Chocolate Factory Tour at Cocoa Fair

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.

 

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Thuli

Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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