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Pacha Chocolates, Puerto Lopez

(4.2/5 based on 20 reviews on the web)
Enjoy delicious hot chocolate and buy some tasty treats at Pacha Chocolates, producing 100 percent organic chocolate using only locally sourced Ecuador cocoa. The place is truly a chocolate lover's dream come true, selling everything from cocoa powder and cocoa paste, to chocolate bars and cocoa butter soap--sure to thrill a chocoholic expecting a few gifts from your voyages. To learn more about the chocolate making process, join a guided tour of the factory. Make Pacha Chocolates a part of your Puerto Lopez vacation plans using our Puerto Lopez vacation route planner.
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  • After a short drive with the owner to a nearby farm with a small cocoa plantation, we learned about the history of cocoa cultivation in the Americas, the different varieties of cocoa plants, and a whole lot about the cocoa fruit and the process of extracting the seeds and preparing them for further use. BONUS: we got to taste the cotton-candy-like flesh covering the cocoa seeds-sooo delicious and refreshing, and I had no idea this even existed! After the trip to the farm we went back to Pacha Chocolates where the manual processing of the cocoa seeds (roasting, de-husking and crushing, grinding and separation of cocoa mass and butter) were shown to us. Amazing to see that chocolate can be made using such simple tools and machines! This also made it very easy to really understand and appreciate the artisanal process of chocolate making. Between the different steps being shown and explained to us, we were served a delicious array of cocoa products: soft from cocoa-husk tea, to "cold" chocolate with an incredible cream and pure chocolate brownies, and a tasting of hand-made milk chocolate and dark chocolate. When I tasted the 87% cocoa dark chocolate I understood what we had been told at the farm about Ecuadorian "fine" cocoa... never before had I tasted a dark chocolate so rich and smooth, without any offending hardness or bitterness. All in all it was a great tour, with friendly and welcoming people and a host of information about cocoa and chocolate. An experience as rich as the treats we were served that I wholeheartedly recommend to any chocolate lover! I might add that the entire tour was given in Spanish, which our worked fine for us, but might be an issue for other tourists.
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  • was looking for gifts for her return and a villager I recommended this site... I CHARM. The sra.encanrgada spoke to me of how he made his latest creations and products... To invite me to try, I thought "here I am". The quality excellent and in addition to chocolates bought soaps handmade very exquisitely wrapped.
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  • We visited the store one afternoon and bought a couple of chocolate bars, brownies, some soap and lip balm. We went back for the tour and to see how the product was made which was interesting. Many of...  more »
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  • Good chocolate, just wished they'd add a little more of it to the hot chocolate.
  • A wonderful journey through the world of chocolate, cocoa. Very friendly people
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  • Very good artisan chocolate. The brownie are excellent
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  • Excellent. Site of interest. craft
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