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Cacao & Chocolate Boot Camp, seed to tree – bean to bar

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Cacao & Chocolate Boot Camp, seed to tree – bean to bar

Time: February 25, 2014 to March 1, 2014
Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Street: 20A Kainehe St.
City/Town: Kailua
Website or Map:…
Phone: 808-377-6440
Event Type: education, travel
Created By: Nat
Latest Activity: Feb 1

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Event Description

Join us for 5-days in paradise on a journey for chocolate. Practice farm skills in cacao orchards, visit with cacao researchers and farmers, learn about fermentation and drying for cacao, get hands on with bean to bar chocolate.

Do you love chocolate and thirst to learn more about how cacao is grown and made into chocolate? Never tasted the delicious lychee or mangosteen-flavored pulp of the cacao fruit? Want to see how the days-long process of fermenting cacao affects the micro-terroir of the chocolate flavor? This is the perfect tour for you! We’re having a cacao boot camp with everyone from Hawaii, mainland, European, and beyond chocolate makers and chocophiles coming out here to experience and learn cacao planting, cultivation, harvest, and fermentation and chocolate making for 5-7 days.  

We’ll introduce you to the cacao growers and fermenters throughout Oahu, an area we call the Napa Valley of cacao due to the amazing diversity of cacao flavors and microclimates in each valley up and down Windward Oahu and the North Shore. Each day we’ll visit, learn, and participate in a different aspect of cacao growing and processing with expert farmers, fermenters, agroforesters, university researchers, and chocolate makers in Hawaii’s burgeoning chocolate industry.

In the only place in the US where cacao grows, you’ll have beautiful accommodations near the beaches of Lani Kai and Kailua or famous Waikiki, and you’ll be driven between each of the spots each day, with time off in the evenings to enjoy all the amazing local food that Kailua and Honolulu has to offer. 

Walk into the cacao orchards of Oahu the moment you step off the plane and begin your journey into chocolate making, Hawaiian style. 

See a complete itinerary on our website.

Price: $1498 for tours, material, food, & transportation, excluding airfare & hotel


• All Ground Transportation – Field Trip, Farm Trips, Sunset Beach Trip, Airport Pick-Up and Departure Drop-Off, Scheduled Program Activities. For best transportation we request that participants stay with our lodging partners. 

• Breakfast Daily at lodging partner and Lunch Daily with group. Options for vegetarian, vegan and special dietary needs are available upon request. 

• Raw Materials for Chocolate Making in Program, Field Note Book for Farm Trips, Chocolate for Tasting Sessions and Cacao Pods for fermentation practice. 

• Workshops, Farm Tours, Facilitators and Instructors, Private Group Transportation and a real fun time. 

Does Not Include: Dinner meal, extracurricular tours or side trips, lodging.

Accommodations: We have arranged group rates of $100-200/night for Waikiki (Honolulu) and Windward Oahu hotels that we will send you on receipt of deposit.

Deposit: A deposit of $716 is required to reserve your space. To pay by credit card via paypal, click here:

or call 808-377-6440.

Payment may be made by check mailed to Madre Chocolate at 

PO Box 12172

Honolulu HI 96828 

with program registration form. 


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Comment by Nat on September 8, 2013 at 8:42am

We have great facilitators & educators for this bootcamp from all parts of cacao growing, fermentation, and chocolate making:

Dr. Nat Bletter, Madre Chocolate
Dave Elliott, Madre Chocolate
Brian Cisneros, Northwest Chocolate Festival

Seneca Klassen, Lonohana Chocolate

Dan O’Doherty, Cacao Services/University of Hawai'i Manoa

Dr. HC “Skip” Bittenbender, University of Hawai'i Manoa

Nick Dudley, HARC Maunawili
Charlie & Paul Reppun, Reppun Farm

Kylie Matsuda, Kahuku Farms

Judah Lum, Kahuku Farms 

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