Make artesanal chocolate, bean to bar

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa RicaPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Ancel

2.5 hours, Hosted in English and Spanish
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Up to 10 people
Includes food

What you'll do

You'll learn the entire process from tree to bar, making chocolate from scratch: roasting, grinding, tempering then molding. With tasting all along the way.
Starting with the trees we'll talk about cultivation and harvesting and the role of fermentation and drying in the flavours of the chocolate. Then we'll make chocolate. You'll be grinding beans in our cast iron hand mills and winnowing the old fashioned way, then we'll be sharing the secrets of tempering before the delicate practice of molding the bars. Puerto Viejo has a long long history of cacao production and we'll share that history with you, talking about the characters and stories of the area as we teach you how to make great chocolate. You'll be joining our happy, tiny team of 4. There will be lots to learn and taste, from flavour development to label design, this is a full experience! This experience is the most hands on in the area, you will get chocolate on you!
Other things to note
We are a short walk from Puerto Viejo along the beautiful black sand beach of Playa Negra. Our farm is a forest of fruit, native and nut trees and the coolness of lush jungle is refreshing.
You'll learn the entire process from tree to bar, making chocolate from scratch: roasting, grinding, tempering then molding. With tasting all along the way.
Starting with the trees we'll talk about cultivation and harvesting and the role of fermentation and drying in the flavours of the chocolate. Then we'll make chocolate. You'll be grinding beans in our cast iron hand mills and winnowing the old fashioned way, then we'll be sharing the sec…

What's included

  • Food
    Throughout the class you'll be sampling all aspects of the cacao. From the...

Accessibility

Free admission for people assisting guests with disabilities

Meet your Host, Ancel

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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Making chocolate is an art, a delicious one. The Puerto Viejo area has been growing cacao for over 400 years and now you can experience how chocolate is made by hand, as it has been for centuries, and as it is now. The smells, textures and tastes of the chocolate making process will give you a truly authentic appreciation for the most loved sweet in the world. We have been growing organic cacao on our farm for over three decades and have been producing our award winning chocolate onsite. In this 3 hour experience you’ll participate in all aspects of the production, from roasting to wrapping.

I’ll be working with Sam Olvera, a chocolate maker and connoisseur specializing in the art of cacao bean fermentation. Sam will sometimes host classes, we’re really lucky to have her join us!
Making chocolate is an art, a delicious one. The Puerto Viejo area has been growing cacao for over 400 years and now you can experience how chocolate is made by hand, as it has been for centuries, and as it is now. The smells, textures and tastes of the chocolate making process will give you a truly authentic appreciation for the most loved sweet in the world. We have been growing organic cacao on our farm for over three decades and have been producing our award winning chocolate onsite. In this…
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Where you'll be

We'll be at Talamanca Chocolate in Playa Negra, Puerto Viejo. Part of our farm is a Botanical Garden, open to the public. After your experience why not tour the garden: we grow over 160 varieties of tropical fruit and nut trees. Our farm is home to many many native animals, amphibians, birds and reptiles. We often see sloths and toucans right out of the window as we make the chocolate. We're an easy 7 minute bike ride, from the center of town.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 269 reviews.

Tamara
October 2021
If you are into the power of nutrition, plants and culture/spirits, this is the event you’ll have to book. We’ve learned so much about the cacao bean, its history, the quality and everything about it, it was amazing. We will never look at chocolate the same way again……amazing!
Priya
September 2021
This was really wonderful. I'll say that it was probably a bit less hands-on than I expected, in that I think I thought we'd have our own stations. But it's more of a group effort. That being said, INCREDIBLY informative, delicious things to taste, great history, great location. Highly recommend :)
Marcy
September 2021
This was a great experience! Ansel is super knowledgeable and has so much interesting information... I now feel like I could use the cacoa and really enjoy it. The farm is wonderful, the atmosphere is great and the entire experience was completely worth it!
Anita
September 2021
You will learn not only about making chocolate but Ancel will give you such an amazing teacing about Cacao tree that you will feel connected to this plant internally. It is an amazing and genuine learning ecperience that comes rare these days.
Oksana
August 2021
היה סדנא מאוד מעניינת ומלמדת! חוץ מעל הקקאו אנקל סיפרה המון דברים מעניינים על ההיסטוריה של קוסטה ריקה דרך הקקאו, וכך התפתח גם שיח מעניין על נושאים אחרים גם. למדנו להכין קקאו והכנו בעצמינו, בהחלט חוויה שאני ממליצה עליה אצל אנקל !
Tiffany
August 2021
Learned a lot about chocolate and Costa Rica., and great talking with other class members from other parts of the world. Never a dull moment!!

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the Host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the Host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Pescatarian
Peanut allergy
Vegan
Tree nut allergy
Fish allergy
Soy-free
Gluten-free
Egg-free
Dairy-free
Vegetarian
Shellfish allergy

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

notebook and pen

camera