What is Chocolate?

Chocolate comes from the seed of a fruit that grows in a pod on a tree.

Cacao pod in Costa Rica

Cacao pod from Costa RicaCacao trees can only grow 20 degrees north and south of the equator. One tree can grow x amount of pods that have x amount of seeds. The come in all shapes, sizes and colours but generally look like a football.

When the pod is ripe they are removed from the tree.  (Bulk cacao vs fermented?) Cacao must be fermented within 2 days of being picked.

Fermentation process.

Fermentation Center in Upala, Costa Rica

Fermentation bins in Upala, Costa Rica

Drying bed in Upala, Costa Rica

What do we do?

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Roast

Winnow

Grind

Conch

Temper

Mold

Wrap.. that’a a wrap