow time for a great, educational experience. In addition to the focus on chocolate, during the tour Jeff pointed out Sloths, a Montezuma bird, Toucans, strawberry poison dart, and the mint frogs as well. Golden Orb Spiders were abundant. Watch out for bullet ants.
A great tour with a great guy, you won't be disappointed!
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