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Costa Rica and Chocolate.

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Explore Cacao Cultivation, Post-Harvest processing and Artisanal Chocolate Making in Costa Rica with local experts and your host, Julio Fernández Amón, founder of Sibö Chocolate. Visit cacao plantations, collection facilities and clonal gardens; and follow the tree-to-bar process firsthand from harvesting and fermentation to drying, roasting, winnowing and conching with both artisanal and industrial equipment. Your chocolate making will benefit from a deeper understanding of cacao cultivation and processing, and how this impacts bean flavor and quality.

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via Costa Rica Cacao and Chocolate | www.ecolechocolat.com

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There is an increasing demand for fair trade chocolate…

Location of Bilsa Biological Station within Mache-Chindul Reserve in Esmeraldas Province, northwest

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via Chocolate and the Conscious Consumer – The Mac Weekly

 

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Ethical tea and chocolate…

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via Tea and chocolate that are being sold as ‘Fairtrade’ are often produced by forced labour | Daily Mail Online

 

The way Origins tell a story…

So what is it about chocolate that gets us all ‘wild’? And why are many people, like me, so attracted to this substance?

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via Radicals of Chocolate: The way Origins tell a story

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Cocoa Challenging Violence

Feeling inspired and empowered by this documentary. It’s a brave and honest piece that gives a voice to all Colombians that keep working the Land, despite all the horrors that, for generations, the war has carved in their memory. Recommended to all of you that keep doing what you love, because you haven’t stopped believing in a better tomorrow.

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El Cacao: una producto de una lucha.

via Chocolate of Peace – English — Chocolate de Paz

 

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Xocolatl

Even cacao trees have mothers to be thankful for! Tall trees like banana, coconut, and rubber are often planted around cacao to provide the shade they need and are referred to as “mother trees.”

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via Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate op Instagram: “Even cacao trees have mothers to be thankful for! Tall trees like banana, coconut, and rubber are often planted around cacao to provide…”

 

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Pruning…cacao4hawaii

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Properly shaped seedling trees. Almost all the fruit is off the trees. Soon it’s the season for pruning. Some people no doubt see this as mundane, but there can be gratification in pruning. Especially after riding too much desk or swearing at chocolate machinery. Quietly shaping trees all day in a shady orchard. Bringing order to disorder. Stand back at the end of the day and appreciate the aesthetic.

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via Daniel O’Doherty op Instagram: “Properly shaped seedling trees. Almost all the fruit is off the trees. Soon it’s the season for pruning. Some people no doubt see this as…”

 

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