Tree to Bar
Raw Chocolate Factory
Direct Trade • Vegan • Organic • Raw • Gluten Free • Soy free
Our Tree to Bar Raw Chocolate Factory produces small batches of chocolate in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua.
We work with 100% local and organic cacao beans.
Tour our our growing cacao farm and see how we make our chocolate! Learn about the history and benefits of the cacao plant medicine! *includes chocolate tasting*
$15 per person
*Book in Advance*
Learn the process of making chocolate with a 1-1 lesson with our Chocolatier. You will be able to take photos, take notes and ask as many questions as you'd like. He will share with you tips and secrets into making delicious chocolate and how to prepare medicinal ceremonial cacao drinks and cacao treats.
$1,200 per person
We work directly with our farmers to find quality cacao and make sure they are compensated for hand-picking each and every cacao pod.
In the future the cacao used for our chocolate will be sourced from our very own cacao trees.
We don't use any dairy or any animal products.
Adding dairy milk to chocolate causes the antioxidants found in cacao to become inactivated, potentially negating their beneficial health effects. This effect is thought to occur because the milk protein, casein, binds with antioxidants, reducing their ability to fight harmful free radicals.
We don't use any GMO, pesticides, artificial flavoring nor preservatives in making our chocolate
But what does Tree to Bar actually mean?
Tree to bar chocolate making is the highest level of craft and skill to control and balance the essence of real raw cacao into a bar of chocolate.
Here at El Pital, we are involved in the entire process of making our chocolate.
• We Hand-Pick fresh cacao fruits harvested from local organically grown cacao trees
• We Ferment the cacao in small batches to enhance the flavor
• We Use the strong Nicaraguan sun to dry the cacao beans to bring out deep and aromatic notes of chocolate.
• We Peel the beans, without toasting, to ensure the highest level of nutrition
• We Stone-grind the beans whole for 72 hours
• We Crystalize the cacao by hand in small batches to create the highest quality of delicious, artisanal raw chocolate with intentions of making every bite a heart expanding experience. ALL of our chocolate is made with L O V E.
We keep the the whole process from bean to bar under 48º degrees celsius to benefit from all the magic and medicinal properties the raw cacao has to offer.
The high heat when cacao beans undergo the roasting process reduces the levels of antioxidants in the cacao, removes enzymes, and minimizing the powerful health benefits found in the unprocessed, raw cacao.
Did you know?
Raw chocolate has thousands of living enzymes that have been preserved through the chocolate’s processing. All enzymes aid in healthy digestion and overall well-being, as well as enhance the absorption of vitamins and minerals found in raw cacao.
Chocolate can be infused with information and intentions during its crystallization process.
Raw cacao has the most magnesium, iron, Vitamin B, and zinc content per serving, out of all foods. Raw cacao is also the number one antioxidant food in the world. Additionally, raw cacao can fight acne, scars, and aging marks on skin, due to its high sulfur content.