Great old brick building at the end of the street. Quiet for downtown. Beautiful, isn't it?
You walk into the store and the aroma hits you right off the bat. Wonderful aroma of fresh cacao beans. They come from Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, etc. The sort the beans by hand! They are a 100% organic fair trade chocolate company. Love the architecture in this building.
Irina reading all about the fresh ingredients before we go into the little factory.
Nik and Logan standing in front of the coffee roaster. I loved that the place took each step of the process and explained it on little signs for the kids to read.
She is the one of the things in this place just as yummy looking as the candy bars.
Yeh, Reni wanted to do her own hair today. They're all looking at how the organic candy bars are made.
This is stage 4, grinding w/ the stone machine. It is when they actually classify it as chocolate. We explained all the stages to the kids. 1) sorting 2) roasting 3) winnowing (separating the husk from the nibs) 4) grinding the bean 5) tempering (heating it to a certain temperature & melting it) 6) Eating (our favorite part!)
The boys watching the tempering process.
At this point, I think we're all drooling. LOL.
Looking at the new ingredients coming soon.
Warren explaining a little math to them. Kilograms.
I think he was quite happy with the chocolate factory.