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Hands on Chocolate Making Course: Tree to Bar in Mindo, Ecuador

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Hands on Chocolate Making Course: Tree to Bar in Mindo, Ecuador

Time: June 9, 2014 at 9am to June 13, 2014 at 4pm
Location: Mindo, Ecuador
Street: 9 de Octubre
City/Town: MIndo
Website or Map: h…
Phone: 7346605635
Event Type: education
Created By: Barbara Wilson
Latest Activity: Feb 6

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Event Description

Mindo Chocolate Makers 2014

Chocolate Making Origins: From Tree to Bar

Location: Mindo, Ecuador


Dates: June 9-13, 2014

Cost: $1,250.00 per person (price does not include housing, meals, or transportation to and from Mindo)


Monday June 9

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Chocolate Making from the Bean: micro batches of pure chocolate

We will take a look at Mindo Chocolate Maker’s process and put in our first batch of chocolate.


Tuesday June 10

9:00 am -3:00 pm

Plantation tour to an organic, shade grown, small family farm

Meet a small cocoa farmer and family. Learn about different varieties of cacao plants, learn about different diseases that affect cacao, taste the fruit fresh from the tree, have a chance to harvest cacao and prepare it for fermentation.  Typical Ecuadorian lunch included on this day.


Wednesday June 11

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Post Harvest Processing of Cocoa Beans: fermentation to nibs

Hands on experience with the stages of fermentation, drying, roasting, winnowing, grinding into cocoa nibs


Thursday June 12

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Rustic Stone Ground chocolate and creating fabulous chocolate bars

making cocoa liquor

making batches of rustic chocolate

making cocoa powder and cocoa butter


molding bars


Friday June 13

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Finishing bars and chocolates, the business of chocolate

making truffles from artisan chocolate, packaging



Starting your own chocolate making business

fair trade, organic, shade grown, heirloom beans

Selecting excellent cocoa beans

Direct trade with farmers

Open Q&A



Each day, we will taste and and discuss the flavor and other characteristics of various brands and percentages of chocolate and comparison taste cocoa nibs

You will take home plenty of chocolate and other products that you make.


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