Notes from a Craft Chocolate Maker…

As a craft chocolate maker in Portugal, I had been thinking for a while, of visiting a cocoa farm to see not only the planting of cacao trees, but also all the processes of harvesting, cracking, fermentation, and drying of the beans. I was really interested in observing and learning what happens to cacao beans before theyContinue reading “Notes from a Craft Chocolate Maker…”

Have you ever experienced a cocoa adventure tour?

In the month of February, visitors from Europe and elsewhere come to Trinidad to experience our sunshine, beaches, and carnival activities. In February 2022, however, a bean-to-bar chocolate maker Monica Cardoso from Portugal, substituted cocoa for carnival, by participating in our Cocoa Adventure Tour – a seeing and doing agro-tourism experience. The two-week immersion tourContinue reading “Have you ever experienced a cocoa adventure tour?”

Why are cacao nibs considered a healthy, natural, nutritionally rich super-food?

What Are Cacao Nibs? Following the harvest, cacao beans are pulled out of the pods, fermented, and dried. Cacao nibs are simply crushed bits of the ‘meat’ from those raw cacao beans. One tablespoon of cacao nibs contains approximately two grams of fiber. Nibs are rich in: antioxidants potassium calcium magnesium They contain essential heart-healthyContinue reading “Why are cacao nibs considered a healthy, natural, nutritionally rich super-food?”