Chocolate experience with group 'Time Of Transition'

For the fifth time we had the pleasure to join the group of our friend Bernhard Guenther - 'Time Of Transition.'  Sacharuna Adventure brings the Chocolate Experience - our sacred cacao route in Chazuta.

The cacao experience is always very sacred for our visitors.   We understand the importance to reconnect with our Amazonian sacred ancestral culture.

River Huallaga boat ride - generally the favorite part of our chocolate experience for our visitors. As we prepare to move from the port of Chazuta to the Island of Shilcayo. On this occasion we visited a hidden island to see a cacao farm.

Going by boat through the Huallaga Valley is something indescribable.  Passing native communities, appreciating beautiful landscapes - full of life and different shades of green. Keeps all the passengers very happy.

When we arrived at our destination - the hidden island.  We met with the Chujandama family who gave the group a coconut each - for refreshment.

We walked around the farm, seeing native crops such as: plantains, yucca, sugar cane, etc.

For the first part of the cocoa experience, we get to know the taste of the cocao fruit.   In its natural state, harvesting ripe and healthy fruits.

We learnt at the island farm that cocao from the moment it is harvested has 2 types of fermertacion: Anaerobic - Where the cocao bean, does not breathe for 48 hours, with the intention of killing the embryo.  
Aerobics - the cocao is able to breathing in an open space . When bacteria called Acetobacter transform Ethanol into acetic acid, which penetrates into the seed producing changes that produce a substance that give good flavor and aroma to the cocao.   The fermentation process occurs for 6 to 8 days.

Later we return to Chazuta.  Al Sachacao, to eat our delicious regional lunch.

Coconut Ceviche - After our delicious lunch we went to the sweetest part of our experience, toasting the cocao and preparing the best handmade chocolate in the region.

Grinding the roasted cocao with Maria - ready to taste the chocolate.

Thank you very much it was a very special and super-sweet experience.
Until next time.
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Article by Daniel Lerner