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I am interested in getting feedback regarding where people want to travel over the next few years so I can start planning.

I have two programs in the works for October 2011 -

  • London (Chocolate Unwrapped, Chocolate Week)
  • Paris (Salon du Chocolat)

I am also considering organizing a trip to Bali.

Where else to you want to go? Would you prefer European city tours (Belgium, Spain, Italy) or are trips to cocoa-growing countries preferred? Caribbean - Grenada? South America - Ecuador/Peru?

Where do you want to go?

 

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Peru would be of interest since it has only recently started to revitalize its chocolate industry and it is relatively unexplored.  Of course there is always Machu Picchu, one of the must-see wonders of the world, if the location is

convenient to the cacao plantations.

Peru is a very interesting country for many reasons - not least for the reasons you mention. I have not been, but did make connections at the government ministry level when I was in Bolivia in November. While I probably would not include the trip to Machu Picchu as a formal part of the trip, I would offer it as a supplement for people who wanted to visit.

Hi Clay,

I would love to visit a cocoa growing country! You have been around. Which one did you like most? My first thought is the wild beans in Bolivia. What do you think?

Chocolove, Vera

Vera:

I have visited cacao farms in: Hawaii, Mexico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Belize, Grenada, and the Dominican Republic. Each is very different and all of them hold special memories for me so it's like trying to pick a "favorite" child.

That's one of the reasons I offer trips to different countries. It's also very important to visit more than one, as the cultural fabric in which cacao is woven is different in each country. That's one of the things I try to do in my trips - put cacao into cultural context - not just cover the mechanics of growing, harvesting, and post-harvest processing. Also, some trips are just physically easier because the tourism infrastructure is there.

If you only visit one or two farms in one country you still have an incomplete knowledge. It's one of the real reasons why I want to go to Bali as I've never visited anywhere in SE Asia ... so my knowledge is incomplete. I have a goal of visiting every cacao-growing area in the world and hope to make it to the majority of countries within each region.

I know Original Beans has a strong connection to the wild cacao of the Beni and so it would be go for you to go there at some point. I was in Bolivia twice in 2010 but I do want to get back there sooner rather than later - it's on my list.

:: Clay

Hello Clay.  I would love to connect with you some how.  I am headed to Colombia to visit farms and see the process first hand.  I would so appreciate any guidance or recommendations in planning such a journey. Are you by any chance heading there yourself over the next few months?

~Maureen 

Being Brazilian, I am partial to the northeast region of Brazil called Bahia. They've been growers for many, many years and some of them are actually part of this community.

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