I visited the Casa Ostrica Cacao Plantation this past Wednesday in Santa Rosa Ecuador.and learned all about chocolate and the process by which the chocolate is extracted from the beans. After grinding the beans I was extremely hot and perspiring. They served me a cup of hot chocolate and I immediately cooled off. It was so good I asked for a second cup.
It is a wonderful end result and I will never forget the fabulous taste of the fruit that surrounds the beans in the seed pod that I was fortunate enough to sample. If you ever have an opportunity to explore a Cacao Plantation do it!