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
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Mexican cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
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...

Meet your host, Ancel

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 252 Reviews
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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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Sun, 1 Aug
£26 per person
10:00 - 12:30
Join 2 other guests
£26 per person
Mon, 2 Aug
£26 per person
£26 per person
Wed, 4 Aug
£26 per person
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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 4.96 out of 5 from 252 reviews.

Linus
July 2021
War sehr schön etwas über Schokolade zu erfahren. Es wird keine klassische Supermarkt Schokolade mit Milch a la Snikers etc. hergestellt und das ist auch gut so. Geschmacklich nicht für jeden etwas, aber trotzdem super schön dabei gewesen zu sein. Hat sehr viel spaß gemacht.
War sehr schön etwas über Schokolade zu erfahren. Es wird keine klassische Supermarkt Schokolade mit Milch a la Snikers etc. hergestellt und das ist auch gut so. Geschmacklich nich…
Francesca
July 2021
This experience was one like no other. Ancel was so kind, generous, and truly knowledgeable about chocolate and its history. I had an amazing and unforgettable time. Cannot recommended highly enough!
Sandra
July 2021
I really wanted to make sure I got a local kinda feel experience and learn as much as I could about the history of chocolate and i got that exactly. The education was spot on and conversation was even better.
Dina
June 2021
Ancel is one of the most beautiful souls you will ever meet. Her knowledge, humor, and kindness made it so hard to leave this experience. I can’t wait to come back and learn more from her.
Mariah
June 2021
Before booking, I remember reading other reviews that said “Ancel is so knowledgeable about chocolate!” and I thought to myself “what could she possibly teach me about chocolate?” Well, I’m happy to say I learned more than I ever could have imagined about chocolate, from history to parts of the plant to cultural lore and more. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who will be in the area. Absolutely unforgettable and 100% worth every moment!
Before booking, I remember reading other reviews that said “Ancel is so knowledgeable about chocolate!” and I thought to myself “what could she possibly teach me about chocolate?”…
Dimitri
June 2021
Great tour where we learned about the traditional the history of the cacao plant, it’s farming and chocolate making. Ancel is the center point of the experience and shares her vast knowledge about cacao plant farming and making the product that is enjoyed around the world.
Great tour where we learned about the traditional the history of the cacao plant, it’s farming and chocolate making. Ancel is the center point of the experience and shares her vast…

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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 your needs to be accommodated.
Fish allergy
Gluten-free
Pescatarian
Soya-free
Tree nut allergy
Vegan
Peanut allergy
Egg-free
Dairy-free
Shellfish allergy
Vegetarian

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled 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

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