18 Photos - Jul 4, 2014
Photo: A quick introduction: From the cacao fruit, through the drying process, and finally ground into a pastePhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: Checking out organically grown additions such as ginger root, stevia, and lemongrass. YUM!Photo: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: Lemongrass is a wonderfully refreshing flavor addition, especially when fresh!Photo: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: coffee ready to be plucked and enjoyedPhoto: Drying the delicious cacao beansPhoto: A cacao bean in the drying processPhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: giving pure nibs a little tastePhoto: Mindo Ecuador Chocolate Tour: Drying the BeansPhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: sifting through the nibs and blowing away any remaining shell piecesPhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: Explaining the mixing process, precise temperatures, and the addition of the milk and sugarPhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: Our first tastingPhoto: The tasting table...my favoritePhoto: Mindo Ecuador Chocolate TourPhoto: Mindo Ecuador Chocolate TourPhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: adding a bit of sugar and hot chili to the pure cacao pastePhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: perfectionPhoto: Chocolate Tour Mindo Ecuador: add a little ginger syrupPhoto: Mindo Ecuador Chocolate Tour: World's Best Brownie?? Perhaps!