Where Does Chocolate Come From? Hunt Cacao With Nova Monda





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Published on Jul 26, 2012

Where Does Chocolate Come From


In this video Gregory, one of the chocolatiers from Nova Monda Cacao and Chocolate, goes on a cacao hunt in Ecuador. For those people who wonder, "Where does chocolate come from?", this video is for you. Gregory finds the cacao, and shows how it is harvested. Harvesting cacao is the first step to making chocolate and cacao nibs.

He says, "Joseph and I are going to wonder in to the forest and check out the different varieties of cacao that we have on the farm. So we are going to go explore the different varieties of cacao bean, harvest maybe fifty or a hundred pounds of cacao and bring it back out to do a little micro ferment. Harvesting cacao is a super interesting process, and part of it involves being able to reach up and get cacao that is in top of these very old cacao trees. Welcome to the cacao grove, let the cacao hunt begin. This is the typical look of the cacao here on our farm. I'm really lucky to be learning where chocolate comes from and how to harvest it with people like Fabiola and other folks who have dedicated their lives to making chocolate. Not just chocolate, the best chocolate on the planet. At Nova Monda we are pretty excited to be part of every part of the process. To have our own farm and work with the farmers who we are friends with. It's exciting to be able to come out here and harvest ourselves, but the real artists are the campensinos. We will be sending in leaves to be genetically tested from all the trees that we have surveyed, so we should have a pretty good idea of what varieties we have got here.

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