Have you ever watched chocolate being made from scratch? I mean, get to see the beans, witness the grinding and tempering process to the final product?
I made a trip to Cocoa Fair, a small yet Africa’s only organic bean-to-bar chocolate factory situated at the popular Old Biscuit Mill inWoodstock. Chocolatier and co-owner, Antonino Allegra, took me through the factory explaining the processing, from raw material to the final end-product. My timing was bad, the artisans were at lunch, so I missed out on seeing them in action. Their beans are sourced from Ghana and the Dominic Republic. I wanted to know if there’s a taste difference between the beans sourced from different countries. I therefore tasted the raw beans. I discovered that the difference rests on flavour and the level of bitterness. After the tour, I couldn’t help but buy a few slabs of chocolates. I’m planning using them on a chocolate mousse recipe mmmmm!
Cocoa Fair pride themselves on social development i.e. they empower people from the community through job opportunities and skills development. You can book a tour for yourself and / or your friends and get to learn, taste and see how chocolate is manufactured. It’s very interesting you’ll love it! The factory is open to the public six days a week: Monday to Saturday.
In the meantime drool over this…..
or check out their site: www.cocoafair.com.