Here is a listing of the must-read posts of this blog. I've divided it up into History, - yes, we have owned this farm for almost ten years and we have a substantial amount of history here, - Chocolate, Agricultural, and Miscellaneous sections.
Making chocolate is a distinctly different enterprise from growing cacao. The care of cacao seedlings, pruning, fertilizing, etc are all fascinating subjects for me yet could be terribly boring for someone who just wants to know how we make out chocolate. And the agricultural section will also include reports on growing coffee or making sugar or just how incredibly difficult it can be to get rid of invasive (yet pretty) plants like "mani."
Or perhaps you would like to visit us in Costa Rica and see how an authentic, working farm operates? You can eat chocolate and drink coffee farmed on the property, sweetened with our own cane sugar and served with our own fresh milk.
I like to say that I'm the only chocolate maker in America who uses the cacao beans and cane sugar from his own farm - and makes his own cacao butter as well.